Winter Activities in the Outer Banks

The Outer Banks is a family-friendly getaway location, famous for its lovely beaches. However, the area is also a great winter vacation destination, with lots to do and see during the off-season. You can even find discounts on Outer Banks vacation rentals for off-season travelers. Below are some of the region’s top winter activities.

Visit a Local Museum
The Outer Banks is home to several museums for visitors of all ages and from all walks of life. These include the Outer Banks Children at Play Museum, the Frisco Native American Museum, the Fort Raleigh National Historic Museum, and the Dare County Airport Museum. Located in nearby Kitty Hawk, the Wright Brothers National Memorial Center and Museum is another good choice. The Wright Brothers took the first airplane flight nearby and it’s an important part of the area’s history.

Enjoy a Hike
Hiking is an enjoyable activity during cool weather, and the Outer Banks is home to many lovely hiking trails. Visitors can enjoy a hike through the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, where birds and animals can be seen in their natural habitat, or travelers can opt for a quick, easy hike through the Duck Town State Park. Regardless of whether one is a beginner or a seasoned hiker, the perfect trail can be found in the Outer Banks.

Shopping Opportunities
Whether visitors are searching for souvenirs, apparel, or gifts for friends and family back home, the perfect shop can be found in the Outer Banks. From quaint boutiques selling handmade arts and crafts to large outlets such as the Nags Head Tanger Mall, there is a store to please everyone. There is also a vast array of shops that sell candy, baked goods and gourmet tea and coffee.

Tour a Lighthouse
Five impressive lighthouses are found in the Outer Banks. At the northern end of the region is the Currituck Beach Lighthouse, which is the area’s oldest lighthouse. The Bodie Island Lighthouse is located in Nags Head, and on nearby Roanoke Island, one will find the Marshes Lighthouse, which some claim is haunted. The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse–located in the region after which it was named–offers outstanding photo opportunities. Finally, one can travel to Ocracoke Island to visit the popular Ocracoke Lighthouse and its adjacent gift shop. All structures are open for tours 365 days a year.

Observe Wild Horses
Those visiting the Outer Banks can enjoy a guided excursion to see wild horses in their natural habitat. Scheduled tours are available during which patrons can observe the wild Colonial Spanish Mustangs that live in the area. One can choose from several different tours, all of which are sponsored by the Corolla Wild Horse Museum. The proceeds benefit the region’s wild and endangered horses.

Other winter activities in the Outer Banks include golf, dining, or visiting a day spa for some rest and relaxation. Regardless of which attractions and activities one chooses, an off-season trip to the Outer Banks is sure to be a pleasant and memorable experience.

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