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USA Today’s “10Best” Visits the Alluring Outer Banks!

In a 10Best featured article for USA Today, "10Best Visits the Alluring Outer Banks." The article notes, "When it comes to beaching it, everybody is different. Some sun worshippers long for action, a busy Boardwalk and plenty of after-dark activity. Then, there's the Outer Banks. This series of North Carolina barrier islands attracts a mellower crowd. A strip of laid back beach towns connected by bridges, the Outer Banks, or OBX for short, is home to about 60,000 residents year-round. That number nears 500,000 during the summer and fall, vacationers drawn by powdery sand, stellar fishing and a shallow coastline dotted with historic wrecks. Most stay in the McMansions that line the beaches; six, seven and eight-bedroom homes that can easily host a multi-gen family getaway, a girlfriend's weekend or a sporty man-cation."

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Shiny New STAR Center Opens At NC Aquarium On Roanoke Island Rehabilitating Amazing Sea Turtles

Built with revenues generated from Jennette's Pier in Nags Head and the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island, not from extra taxpayer dollars, the STAR Center facilitates tireless work by N.E.S.T. (Network for Endangered Sea Turtles) plus dedicated volunteers. When awesome people care and come together for our sea creatures, great things happen!

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Jockey’s Ridge among ’50 States, 50 Spots Natural Wonders’

As the USA gears up for its birthday celebration, CNN highlights its favorite natural wonders across the nation in "50 States, 50 Spots Natural Wonders."

For North Carolina, CNN selected Jockey's Ridge at Nags Head, noting, "The dunes of Jockey's Ridge change with the wind, taking on the character of deserts: hot, bright and windy. Despite the volatile terrain, the tallest sand dune on the country's Atlantic Coast provides a scenic perch for sunsets. Temperatures can get high, with the sand often much hotter than the air. For the full experience of the 80- to 100-foot dune, try kiteboarding or sandboarding, which are allowed by permit during parts of the year in a designated area. Hang-gliding lessons are also available. The park on Nags Head on North Carolina's Outer Banks is bounded by Roanoke Sound to the west, home to big cordgrass, black needlerush, marsh pennywort, marsh-elder, cattail and lance-leaved sagittaria. A daylight-use park only, morning visitors might also spy the tracks of nocturnal animals such as foxes and lizards across the sand."

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Outer Banks Family YMCA

Outer Banks Family YMCANags Head Inn is a member of the Y-Tel Program with the Outer Banks Family YMCA. Located less than 3 miles from the hotel, this fully equipped facility is available for our guests' use, featuring: Indoor pool, hot tub and sauna • Fitness center and group exercise • Racquetball and full court gymnasium • Child care available while you work out • Outdoor pool and water spray park (in season) • Outdoor skate park. 5:00am-9:00pm In Season. Please see the Nags Head Inn front desk to get a complimentary pass with directions to the YMCA.

 

Outer Banks Family YMCA
3000 S Croatan Hwy, MP 13.5
Nags Head NC 27959
252-449-8897
Outer Banks Family YMCA Website

 

Outer Banks Piers – Jennette’s Pier

things-to-do-JennettesPierHurricane Isabel devastated Jennette's Pier in 2003, but NC Aquariums led rebuilding it as an all-concrete, 1,000' long showpiece. On May 22, 2009, seventy years to the day from its first construction, then Governor Beverly Perdue led the 'sand breaking' dedication of this $25 million dollar renovation you can enjoy today. Besides pier fishing and sightseeing you can experience: fishing tournaments/programs, summer day camps, day/night programs, private fishing lessons, volleyball camps & much more. Three large wind turbines plus an extensive water recovery system serve as responsible, educational models for a sustainable future.

 

Jennette's Pier
7223 S Virginia Dare Trail, MP 16.5
Nags Head NC 27959
252-255-1501
Jennette's Pier Website

 

Sightseeing Cruises – Downeast Rover

Downeast RoverEnjoy a great daytime family experience or plan a romantic evening sunset cruise aboard this gorgeous steel hulled, two masted 55' topsail schooner. Watch dolphins ride the pressure wave while touring the sights of the sounds. Bring along some snacks and drinks, wine and cheese or just purchase some of what's available onboard. The Rover's dock location on historic Manteo waterfront is also sandwiched between great sub shops and fine dining options. Make your reservations between post-Easter and mid-Fall, weather permitting.

