Coastal weather is unpredictable. One minute you’ll be outside enjoying the beautiful sunshine, and in the snap of a finger, a rainstorm is hovering in the area. Don’t worry—there are many Outer Banks indoor activities that your whole family will love! From aquariums and museums to shops and restaurants, there’s an endless stream of ways to enjoy a rainy day on the coast.
Discover more things to do, places to go, and sights to see in the Outer Banks in our complimentary Manteo Vacation Guide!
The Top Outer Banks Indoor Activities
Outer Banks Aquarium
The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island is one of the best Outer Banks indoor activities for kids and adults alike. A collection of nine exhibits highlighting marine ecosystems and local creatures like turtles, sharks, and a bevy of fish provides an incredible viewing experience. The highlight of the aquarium is the 285,000-gallon tank with floor-to-ceiling glass. Check their schedule for a list of planned programs and activities for fun on a rainy day in the Outer Banks!
Enjoy a Local Libation
If you need a break from the sun or something to do on a rainy day, head to Outer Banks Distilling. This Manteo-based micro-distillery serves up delicious craft rums just a few blocks from the heart of town. Take a tour of the facility before sitting down to sample one of their Kill Devil Rum. Visiting this award-winning distillery is one of the best activities in the Outer Banks for adults!
Of course, if you’re not a fan of spirits, there are a handful of breweries in the area that serve up some great craft brews. The Lost Colony Brewery and Cafe in Manteo and the Outer Banks Brewing Station in Kill Devil Hills offer a taste of locally brewed beers along with an array of upscale pub fare.
Shop in Downtown Manteo
Downtown Manteo is home to a list of incredible shops that are some of our island’s best-kept secrets. The Island Shop and Nancyware Pottery feature locally made gifts such as jewelry, pottery, art prints, and more. Check out more Manteo shops on our blog for a rainy day in the Outer Banks!
Discover Outer Banks History
Some of the best Outer Banks indoor activities revolve around our coastal area’s extensive history. Museums like the Roanoke Maritime Museum in Manteo and the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum offer an in-depth look into the rich nautical tradition of the Outer Banks. The Wright Brothers National Memorial has an indoor museum with a collection of planes and other artifacts commemorating the first flight near Kitty Hawk. All of these attractions are great for both adults and kids.
Watch a Movie at a Local Theater
The Pioneer Theatre in downtown Manteo is a great way to revel in our town’s history while making the most of a rainy day in the Outer Banks. This one-screen theater shows a single film every night in a Tudor-style building dating back to 1918. It’s a fun place for the whole family to relax and watch a movie together! Check their Facebook page for updates on what’s in the theater while you’re in town.
Relax in Your Pirate’s Cove Rental
You don’t even need to leave your Pirate’s Cove rental to enjoy some of the top indoor activities in the Outer Banks! Our extensive collection of properties in multiple locations on Roanoke Island provides plenty of spacious condos and homes that are perfect for enjoying plenty of rainy day fun! Whether you want a large house in our gated community or a condo for two near downtown Manteo, you’ll find the perfect property for your trip.
Browse through our list of rentals and book your property today! We look forward to welcoming you to our Outer Banks oasis.