The ocean feeds our soul in ways that are difficult to explain. We know that the ocean makes us healthier, happier, reduces stress and brings us peace. Everyone that has been to the Outer Banks knows the special and unique qualities of this place... the ocean, the beach, the waves, the wildlife. This sense of peace, clarity and happiness visitors get when they come to the Outer Banks is the idea behind BLUEMIND - the study that suggests being "near, in, on, or under water can make you happier, healthier, more connected and better at what you do." Below are seven different activities perfect for those that want a BLUEMIND experience.
DAY 1: HIT THE BEACH
Well known for our beautiful and pristine beaches, it's only natural that a full day on the beach should be part of the agenda. Start your Outer Banks BLUEMIND getaway right - with a little fun in the sun. Whether you go for a swim in the ocean, lay out by the water to work on your tan, or just go for a walk to clear your head, a day on the beach will make you feel revitalized.
DAY 2: DOLPHIN TOUR
Join our research team on an unparalleled nature tour you won't forget. You’ll see Atlantic bottlenose dolphins and learn about their feeding and social behavior. Aside from dolphins, you can also observe other diverse and fascinating wildlife of the Outer Banks including ospreys, pelicans and many others. Throughout your trip, expert naturalists will provide a fascinating and in-depth commentary on the local ecology and history of this unique area. And if you like, you can participate in the ongoing study of our “brothers of the sea.”
Nags Head Dolphin Watch
7517 S Virginia Dare Tr.
Nags Head, NC 27959
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 conditions on the entire east coast. With over 100 miles of coastline, you're sure to have the time of your life. Check out Farmdog Surf School to take lessons and practice your skills at "Hanging 10!"
Farmdog Surf School
103 Morning View Place
DAY 4: SUNRISE YOGA SESSION
Start your day of relaxation with a complimentary sunrise yoga session with Outer Banks Yoga & Pilates. These yoga classes follow the typical structure of a centering period, movie into an asana practice and finish with a final relaxation and meditation period.
Outer Banks Yoga
5230 N. Virginia Dare Tr.
Kitty Hawk, NC 27949
DAY 5: VISIT JENNETTE'S PIER TOUR
When you go out on a pier, you get a unique experience that you wouldn't normally get in the ocean beacuse you get to literally step out onto the water. A beloved location by anglers and sightseers alike, Jennette’s Pier is known for its wonderful fishing and gorgeous ocean views and allows you to observe the ocean life beneath you, After the original pier was was damaged in a prior hurricane, the new pier opened in 2011, is 1,000 feet long, made of concrete, and features an educational visitor center that both kids and adults will enjoy.
Jennette's Fishing Pier
7223 South Virginia Dare Tr. (Milepost 16.5)
Nags Head, NC 27959
DAY 6: VISIT THE NC AQUARIUM ON ROANOKE ISLAND
The aquarium presents the aquatic environments of coastal Carolina through its theme "Waters of The Outer Banks." The variety of exhibits promises to educate and entertain visitors. Journey through coastal freshwaters to see river otters, turtles, and American alligators then explore saltwater habitats from grass flats to Gulf Stream waters. Watch fish and sharks cruise by the 35-foot long viewing window of the 285,000-gallon "Graveyard of the Atlantic" tank containing a one-third scale replica of the USS Monitor. No matter what exhibit you check out, you are guaranteed to enjoy the visit!
NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island
374 Airport Rd.
Manteo, NC 27954
DAY 7: EXPLORE CAPE HATTERAS NATIONAL SEASHORE
Journey to Cape Hatteras National Seashore and you'll quickly discover there is much for you to enjoy on the southern islands of the Outer Banks. From swimming, crabbing, and surf fishing to surfing, shell collecting, and sightseeing, including bird and wildlife watching, the possibilities are literally endless. By foot, bicycle or vehicle, spend the day exploring this beautiful national seashore.
Cape Hatteras National Seashore
1401 National Park Drive
Manteo, NC 27954