Hiking Areas, Parks, Natural Landmarks, National & State Parks
The fascinating quasi-desert environment of Jockey's Ridge State Park in Nags Head, North Carolina draws thousands of curious visitors annually. The park is free to enter, but guests who wish to camp must purchase a permit.
Fishing is always in season at Jennette's Pier, the most popular fishing location in Nags Head, North Carolina. Novice anglers who want to improve their skills may register for a series of group lessons given at the pier for a nominal fee. Family fishing lessons are also available.
Since October 1, 1872, sailors have relied on the Bodie Light Lighthouse at Cape Hatteras to help them navigate through the area. Visitors can climb the lighthouse on a guided tour that is 36 minutes long.
The world's largest hang gliding school is the Kitty Hawk Kites Hang Gliding School in Nags Head, North Carolina. The school offers single lessons, couples' instruction and also provides lessons tailored for children.
Surfers on the Outer Banks come to the Cavalier Surf Shop on Nags Head to purchase, repair and rent equipment. Every staff member is an experienced surfer. The shop is worth a visit even for non-surfers in search of swimming suits and accessories.
7517 South Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, NC 27959
Majestic bottlenose dolphins are the star of the show at Nags Head Dolphin Watch. This eco-tourism company organizes dolphin-watching expeditions on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. All excursions are piloted by seasoned captains and are led by a certified naturalist.
With a focus on safety and learning, Outer Banks Surf School offers instruction to first-time surfers in several formats. Group lessons, camps and private lessons are available and equipment is provided.
Mini-golfers visiting the Outer Banks rave about Mutiny Bay Adventure Golf in Nags Head. This pirate-themed putt-putt course is delightful for children and adults who want to take a break from the beach.
At Grog's Watersports, people can participate in parasailing, riding on wave-runners, kayaking and dolphin tours. The company also rents parasailing equipment, wave-runners, kayaks, and boats, as well as shop in the gift shop.