Nags Head Things To Do

Nags Head things to do are endless. It's a recreation wonderland that stretches from beneath the sea into the heavens. Whether you’re an amateur or professional adventurer, you’ll discover plenty of Nags Head things to do to satisfy you and the experts and equipment to make your pick a pleasurable and safe one.

For Nags Head recreation, try snorkeling famous shipwrecks, sailing sound waters, surfing rolling seas or soaring over Jockey’s Ridge in a hang glider. Witness wildlife through dolphin watches or by wetting a fishing line. Nags Head has a stem to stern bike path that runs along the Beach Road (N.C. Highway 12) from MP 10 to MP 21. Nags Head recreation might also be taking the Nags Head Walking Tour and learning about the original 13 cottages built for summering over.

Natural wonders top the list for Nags Head things to do. The beach is the main entree with soundside bathing and treks to Jockey's Ridge as exciting side dishes. Explore Nags Head by foot, bicycle, watercraft or plane for a complete view of the fragile ecosystem.

Family fun and kiddy thrills range from arcade extravaganzas, a summer carnival, climbing adventure park and disco bowling blasts to go-kart races and rounds of golf or mini-golf. Enjoy an outdoor family movie on the soundside or become a karaoke star. Inside fun or outdoor Nags Head recreation adventures await in this vacation haven.

Remember: Locals refer to N.C. Highway 12 (aka Virginia Dare Trail) as the Beach Road and U.S. Highway 158 (aka Croatan Highway) as The Bypass.
 

Things To Do by Location

All of Nags Head Area | Kill Devil Hills Things To Do | Kitty Hawk Things To Do

Nags Head Things To Do by Category

Beach Braids Hair Wraps & Henna

Nags Head Thing To Do
4104 S. Virginia Dare Trail, The Beach Road, MP 13, Nags Head
(252) 441-6970
791 Sunset Boulevard, Corolla
(252) 453-0310
1171 Duck Road, Duck
(252) 261-3769

Get the ultimate vacation souvenir with a colorful hairwrap, some cornrows or a temporary tattoo. Beach Braids is the only Outer Banks shop offering natural henna tattoos in addition to Jagua tattoos, all 100% plant based and brown or blue/black in color. All three Beach Braids locations have a Mendhi artist on staff during peak season. This store also sells custom, handmade hemp jewelry. Appointments or... read more

Get the ultimate vacation souvenir with a colorful hairwrap, some cornrows or a temporary tattoo.... read more

Causeway Watersports

Nags Head Thing To Do
7649 S. Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head/Manteo Causeway, Nags Head
(252) 441-8875

Whether you enjoy the thrill of parasailing, the excitement of a Waverunner or a quieter dolphin tour, it's waiting for you at Causeway Watersports. This adventure mecca is on the Nags Head/Manteo Causeway (look for the 30-foot observation tower near Basnight’s Lone Cedar Cafe). They offer Jet Ski rentals too. For a great deal ask about their parasailing t-shirt photo package. Causeway Watersports does not... read more

Whether you enjoy the thrill of parasailing, the excitement of a Waverunner or a quieter... read more

Cavalier Surf Shop

Nags Head Thing To Do
4324 S. Virginia Dare Trail, The Beach Road, MP 13.5, Nags Head
(252) 441-7349

One of the oldest surf shops on the Outer Banks, Cavalier is a family-run operation and is known for providing great customer service in sales and rentals. You can buy or rent hard or soft-top surfboards, bodyboards, skimboards and wetsuits. They also offer private or group surfing lessons with a focus on safety and surfing etiquette. Lessons last 90 minutes and include your board for... read more

One of the oldest surf shops on the Outer Banks, Cavalier is a family-run operation... read more

Enjoy the Ride

Nags Head Thing To Do
7128 S. Virginia Dare Trail, Beach Road, MP 16.5, Nags Head
(252) 715-5141
821 Ocean Trail, Corolla
(252) 597-3000

If you're looking for fun alternative transportation on the Outer Banks, Enjoy the Ride offers a range of selections that let you get from place to place while still enjoying the salty beach air in your face. They rent four-passenger and six-passenger "limo" golf carts in Corolla. In fact, Enjoy the Ride has an exclusive oceanfront golf-cart parking area at the Currituck Beach Access. They... read more

If you're looking for fun alternative transportation on the Outer Banks, Enjoy the Ride offers... read more

Jennette's Pier

Nags Head Thing To Do
7223 S. Virginia Dare Trail, The Beach Road, MP 16.5, Nags Head
(252) 255-1501

Jennette’s Pier is a state-of-the-art educational center and fishing pier complete with a pier shop, classrooms and banquet hall. It's one of the Outer Banks' star attractions, drawing thousands of visitors each year. The pier features wide, clean public beaches, free parking and a bath house with outdoor showers. With its motto of Fishing, Family and Fun, Jennette’s offers something for everyone. There’s world-class fishing,... read more

Jennette’s Pier is a state-of-the-art educational center and fishing pier complete with a pier shop,... read more

