Things To Do In The Outer Banks On A Rainy Day

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Very few places compare to vacationing in the Outer Banks. The only little hiccup that you might run into during your stay here is an afternoon of rain. Rainy days can make a day feel lost, but don’t worry!

Rest assured that there’s still plenty to see and do on a rainy day in the Outer Banks! In fact, an occasional afternoon rain shower is often a welcomed reprieve during the dog days of summer.

Here are a few of our personal favorite Outer Banks rainy day activities — pencil in a few in case you encounter a stormy morning or afternoon showers.

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Outer Banks Closest Airport & Flying To The OBX

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Why drive when you can fly? Though the drive into the Outer Banks is quite scenic, sometimes efficiency is best, especially for short trips.

Contrary to popular belief, the OBX area is home to several regional airports and is less than 100 miles away from two larger International airports—so rest assured that you’ll have several options for sourcing flights.

Most out-of-town guests fly into the Norfolk International airport and then rent a car for a scenic drive down the coastline. However, the ride from Norfolk to the entrance of the Outer Banks is about an hour and a half, plus any additional time to get to your final beach destination. The good news is that you can fly from Norfolk to a smaller, regional airport via a connecting flight to skip the drive if you’d rather have more beach time.

If you’re wondering where to get started, check out this quick guide to airports near the Outer Banks, and reach out to one of our vacation planning specialists for more information on traveling to OBX.

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Outer Banks Boat Rental Companies: Explore The Water On Your Vacation!

There’s nothing quite like enjoying the sights and sounds of the Outer Banks from the water. What could be better than cruising OBX from the comfort and style of your very own boat rental?

While you are certainly welcome to BYOB (bring your own boat), making the trek can be cumbersome, and not all properties offer on-site parking or easy access to a boat ramp. Renting a vessel during your vacation can be a much easier solution to still squeeze in some well-deserved time on the water without breaking the bank.

Whether you’re seeking a small skiff for a quick fishing and crabbing trip or a large pontoon for an afternoon of cruising, there’s an OBX boat rental solution for every group size or budget.

You’ve got plenty of planning to do, so leave the boat rental research to the pros! Check out this list of Outer Banks boat rental companies, all of which have been vetted by our team of vacation rental experts.

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Guide to Shelling in the Outer Banks

The secret is out, and beachcombers near and far are taking notice – the Outer Banks are a treasure trove for seashell hunters. While the region has plenty to offer in terms of beach appeal, shelling is a popular pastime that most beachgoers will explore to some extent. A successful hunt can yield beautiful finds – but only if you know where to look, and how to find the treasures buried in the sands of the best beaches on the Carolina coast.

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The Best Museums To Visit In The Outer Banks

The Outer Banks are known for beautiful beaches, family-friendly attractions, tremendous watersports and fishing, and world-class dining. 

But few realize that OBX also enjoys a rich history that is showcased with beautiful memorials and museums scattered along the islands that make up the Outer Banks. From shipwrecks to the first flight from the Wright Brothers, there’s so much to learn about in our local Outer Banks museums. 

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A Guide To All Of Our Outer Banks Piers For Fishing, Fun & Relaxation

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Over the years, Outer Banks has served up some monster catches and earned a well-deserved reputation for unforgettable fun on the water. In fact, the fishing piers of Outer Banks found along the shoreline have even turned into a part of the culture for local residents. At different times of the year, the fish change out, and you can catch different varieties. In fact, something is almost always nibbling here, and most of the piers will include a bait shop where you can ask advice about the types of bait and tackle that the fish have gone after.

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Outer Banks Ferry System Explained: Navigating To The Beach

The North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Ferry Division runs the second largest state-run ferry system in the United States, accommodating approximately 800,000 vehicles and 1.8 million passengers each year. The ferry system provides everyday service to and from 12 coastal destination points on seven routes via a 21-vessel fleet.

Two popular routes – Hatteras-Ocracoke and Ocracoke-Cedar Island – are part of the Outer Banks National Scenic Byway, one of only 150 such designated byways in the nation. Spanning more than 138 miles by road, and 25 miles by water, the byway hugs the North Carolina coastline through oceanside villages into the Atlantic Ocean’s barrier islands.

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The Best Outer Banks Breweries & Local Beers To Enjoy

There’s nothing like enjoying an ice-cold beer while basking in the salty sea air and taking in the sights and sounds of the beach. Hot summer days almost demand a refreshing beverage, and local beer is a great way to keep cool and connect to the local community while visiting the Outer Banks.

The state of North Carolina has a rich brewing history, with over 300 breweries scattered throughout the state. The Outer Banks isn’t left out of the equation, with a handful of craft breweries scattered along the sandy shoreline.

From flavorful, hoppy IPAs to light, crisp pilsners—and everything in between—check out a few of these breweries during your trip to OBX!

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Visiting Every Outer Banks Lighthouse: A Complete List

Lighthouses are true symbols of resilience and strength. Many have been around for centuries, enduring generations of storms, destruction, relocation and evolution around them. And, these majestic towers have helped guide countless ships to their seaside ports of call. It’s no wonder they are a top attraction for coastal destinations, including the Outer Banks.

From the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, which is the tallest (and arguably the most recognized) lighthouse in America, to the Ocracoke Lighthouse, which is the second oldest lighthouse in America, there’s a lighthouse for every style or interest in the Outer Banks.

Whether you’re a history buff looking to learn more about the rich coastal chronicles or you’re a photography enthusiast seeking unique beach backgrounds for pictures, check out these lighthouses along the Outer Banks.

Currituck Beach Lighthouse

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