Are you ready to swap out freezing cold temperatures up north for mild weather during the winter season? Well, there are plenty of Outer Banks winter activities that make a trip to our coastal paradise the place to be in December, January, and February. Whether you want to explore our fascinating history, savor delicious seafood, or cast your line in the ocean, you’ll find something to do for everyone in your party.
For more information on how to make the most of your winter retreat to the Outer Banks, be sure to download our complimentary Vacation Guide!
Our Favorite Outer Banks Winter Activities
Explore Outer Banks History
Some of the best Outer Banks winter 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. You can also explore a few of the famous Outer Banks lighthouses, like nearby Bodie Island Lighthouse in Nags Head. All of these attractions are great for both adults and kids.
Book a Fishing Charter
Casting a line out on a charter fishing boat is one of our favorite winter activities in the Outer Banks. Roanoke Island is home to a bevy of charter fishing boats, both in Manteo and Wanchese. Pirate’s Cove Marina and Wanchese Marina both offer an array of guided fishing tours that are among the best in the area. Spend the day casting your line in during an inshore or offshore excursion before heading back to your Pirate’s Cove rental.
Savor a Taste of the Outer Banks
No trip to the North Carolina coast is complete without grabbing a bite to eat while watching the sunset dip below the coastline. We compiled lists of our favorite Outer Banks restaurants, from Nags Head to Kill Devil Hills to Roanoke Island.
Plan Your Winter Getaway With Pirate’s Cove
Are you searching for the ultimate home away from home? Well, Pirate’s Cove has everything you need for an incredible visit to the Outer Banks. We have a collection of home and condo rentals in downtown Manteo, Shallowbag Bay, Pirate’s Cove Resort, and several other locations on the island. Each area provides a unique experience for guests, whether it’s within walking distance of shops or a private gated community. We even have pet-friendly rentals!
Browse through our rental properties and find the one that fits your group! We look forward to welcoming you to the Pirate’s Cove family.