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#1 of 93 attractions in Outer Banks
Category: State Parks; Geologic Formations; 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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#2 of 93 attractions in Outer Banks
Category: Lighthouses; Historic Sites
The nation's tallest lighthouse was moved to a different location to preserve it.
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#3 of 93 attractions in Outer Banks
Category: National Parks; Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Beaches
A national seashore preserve that has the most extensive stretch of undeveloped seashore along the Atlantic coast.
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Frisco Beach (Frisco)
#4 of 93 attractions in Outer Banks
Category: Beaches
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#5 of 93 attractions in Outer Banks
Category: History Museums; Historic Sites
Park where visitors can see a replica of the Wright Brothers' plane and receive an entertaining history of flight.
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#6 of 93 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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#7 of 93 attractions in Outer Banks
Category: Lighthouses
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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#8 of 93 attractions in Outer Banks
Category: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks
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Jennette's Pier (Nags Head)
#9 of 93 attractions in Outer Banks
Category: Wharfs/ Piers/ Boardwalks
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Carova Beach (Corolla)
#10 of 93 attractions in Outer Banks
Category: Beaches
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Island Farm (Manteo)
#11 of 93 attractions in Outer Banks
Category: Historic Sites
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. « less
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#12 of 93 attractions in Outer Banks
Category: Lighthouses
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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#13 of 93 attractions in Outer Banks
Category: Theaters
Owner description: Bursting with action and excitement, The Lost Colony is epic story of America's first English colony.Over thirty years before... more » Owner description: Bursting with action and excitement, The Lost Colony is epic story of America's first English colony.Over thirty years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, a group of 117 weary men, women and children waded ashore on Roanoke Island in July 1587 to establish the first permanent settlement of its kind in the Americas. Recruited by Sir Walter Raleigh, among these settlers was John White, his pregnant daughter, Eleanor Dare, her husband Ananias and the Indian chief Manteo who had become an English ally during a previous visit in Britain.They unloaded their belongings and supplies and repaired on old fort previously erected on the island. On August 18, 1587 Eleanor Dare gave birth to a daughter she named Virginia, thus earning the distinction of being the first English child born on American soil. Ten days later, John White departed for England promising to return with more supplies. It was the last time he would ever see his family.Three years later, John White returned to Roanoke Island on his granddaughter's third birthday only to find the settlement deserted, plundered and surrounded by overgrown brush. On one of the palisades, he found the single word "CROATOAN" carved into the surface, and the letters "CRO" carved into a nearby tree. The 117 pioneers of Roanoke Island had vanished into the great wilderness and into folklore. Their collective fate to this day remains unknown and is considered to be America's greatest cold case. Nestled along the shores of America's most historic and mysterious island, over 100 professional actors, technicians and designers have gathered every summer since 1937 to honor the memory of the brave people who came here to build a new country. The production is as epic as their story. Written by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Paul Green, The Lost Colony is a cultural treasure and the best family entertainment on the Outer Banks!Performances Monday through Saturday nights May 30-Aug. 22, 2014 At 8PM. Monday nights are kids nights, with a special curtain time of 7:30. « less
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#14 of 93 attractions in Outer Banks
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Beaches

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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#15 of 93 attractions in Outer Banks
Category: Specialty Museums; Historic Sites
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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#16 of 93 attractions in Outer Banks
Category: Hiking Trails
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#17 of 93 attractions in Outer Banks
Category: Monuments/ Statues
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#18 of 93 attractions in Outer Banks
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Currituck Beach (Corolla)
#19 of 93 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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#20 of 93 attractions in Outer Banks
Category: Tourist/ Visitor Centers
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Studio 12 (Avon)
#21 of 93 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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British Cemetery (Ocracoke)
#22 of 93 attractions in Outer Banks
Category: Cemeteries; Historic Sites
The remains of four British soldiers whose ship was sunk off the coast during World War II are buried here.
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#23 of 93 attractions in Outer Banks
Category: History Museums
A tiny museum that features the history of Blackbeard, the 18th-century pirate.
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#24 of 93 attractions in Outer Banks
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Nags Head Woods Preserve (Kill Devil Hills)
#25 of 93 attractions in Outer Banks
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Forests
Located in the Outer Banks, this preserve is one of only a few maritime forests left in its natural state.
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#26 of 93 attractions in Outer Banks
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
An off-beat wildlife refuge that is interesting for children.
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#27 of 93 attractions in Outer Banks
Category: Aquariums
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#28 of 93 attractions in Outer Banks
Category: Historic Sites; History Museums; Ships
History comes alive with a replica of Elizabeth II's era and costumed-sixteenth-century characters.
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#29 of 93 attractions in Outer Banks
Category: Gardens
A reproduction of a garden of the time of Elizabeth I located on Roanoke Island.
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#30 of 93 attractions in Outer Banks
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