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Ranked #1 of 83 attractions in Outer Banks
Category: Off road/All Terrain Vehicle Trails
Owner description: We offer Jeep Rentals to see the Outer Banks Wild Horses. Rick's Jeep Adventures is the only rental company in the Outer... more » Owner description: We offer Jeep Rentals to see the Outer Banks Wild Horses. Rick's Jeep Adventures is the only rental company in the Outer Banks that allows you to customize the Jeep the way you like. These options include the choice to put the top down, take the doors off, avoid direct sunlight with a mesh SPF50 Bikini Top and a complimentary iced cooler. Our Jeeps are customized for beach driving, with top of the line AEV lifts from 3 to 5 inches and 17 inch alloy wheels with 35 inch Kevlar sidewalled tires. These additions not only look great but offer superior handling, ground clearance and traction on the beach. Rent from the best and all you need to do is enjoy your ride! Your off-road Jeep adventure lasts a little over 2 hours. The Jeep tour will take you across the pristine 4X4 beaches. Because our Jeep Rentals are "self driven" but "fully guided" we can offer a full money back guarantee to find the horses. Following a guided tour provides you with access to our guides who enjoy sharing local history and information on the Spanish Wild Horses. Our guides are your GPS and can guide you safely around the 6-7 feet deep mud puddles of Carova and keep you safe back behind the dunes. At Rick's Jeeps we care about our local area, so we want to make sure that everyone has fun on the beach with the minimum environmental impact possible. We also want to ensure that the Spanish Mustang Ponies of the Outer Banks stay free and wild for generations to come. « less
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Ranked #2 of 83 attractions in Outer Banks
Category: Historic Sites; Lighthouses; Landmarks
The nation's tallest lighthouse was moved to a different location to preserve it.
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Ranked #3 of 83 attractions in Outer Banks
Category: Geologic Formations; State Parks; Nature and Parks

As most people familiar with Jockey's Ridge, it is famous for the being the largest sand dune on the east coast. The views from the top are spectacular, as you have a beautiful... more »

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Frisco Beach (Frisco)
Ranked #4 of 83 attractions in Outer Banks
Category: Beaches
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Ranked #5 of 83 attractions in Outer Banks
Category: Beaches; National Parks; Nature/ Wildlife Areas
A national seashore preserve that has the most extensive stretch of undeveloped seashore along the Atlantic coast.
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Ranked #6 of 83 attractions in Outer Banks
Category: Beaches

Life guards are at the beach, and minding the beach. Water is warmer than at other OBX locations. The location is highly regarded, but the beach is not really crowded. The... more »

