Outer Banks Attractions

  • Outer Banks, NC is home to much more than the most beautiful beaches on the East Coast.
  • Take advantage of the beautiful Atlantic Ocean and Albemarle Sound.
  • Enjoy the many great shops, restaurants, nightlife, and cultural activities.

Outer Banks History

A visitor's center, interpretive programs and nature trail are open to the public at the site of Sir Walter Raleigh's ill-fated attempts of settlement in 1585.

A 27-acre North Carolina State Site and cultural center, is a celebration of history, education and the arts. The island was a starting point for English Colonization in The New World whose settlers arrived under Sir Walter Raleigh's sponsorship from 1584-1587. Adventure museum, art gallery, film theater, Elizabeth II (a replica 16th century sailing vessel) and more.

America's oldest outdoor drama, written by Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Green, tells the story of "The Lost Colony," an unsolved historical mystery. The show is presented nightly, except Sundays, at 8:30 p.m., from early June to late August. We highly recommend for families. Location: Off Hwy. 64/264, Roanoke Island.

Historical sites from The Outer Banks Visitors Bureau

Located nearby at Milepost 8, just a quick drive (or bike ride) away. National Monument and museum. This is where Wilbur and Orville Wright made the first powered airplane flight, on December 17, 1903. The Visitor Center has a full-scale replica of original plane, the "Wright Flyer," as well as talks on the history of the Wright Brothers, various information services, and exhibits. Just 1.5 miles from the Yancey.

Outer Banks Aquariums, Parks, and Gardens

Located next to Fort Raleigh, the gardens are a living memorial to Queen Elizabeth and Sir Walter Raleigh's "lost colonists." The gardens feature a sunken floral garden and herb, wildflower and rose gardens that surround priceless pieces of antique statuary.

A 426-acre park with the largest natural sand dune on the East Coast. Hang gliding, kite flying, hiking all available. Just 3 miles from the Yancey at MP 12.5 in Nags Head.

See many fish species, including sharks, sting rays, sea turtles, electric eels in all types of habitats. 

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