- Our list of the best things to do in Ocracoke, North Carolina, features the top 31 nearby activities — including 16 great attractions with user approval ratings of 90% or more!
- Ocracoke, NC has a variety of great sights and experiences nearby. Top categories include: Tours, Water Activities, Sights & Landmarks, and Outdoor Places.
- The results below include the top 21 things to do within the city of Ocracoke, NC , followed by 11 popular activities in nearby cities, including Frisco, Buxton and Beaufort
Life on Ocracoke Island revolves around the Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach. This pristine waterfront property is where residents an tourists go to splash, swim and surf. The undertow is extremely strong, and swimmers should not enter the water when the lifeguard is off duty.
Located on tiny Ocracoke Island, part of North Carolina's Outer Banks, Springer's Point Preserve is a bastion of undeveloped wilderness and an important wildife habitat. The Preserve relies on sponsorships and does not charge admission fees. It is open year-round.
Visitors to Ocracoke Lighthouse can pull off the road, take pictures of the lighthouse, and read a storyboard detailing its construction. The lighthouse is the oldest lighthouse in North Carolina in continuous service, and the second oldest in the United States.
The Schooner Windfall II offers 1.5-hour sunset cruises aboard the 32-foot sailing vessel in Pamlico Sound where Blackbeard took his bounty. The company also offers 6-passenger and 12-passenger charter boats, along with wedding cruises.
The Hammock Hills Nature Trail are located just across from the National Park Service's Ocracoke Campground. The trail itself is rather short at 3/4 of a mile, but nature and bird lovers can still enjoy themselves along the path.
The British Cemetery contains the remains of Thomas Cunningham, Stanley. R. Craig, and two unknown soldiers from a sunk ship during World War I. Visitors can see the granite tombstones, a plaque, and a white picket fence.
The Molasses Creek - Deepwater Theater is an Outer Banks performing arts site located in Ocracoke Island, North Carolina. The theater, which plays host to Opry-style music and plays, is opened from June to October each year.
The most thrilling way to explore the coastline of Ocracoke Island is a parasailing adventure with Ocracoke Parasail Inc. The company launches two excursions per hour, with a maximum of six guests per boat. Call for reservations if you do not wish to spend hours on the waiting list.
Starting in 1753, Portsmouth grew to be a thriving community on the Outer Banks and within 100 years, 1,400 vessels and two-thirds of all goods entering North Carolina passed through its port each year. Now, a ghost town, visitors can see a 250-acre historic district.