 

Downeast Rover
207 Queen Elizabeth Ave
Manteo NC 27954
252-473-4866
Downeast Rover Website

 

Outer Banks Golf – Nags Head Golf Links

Nags Head Golf LinksExperience a true Scottish links-style championship course nestled into the natural, windswept environment between the Atlantic Ocean and Roanoke Sound. Sand dunes and rugged coastline create a challenging golfing experience you won't find elsewhere. The public is welcome, so make you Tee Time, play a few rounds and don't forget to stop by Players Grille for tasty sandwiches and ice cold beer or cocktails.

 

Nags Head Golf Links
5615 S Seachase Dr
Nags Head, NC 27959
252-441-8073
Nags Head Golf Links Website

 

Outer Banks Fishing Charters – Fistful Sportfishing

Fistful SportfishingOff-shore charter fishing excursions for trophy billfish like marlin, backwater in-shore sound fishing charters for striped bass, half-day relaxing near-shore fun trips for spanish mackerel and everything in between. Capt Karl Helmkamp brings you a lifetime full of experience to catch anything from white perch to white marlin. Also contact us for our companion business, Albemarle Outfitters, for expert waterfowl and turkey hunting guide services.

 

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Fistful Sportfishing
PO Box 202
Kill Devil Hills NC 27948
252-395-1907 or 252-455-1595
Fistful Sportfishing Website

 

Outer Banks Fishing & Boat Tours – Driftwood Charters

Driftwood ChartersDriftwood Charters specializes in Outer Banks, NC light tackle, saltwater fishing, offering quality affordable inshore fishing trips for all experience levels; beginner to advanced. Fishing trips are 4 and 6 hours in the Pamlico, Roanoke and Croatan sounds area, including Oregon Inlet, NC. Specializing in the pursuit of Striped Bass, Red and Black Drum, Speckled and grey trout, sheepshead, flounder, bluefish and Spanish mackerel. Great fun for the family! Fly fisherman are welcome. Trips are available for 1-6 people all year round 7 days a week. Your group is the only one onboard.

 

Driftwood Charters also offers 1.5 Hour Evening Boat Tours. The boat is all yours for only $100 (1-6 people included). Enjoy an evening on the water and experience the beauty of the Outer Banks. The 1.5 hour evening boat trip departs approximately 2 hours before sunset. You will experience wonderful sunsets over the Croatan and Albemarle sounds, a huge variety of bird species and marine wildlife, often including dolphins and sea turtles. Book your trip now to see a waterman’s view of the wonderful Outer Banks, NC. Your Captain Ben Hoffmier is knowledgable and Fun! Whether you are looking for a romantic escape, family fun or solo exploration; high speed, low speed, anchored, big water, creeks and estuaries, marinas, and/or all of the above. Each evening boat tour is customized for you.

 

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DRIFTWOOD CHARTERS
Captain Ben Hoffmier
252-202-9229
4610 S. Cobia Way
Nags Head, NC 27959
Driftwood Charters Website

 

Wild Mustang Tours – Corolla Wild Horse Fund

Corolla Wild Horse Fund ToursObserve the wild Colonial Spanish Mustangs with experts directly responsible for herd management. Nonprofit Corolla Wild Horse Fund offers several options to fit every budget and need. Each tour is based on the real time experience and daily activities of the horses by the people who actually protect and care for them. Touring respectfully of nature in a spacious, air conditioned SUV, you'll see what the herd managers see. Be involved in the daily documentation or just sit back and enjoy this exclusive "Trip of a Lifetime" Tour. Education plus photo opportunities are endless and best of all, ALL proceeds benefit the wild horses!

 

Corolla Wild Horse Fund Museum

Old Corolla Village

1129 Corolla Village Road

Corolla, NC 27927

252-453-8002
Corolla Wild Horse Fund Website