Discover Duck in 2018; Duck Town Boardwalk & Waterfront Shops; Movies, Magic, Movement, and More; Summer Music Series; Duck Fourth of July Parade; NEW for 2018! Pedestrian Walkways; Duck Jazz Festival
by Kelly Allman
Named after the abundant waterfowl that have flocked to the area for centuries, the Town of Duck, North Carolina, is known for its tree-lined streets, wooded walkways, and proximity to both the sound and ocean. Duck frequently ranks as one of the best beach towns in the country. With a wide array of family-friendly activities to enjoy on the ocean or sound-as well as an assortment of restaurants, retail shops and galleries to peruse-Duck is one of the most popular Outer Banks vacation destinations.
While we admit you'll never find Duck on the list of top spring break party spots, boredom is hardly a threat here. If you're considering booking a stay in Duck this season, here are our top reasons why we find this charming coastal village so darn ducky:
Duck Town Boardwalk & Waterfront Shops
Bordering the Currituck Sound on the western edge of town, the Duck Town Boardwalk offers picturesque views to shoppers and diners who visit the many waterfront shops and restaurants located here. You'll find a flurry of distinctive businesses ranging from fine-dining establishments to unique retail stores and art galleries on the boardwalk, which boasts one of the best places to witness a stunning sunset over the sound. Take a stroll along the boardwalk to enjoy the calm waters of the Currituck Sound, which are perfect for enjoying watersports like kayaking, canoeing and standup paddle-boarding. Access the sound via the public launch spot located at the northern end of the boardwalk in Duck Town Park.
Movies, Magic, Movement, and More
The Town of Duck is known for offering a wide array of free family-friendly events to vacationers and this summer is no exception. Head to the Duck Town Green to take in a film courtesy of the town's Movies on the Sound series. Screenings are free but donations are encouraged and will benefit the films' presenter, Children @ Play. The Duck Amphitheatre is home to a magic show that includes acts, illusions, comedy and audience participation. Just because you're on vacation doesn't mean you need to take a break from your fitness routine. Bring your Yoga mat or beach towel and head to the Duck Town Green for classes led by Duck Village Yoga and designed for participants of all skill levels. For more information on all of these events, visit http://www.townofduck.com/special-events/.
Summer Music Series
Looking for a live outdoor music scene to enjoy in the summer evenings? The Town of Duck hosts live entertainment on Thursday evenings on the Duck Town Green. These free concerts are held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and coolers, picnics, children and pets are welcome. Bring a blanket or chairs and enjoy an assortment of musical styles ranging from classic rock, folk and bluegrass to country, soul and old-time fiddle tunes. Visit http://www.townofduck.com/special-events/concerts-on-the-green/ for a schedule of performances.
Duck Fourth of July Parade
Planning to be on the Outer Banks this Independence Day? The Town of Duck hosts one of the best parades on the beach. Celebrate Duck's 14th annual Fourth of July parade beginning at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, July 4, 2018. After the parade, refreshments will be served and an assortment of festivities will begin at Duck Town Park, including live Dixieland music and the awarding of parade trophies.
NEW for 2018! Pedestrian Walkways
The Town of Duck has a long history of pedestrian travel focused around the village center in the heart of town. No other mode of travel offers such a convenient and hassle-free way to experience the activity of Duck Village and in response to the high level of foot traffic, the town is expanding its multi-use path by adding dedicated sidewalks on both sides of Duck Road. The project is scheduled to be completed this spring.
Duck Jazz Festival
If you're planning to be in town this fall, the Duck Jazz Festival is not to be missed. This nationally known festival features a plethora of local, regional and national jazz musicians. The event is free and open to the public. Attendees are invited to bring food, coolers, blankets, chairs and pets for this day-long festival that encourages visitors to stay for in Duck for a few days and support the town's local businesses.
Friday, March 16, 2018