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Ranked #7 of 83 attractions in Outer Banks
Category: Historic Sites; History Museums
Park where visitors can see a replica of the Wright Brothers' plane and receive an entertaining history of flight.
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Ranked #8 of 83 attractions in Outer Banks
Category: Lighthouses; Landmarks
Owner description: Used today to light the dark stretches of the southern coastline, this lighthouse was built in 1875 and today can be climbed... more » Owner description: Used today to light the dark stretches of the southern coastline, this lighthouse was built in 1875 and today can be climbed by the spiral staircase that reaches up 150 feet. « less
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Ranked #9 of 83 attractions in Outer Banks
Category: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks; Landmarks
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Ranked #10 of 83 attractions in Outer Banks
Category: Lighthouses; Landmarks
Owner description: An interesting and still important lighthouse that can be visited but not climbed. (NOTE: The lighthouse is currently under... more » Owner description: An interesting and still important lighthouse that can be visited but not climbed. (NOTE: The lighthouse is currently under construction, and is expected to re-open in summer 2013, with the ability to be climbed for the first time) « less
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Island Farm (Manteo)
Ranked #11 of 83 attractions in Outer Banks
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks
Owner description: Experience life as it was before the Civil War. Join interpreters dressed in period attire as they carry out the daily... more » Owner description: Experience life as it was before the Civil War. Join interpreters dressed in period attire as they carry out the daily activities of a Roanoke Island farm in the 1850s. Hands-on activities and demonstrations: Woodworking, cooking, blacksmithing, children's games and ox-drawn wagon rides are just a few activities offered. Activities vary daily. Open seasonally from April to November - Wednesday through Saturday - 10am until 4pm. « less
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Jennette's Pier (Nags Head)
Ranked #12 of 83 attractions in Outer Banks
Category: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks; Landmarks
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Ranked #13 of 83 attractions in Outer Banks
Category: Historic Sites; Specialty Museums
Owner description: Take a step back in time when you visit the Whalehead Club! Originally built in the 1920s, this magnificent residence has... more » Owner description: Take a step back in time when you visit the Whalehead Club! Originally built in the 1920s, this magnificent residence has been restored to its original grandeur and is open for tours year round. Located inside Currituck Heritage Park, the museum is situated on 39 acres of pristine waterfront property, and is located in the heart of Historic Corolla. « less
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Currituck Beach (Corolla)
Ranked #14 of 83 attractions in Outer Banks
Category: Beaches
Location of the only lighthouse in the state of North Carolina that is still located where it was erected.
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Studio 12 (Avon)
Ranked #15 of 83 attractions in Outer Banks
Category: Art Galleries
Owner description: Studio 12 is a fun place for kids and kids at heart. Bring in the whole family for some artsy fun. Create your own mosaic,... more » Owner description: Studio 12 is a fun place for kids and kids at heart. Bring in the whole family for some artsy fun. Create your own mosaic, paint some pottery or take a class in glass fusion. Browse our gallery to find unique gifts made by owners Carolyn and Gary Schena. Studio 12 is fun for all ages! « less
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Carova Beach (Corolla)
Ranked #16 of 83 attractions in Outer Banks
Category: Beaches
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Ranked #17 of 83 attractions in Outer Banks
Category: Museums
Owner description: The Ocean Center provides a wide variety of recreational and educational activities for people of all ages. Please come view... more » Owner description: The Ocean Center provides a wide variety of recreational and educational activities for people of all ages. Please come view the exhibits, experience the wetlands and coastal forest, attend our programs and events, and use our ocean access. « less
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Ranked #18 of 83 attractions in Outer Banks
Category: Scenic Drives
Owner description: We are a Jeep rental/tour company. Rent a Jeep and go on the beach to see the Corolla Wild Horses. All tours will cover 25... more » Owner description: We are a Jeep rental/tour company. Rent a Jeep and go on the beach to see the Corolla Wild Horses. All tours will cover 25 miles round trip. We have the largest fleet of Jeeps in Corolla. « less
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Ranked #19 of 83 attractions in Outer Banks
Category: Monuments/ Statues; Landmarks
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Ranked #20 of 83 attractions in Outer Banks
Category: Beaches; Nature/ Wildlife Areas

Pea Island isn't as close to many of the places listed on this site as the mileage notes indicate although they are within 30-45 minutes so refer to a map when planning. Pea... more »

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Ranked #21 of 83 attractions in Outer Banks
Category: Scenic Drives; Tours
Owner description: See the Corolla Wild Horses in an open air truck. We have custom vehicles that will seat up to 14 people. All tours have a... more » Owner description: See the Corolla Wild Horses in an open air truck. We have custom vehicles that will seat up to 14 people. All tours have a money back guarantee and are safe for all ages. This is a must do tour if you are on the Outer Banks of NC. We have been safely guiding for over 15 years. All guides are certified by the Corolla Wild Horse Fund. « less
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Ranked #22 of 83 attractions in Outer Banks
Category: Aquariums
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Ranked #23 of 83 attractions in Outer Banks
Category: Art Galleries
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Ranked #24 of 83 attractions in Outer Banks
Category: Tourist/ Visitor Centers; Traveler Resources
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Ranked #25 of 83 attractions in Outer Banks
Category: Hiking Trails
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Ranked #26 of 83 attractions in Outer Banks
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Nature and Parks
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Ranked #27 of 83 attractions in Outer Banks
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Nature and Parks
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Ranked #28 of 83 attractions in Outer Banks
Category: Gardens; Nature and Parks
A reproduction of a garden of the time of Elizabeth I located on Roanoke Island.
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Nags Head Woods Preserve (Kill Devil Hills)
Ranked #29 of 83 attractions in Outer Banks
Category: Forests; Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Nature and Parks
Located in the Outer Banks, this preserve is one of only a few maritime forests left in its natural state.
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British Cemetery (Ocracoke)
Ranked #30 of 83 attractions in Outer Banks
Category: Cemeteries; Historic Sites; Landmarks
The remains of four British soldiers whose ship was sunk off the coast during World War II are buried here.
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