Outer Banks Adventure Trip Planner
The Outer Banks may be known for its wide natural beaches and southern hospitality, but it's the Outer Banks rustic and untamed side that beckons guests to get out and explore. From hang gliding and offshore fishing to kayaking and surfing, you’ll find a remarkable array of outdoor activities - by land, sea or air. Below are seven different activities perfect for the adventurous type who loves an exciting rush of adrenaline.
DAY 1: HANG GLIDING AT JOCKEY'S RIDGE
Nags Head is home to Jockey's Ridge State Park - the largest sand dune on the east coast. High atop Jockey's Ridge, you can find dune hang gliding and take your own hang gliding lessons. Since 1974, Kitty Hawk Kites* has been teaching people to fly. Aspiring hangglider pilots come here from all over the world to learn to instruct, fly, and perfect their skills. Kitty Hawk Kites has taught more people to fly (over 300,000 and counting) than any other Hang Gliding School in the world. They offer kids, beginner, intermediate and advanced instruction and routinely instruct people of varying ages and fitness levels.
*Seaside Vacations guests who book Hang Gliding lessons with Kitty Hawk Kites are eligible to receive a discount on lessons through Club Seaside!
Kitty Hawk Kites
3933 N. Croatan Highway (the Bypass, MP 13)
Nags Head, NC 27959
DAY 2: KAYAKING
You haven’t seen the Outer Banks until you’ve seen it from the water, and kayaking is the perfect way to do just that. Coastal Kayak offers trips to four different areas of the Outer Banks: Pine Island Audubon Sanctuary (between Corolla and Duck), Kitty Hawk Woods, Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge on Hatteras Island and the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge on the Dare County mainland. Tours last two to three hours and the guides offer kayaking instruction if you need it. Guides also narrate about the local history and ecology along the way. Single and tandem kayaks are available. Children are welcome (with certain weight restrictions), but certain trips are better for kids than others. Reservations are required.
Coastal Kayak Touring Company
Duck Waterfront Shops
Duck, NC 27949
DAY 3: SURFING
One of the best reasons for coming to the Outer Banks is the fact that we have some of the best surf on the entire east coast. With over 100 miles of coastline, you're sure to find the perfect swell and have the time of your life. Farmdog Surf School offers surf lesssons for beginner to intermediate surfers of all ages. Robert "Farmdog" Farmer is an NSSIA and CPR Certified Surf Instructor who has been helping surfers young and old get their feet under themselves on the Outer Banks since 1997. In addition to the Farmdog, staff members include local pro surfer Noah Snyder and other local surf legends.
Farmdog Surf School
2500 South Virginia Dare Trail
Nags Head, NC 27959
DAY 4: OFFSHORE FISHING
From the ocean to the sound, fishing piers to offshore charters, you’ll find an unparalleled array of catch on the Outer Banks. However, a true Outer Banks adventurer will find thrills approximately 40 miles offshore - fishing for tuna, dolphin, wahoo and billfish. Often called “The Billfish Capital of the World," the International Game Fish Association lists 92 world records for fish caught on the Outer Banks.
Offshore fishing charters typically ship out of three main local marinas - Wanchese Marina*, Oregon Inlet Fishing Center and Pirates Cove. Trips are booked year-round with experienced captains and mates (weather permitting). Anglers go for a variety of species depending on the season including marlin, tuna, dolphin, king mackerel, stripers, drum, bluefish and cobia.
*Seaside Vacations guests who book charters at Wanchese Marina are eligible to receive complimentary refreshments and a $2.00 discount on t-shirts through Club Seaside!
DAY 5: SUNSET CRUISE ON THE CURRITUCK SOUND
After a full day offshore fishing, relax and enjoy a sunset cruise on the sound. Crystal Dawn offers sunset cruises on the Roanoke Sound in one of their spacious boats while Outer Banks Boat Tours offers sunset cruises in the Currituck Sound out of Duck.
2000 Sailfish Drive
Manteo, NC 27954
Outer Banks Boat Tours
Kitty Hawk Kites dock in downtown Duck
Duck, NC 27949
DAY 6: SEGWAY TOUR
The Segway looks like so much fun that when you see people gliding around on them, you’ll want to try one too! The Segway is a self-balancing, two-wheeled electric vehicle built for one. You stand on a small platform to ride and the Segway responds to your movements. Simply shifting your weight forward makes it go, standing straight up puts the brakes on, and leaning back makes you go backward. Turning the handle left or right controls your turns.
At Back Country Outer Banks Segway Tours, they’ll take you through a short certification course and it only takes a few minutes to get comfortable. After you’re acclimated, they offer a gliding tour of Historic Corolla Village. The tour lasts about 2 to 2.5 hours and you’ll view landmarks listed on the National Historic Register, including the Lighthouse, the Whalehead Club and the old Corolla Schoolhouse. Glide through the past on the future of transportation and learn about life on the Outer Banks at the turn of the century.
If you’re looking for real thrills and adventure, you’ll want to try the Mustang Trail Segway Safari. This off-road Segway tour begins with a short Segway certification course. Then you head out off-roading on a custom Safari Cruiser journey up 12 miles of beach to the private Spanish Mustang Reserve where you’ll ride an all-terrain segway. As you ride through miles of sand trails within the maritime forest, you’ll feel like you’re on a 2-wheeled ATV. Not for the faint of heart, this combination off-road 4x4 and Segway tour runs about 3 hours+ and reservations are necessary.
Back Country Segway Tours
1159 Austin Street
Corolla, NC 27949
DAY 7: BIPLANE TOUR
Before you leave the beach, experience the beautiful panoramic views of the Outer Banks that only a biplane tour can offer. Barrier Island Aviation offers tours in a 1942 open-cockpit biplane. Relive the romance and adventure of the Golden Age of Aviation. Step back in time, strap on your flying helmet, climb up on the wing and into the front seat of their beautiful biplane for memories that will last a lifetime. You’ll see dolphins, sea turtles, shipwrecks and a wide array of other local attractions from a brand-new perspective! Plus, Seaside Vacations guests will receive $10 off any Outer Banks Air Tour over 10 minutes long!
Barrier Island Aviation
407 Airport Road
Manteo, NC 27954