OBX, An Adventure Destination
Hatteras Island is the ultimate adventure vacation destination for singles, couples, families or a group of friends. Whether you are staying for a weekend or a week, the southern villages of the Outer Banks provide numerous outdoor adventure opportunities. Shore Details’ reservation team is your one-stop resource for exploring Hatteras Island, which is sure to become your favorite outdoor adventure vacation spot. Read on for a sampling of adventure excursions on Hatteras Island.
Rodanthe – Home to Highway 12 Amusements
The 13,000 square foot entertainment complex is filled with adventure:
- Tickets for Activities and ticket redemption center
- Four lanes of bowling
- Arcade games
- Indoor rope climbing course
- Laser Tag – a two-story arena with an observation area for onlookers
- Rock climbing wall on the outside of the building – 45-feet tall and illuminated at night
- Outdoor 18-hole miniature golf course on the edge of the Pamlico Sound
Highway 12 Amusements offers activities available on rainy days and sunny days, mornings, afternoons and evenings. Locals and vacationers alike on Hatteras Island can get their adventure thrills fix at the big, red building in Rodanthe.
This your chance to sail away! Learn the basics of sailing aboard a MacGregor 26’ vessel. Yes, you can take a sailing lesson from a seasoned mariner while you are on vacation. Plan a half day or full day family sailing excursion on the Pamlico Sound. With an average depth of 5 to 6 feet, the Pamlico Sound is home to many migratory birds that feed on several species of fish. Loggerhead Turtles hatch here annually and begin their aquatic life in the Pamlico Sound. Have Captain Jay sail you by the Old Little Kinnakeet Station, just north of Avon Village, where the community of Little Kinnakeet thrived until the lifesaving station closed. The National Park Services’ restoration of this historical landmark will provide history buffs with yet another glimpse of life between early European settlers and Native Americans, in this case the Pamlico Tribe, from which the Pamlico Sound is named. Avon Harbor Sailing’s sunset cruise provides you with a private view of a Hatteras Sunset. With nothing but open water, the entire horizon lights up in hues of orange, pink and purple, and presents a fantastic nightly show that is not to be missed. Summer visitors should also keep an eye out for the small baiting mullet, which make nightly leaps out of the water in the dozens if not the hundreds and add an extra element of pure entertainment to a Pamlico Soundfront sunset. Captain Jay will even pick you up and return you to your rental house, if you are staying in a waterfront home in Avon! Call ahead for departure times and availability at 252-305-6839.
Salvo Day Use Area
Bring your own kiteboards, windsurfing boards, kayaks and your stand-up paddle boards for a day of recreation on the outskirts of Salvo Village. The Salvo Day Use Area has ample parking, public restrooms, picnic areas and a soundfront beach area perfect to launch your favorite water sporting activity. Popular from spring until fall, the Salvo Day Use Area still remains consistently uncrowded with plenty of room for families and water sports lovers alike.
Equine Adventures, A Frisco Favorite
Explore Hatteras Island on horseback! An experienced guide will provide a two-hour tour of Cape Hatteras National Seashore, rich in historical shipwrecks, pirate tales, lost treasure and lost love. If you and family members want to explore this outdoor adventure destination, just as the early American settlers… on horseback, saddle up!
- Riders must be at least 10 years of age and a minimum of 4’8″ tall.
- Helmets are provided and required for riders under 16 years of age.
- All the horses at Equine Adventures are beginner friendly.
- Most riders have little to no riding experience.
Established in 2001, visitors name Equine Adventures as one of those “must do’s” while visiting Hatteras Island.
Buxton – Shining the Light
Most every visitor who comes to Hatteras Island will make a stop in Buxton, either for the exceptional fishing off Cape Point, the amazing kiteboarding and windsurfing at the Canadian Hole, or for the incredible views from the top of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. Buxton arguably has the lion’s share of attractions on Hatteras Island, and over a million visitors a year make a trek to see the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in Buxton alone. Visitors can explore the lighthouse grounds and stand in the shadow of the massive structure free of charge. For a small additional fee, visitors can actually climb the 257 steps to the very top for a bird’s eye view that spans from Avon all the way to Hatteras, and even Ocracoke on a particularly clear day. The lighthouse is open for climbers seasonally, generally from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and climbing tours occur every 20 minutes and tickets can be purchased on site. See firsthand, the beam of light that spans 20 miles into the ocean, protecting mariners from Diamond Shoals, one of the most treacherous stretches of the Atlantic Ocean. The lighthouse is also the world’s tallest brick lighthouse at a staggering 208′ tall.
The southern villages of the Outer Banks NC welcomes returning vacationers year after year due to the abundance of outdoor adventures. Let Shore Details assist you with planning activities during your stay on Hatteras Island. We have the inside scoop on recreational activities, from beginner to advanced skill levels; on or in the water; and on land, for all age groups. Each adventure makes for unique photographic opportunities and memories to last a lifetime of the people that mean the most to you and of our beautiful Outer Banks.