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When you visit Hatteras Island, you’ll want to spend time on the beaches. With the Outer Banks just a short drive away, and staying at Shore Details on the coast, there’s no shortage of sand and water. If you’re wanting to do something unique on your vacation, look into horseback riding on Hatteras Island or the Outer Banks on the beach. Riding horseback can be delightful and invigorating, but it will surely be something you’ll remember forever. 

Where to Go to Horseback Ride on Hatteras Island and the Outer Banks

If you’re interested in horseback riding on Hatteras Island or the Outer Banks, read below to find the best places to take you on this adventure. 

Equine Adventures

On a guided horseback ride through Equine Adventures, you’ll travel on the beach to explore the habitat of the Carolina coast. Ride through the Maritime forest of Frisco, and see beautiful views of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. The guides will go at any pace you’re comfortable with, from a leisurely stroll to a brisk canter. Morning and afternoon rides are available, and all riders must be 10 years or older. For more information or to book, visit the Equine Adventures website

Lighthouse Horse Rides

Lighthouse Horse Rides can accompany both small and large groups, so no matter the occasion they’ll always have your back. Lighthouse horse rides will take you on a guided tour to explore the beauty of the Outer Banks right on the beach! Rides typically last an hour, but if you’d like to ride for longer, they’re more than happy to continue. To make a reservation, call or text Lighthouse Horse Rides at 252-296-2929.

Hatteras Island Horseback Riding

Hatteras Island Horseback Riding has a phenomenal family and group package – pay for two riders, and all others ride for free! For only $190, your group can enjoy a beautiful two-hour horseback ride on the beaches in Hatteras Island. You’ll love all of the picturesque views and the plenty of places that make a great photo-op. To make your group’s reservation, book online, or call 252-216-9191.  

Photo of a Heavenly Shore Detail's Pool Home. Just Minutes from the Best Hatteras Island Horseback Riding Stables.Shore Details: The Best Hatteras Island Vacation Rentals

At Shore Details, you’ll find the rental of your dreams. Wake up to beautiful views of the sandy beaches with your morning cup of coffee, and come back to relax after your horseback riding adventure. Each of our spacious rentals is perfect for your group, no matter how small or large. Come see what we are all about, and book your vacation rental cottage today.

Locals and visitors alike flock to Hatteras Island, North Carolina, for Day at the Docks Festival. This one-of-a-kind festival celebrates the history and culture of Hatteras Island’s working watermen. Day at the Docks takes place along the waterfront, adjacent to the village marinas and many of our Shore Details rental homes. During your North Carolina coastal vacation, visit Day at the Docks and see what Hatteras Island is all about.

Hurricane Isabel

In 2003, the strongest, deadliest, Atlantic hurricane struck Hatteras Island. Hurricane Isabel nearly destroyed our village. Day at the Docks founder, Captain Ernie Foster, said there were no roads for two months after Hurricane Isabel. Hatteras village was completely isolated from their surroundings; there was no economy, no tourists, no industries, no grocery store deliveries, and even no food trucks. The first industry to begin working again was commercial fishing; fishermen were able to back-haul necessities from the other part of the island such as groceries and ice.

Day at the Docks

Captain Ernie remembers planning this celebration with his wife in 2004. Instead of the typical “cotton candy and ferris wheel” type of festival, they wanted to focus on people who made their living on the water. Every September on Hurricane Isabel’s anniversary, the Hatteras Island community gathers to commemorate the hard-working watermen and the “Spirit of Hatteras.” Naturally, hurricane season brings Hatteras Island lots of rain, but the islanders are relentless and can persevere any rainstorm.

Festival Activities

There are several activities that people look forward to every year, such as the kids’ fishing competition and the adult fishing contest with a concrete marlin. Fishermen, weightlifters and many others try to reel in this concrete block meant to simulate what it’s like to catch a marlin. Some vendors celebrate the water theme by serving seafood at every hour of the day. Every year, the Cape Hatteras secondary school’s food and nutrition teacher brings her students to Day at the Docks to showcase and prepare local seafood. In fact, there’s an entire venue dedicated to seafood demonstrations. The seafood tent is always a visitor favorite, but the highlight is the seafood throw-down. The seafood throw-down is an event in which local chefs are given a list of ingredient guidelines and sometimes even mystery ingredients. Then they prepare their dish in front of a live audience.

Day at the Docks is the ideal location for watermen to learn and educate others in their field.
The festival also aims to educate visitors about seafood and where it’s from. Perhaps you’ll learn a recipe or two and try cooking them for your family at your Shore Details vacation home. To learn more about booking your dream vacation home, visit the Shore Details website, or talk to our staff at 252-357-7121.