A trip to North Carolina’s coast is home to many beautiful sights and attractions. The sprawling golden beaches offer plenty of space to relax with your favorite book, swim in the ocean, or fish off of Jennette’s Pier on the Outer Banks. This boardwalk jutting into the Atlantic features a snack bar, educational center, and a bait and tackle shop.
If you want more information on the best things to do and places to see in the Outer Banks, request our Manteo Vacation Guide!
Why Should You Visit Jennette’s Pier in the Outer Banks?
Jennette’s Pier holds the prestigious title as the oldest fishing pier in the Outer Banks. Many storms battered and bruised this iconic pier, but even after many rebuilds it still stands strong on the Nags Head Beach today!
The North Carolina Aquarium Society purchased the tract of land encompassing the pier in 2003 with the goal of renovating it into an educational area. In 2011, the NCAS constructed a building at the base of Jennette’s Pier that included rooms where educational programs highlight the Outer Banks beach and ocean environments. They also feature alternative energy presentations and several animal exhibits.
You’ll find a snack bar and tackle shop near the entrance. So bring your fishing pole, grab some bait, and enjoy the sweeping views from Jennette’s Pier in the Outer Banks.
Other Local Attractions in Nags Head
Jockey’s Ridge State Park
Jennette’s Pier in the Outer Banks and the Nags Head Beach aren’t the only fun things to see and do in the area! Jockey’s Ridge State Park is home to some of the most famous sand dunes in the entire country! There is also a visitor center and a 360-foot boardwalk that allows you to explore the largest dunes on the East Coast! Sandboarding is also a fun activity that you can try from October 1st to March 31st with an approved permit.
Bodie Island Lighthouse
The Bodie Island Lighthouse is one of the most famous lighthouse structures in the Outer Banks! The renowned design looks similar to the classic black and white stripe Cape Hatteras Lighthouse design, except the stripes create a straight ring around the stem instead of candy cane slants. The area around the lighthouse is gorgeous, so bring your camera to take photos before and after you hike up the 214 stairs to the top!
Book Your Outer Banks Vacation
You can find your dream beach vacation home with Pirate’s Cove Resort! We offer a collection of condos and houses in multiple locations on Roanoke Island. Whether you’re celebrating a romantic getaway with your significant other or bringing the family along for a big beach trip, you’ll find the perfect property for your needs. There are so many attractions on our beautiful island, especially the Outer Banks Aquarium, Elizabethan Gardens, and Fort Raleigh Historic Site.
Start planning your trip today by booking one of our properties. We look forward to welcoming you to the Pirate’s Cove family!