Kitty Hawk Kites

Nags Head Thing To Do
3933 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 12.5, Nags Head
(252) 449-2210
785-L Sunset Boulevard, TimBuck II Shopping Village, Corolla
(252) 453-8845
819 Ocean Trail, Monteray Plaza, Corolla
(252) 453-3685
1216 Duck Road, Wee Winks Square, Duck
(252) 261-4450
307 Queen Elizabeth Avenue, Manteo
(252) 473-2357
24502 N.C. Highway 12, Waves Village, Rodanthe
(252) 987-2297
39432 N.C. Highway 12, Island Shops, Avon
(252) 995-6060
58848 Hatteras Landing, Hatteras Village
(252) 986-1446
(877) 359-8447

Kitty Hawk Kites specializes in kites, from the single-lines for kids to high-tech stunt varieties. The stores also sell fun things like flags, toys, boomerangs and games. You’ll find the Outer Banks’ largest selection of beach sportswear and footwear from Crocs, Sanuk, Chaco, Southern Fried and Life is Good apparel, the coolest selection of t-shirts, sweatshirts, outdoor clothing, sunglasses, sandals and more. KHK stores also... read more

Kitty Hawk Kites specializes in kites, from the single-lines for kids to high-tech stunt varieties.... read more

Kitty Hawk Kites Whalebone Watersports

Nags Head Thing To Do
7517 S. Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head/Manteo Causeway, Nags Head
(252) 441-4124
(877) 359-8447

Kitty Hawk Kites' Whalebone Watersports location offers dolphin-watch tours, kite boarding, Jet ski rentals and standup paddleboard rentals – some of the most sought-after Outer Banks activities. In addition, kayak eco-tours and rentals are available, including a moonlight and bioluminescence tour. If you’ve never seen these glowing organisms, you owe yourself this experience!

Kitty Hawk Surf Co.

Nags Head Thing To Do
3933 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 12.5, Nags Head
(252) 441-6800
819 Ocean Trail, Monterey Plaza, Corolla
(252) 453-3685
785L Sunset Boulevard, TimBuck II Shopping Village, Corolla
(252) 453-4999
1216 Duck Road, Wee Winks Square, Duck
(252) 261-8787
24502 N.C. Highway 12, Waves Village, Rodanthe
(252) 987-2297

Ready for some action? Kitty Hawk Surf Co. has everything you need to enjoy all the Outer Banks has to offer – from the wind to waves to flat water. At Kitty Hawk Surf Co. you can find a huge selection of new and used kayaks, kayaking equipment, standup paddleboards, surfboards, Zap skim boards, wetsuits and more. You can also find one of... read more

Ready for some action? Kitty Hawk Surf Co. has everything you need to... read more

OBX Bowling

Nags Head Thing To Do
200 Satterfield Landing Road, The Bypass, MP 10.5, Nags Head
(252) 255-1187

Bowl, rent shoes, book parties and play billiards at OBX Bowling. Enjoy their arcade with classic games like skee ball, air hockey, Deal or No Deal and much more. There are automatic bumpers on the bowling lanes for the kids (or the bowling-challenged adult). Try your hand at glowing disco bowling under neon lights on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Group rates are available upon... read more

Bowl, rent shoes, book parties and play billiards at OBX Bowling. Enjoy their arcade with... read more

Oregon Inlet Fishing Center

Nags Head Thing To Do
8770 Oregon Inlet Road, off N.C. Highway 12, Nags Head
(252) 441-6301

Charter a variety of fishing excursions at Oregon Inlet Fishing Center year round (weather permitting). Nearshore, inshore vessels offer half-day or full-day trips, while the headboat offers a choice of morning or afternoon inlet/sound fishing. Offshore vessels travel to the Gulf Stream, where anglers enjoy a full day on the water. Anglers go for a variety of species, depending on the season, including billfish, tuna,... read more

Charter a variety of fishing excursions at Oregon Inlet Fishing Center year round (weather permitting).... read more

Outer Banks Family YMCA

Nags Head Thing To Do
3000 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 11, Nags Head
(252) 449-8897

This 28,000-square-foot facility offers a 25-meter indoor lap pool and a wellness center with state-of-the-art weight and cardio equipment. You'll enjoy more than 80 group exercise classes including TRX, cycle, yoga, Barre, Zumba and more. Aquatic classes are also available, and you'll find racquetball courts and a full-court gymnasium for pickleball, basketball, soccer and volleyball. After your workout, enjoy the dry saunas and hot tub.... read more

This 28,000-square-foot facility offers a 25-meter indoor lap pool and a wellness center with state-of-the-art... read more

Outer Banks Family YMCA Water Park

Nags Head Thing To Do
3000 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 11, Nags Head
(252) 449-8897

Jump into some fun at the Outer Banks Family YMCA’s outdoor water park. It’s fun for the whole family with two pools that have something to offer everyone. The lower pool has water cannons and other water toys, two dedicated 25-yard lap lanes, a water slide and a zero entry that makes it easy for younger children to get in the water and play. For... read more

Jump into some fun at the Outer Banks Family YMCA’s outdoor water park. It’s fun... read more