outer banks in november

What Are the Top Things to Do in the Outer Banks in November?

10/01/2021 | by Joseph Mitchell | Outer Banks Travel Tips

If you want the beach to yourself and still be able to enjoy some sunny days, you have to visit the Outer Banks in November! The mild temperatures and smaller crowds will have you making a November trip to Roanoke Island every fall. Plus, the season brings plenty of events that are fun for the whole family!

For more ways to make the most of your trip to the OBX, be sure to request access to our complimentary Manteo, NC Travel Guide. It’s full of the best things to do and places to see during your stay. 

Everything You Need to Know Before You Go to the Outer Banks in November

November Weather in the Outer Banks

Temperatures can be a little chilly in November, but it can still be a great time of year to hit the beach with few crowds. Earlier in the month, highs can reach the upper 60s. Later in the month near Thanksgiving typically brings highs near 60. You might not want to wear your bathing suit out on the beach, but it’s a nice time to read a book as the sounds of the waves roll in. Plus, your kids will love running around in the sand with practically the entire beach to themselves. Lows are usually around 50 but can dip into the 40s.

Things to Do in the Outer Banks in November

Enjoy the Beach

There’s nothing better than relaxing on the beaches of the North Carolina coast, especially without peak season crowds. Head to Nags Head Beach and Kill Devil Hills Beach during your trip to the Outer Banks in October for plenty of family fun. Home to wild horses, Corolla offers a unique experience for people looking for something a little different.


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Explore Roanoke Island Festival Park 

Adults and kids will love exploring the beautiful Roanoke Island Festival Park. This fantastic spot is home to some of the best fall activities in Manteo. You’ll find several attractions, including a representational ship from the 1585 English voyage to the island, a constructed American Indian town, and an English settlement site! 

Indulge at a Manteo Restaurant 

Want to grab a burger at a brewery? What about a sandwich at a local deli? Or maybe you want to enjoy a romantic date night near the water. Well, all of those restaurant options are available in downtown Manteo.

Check Out a Fall Event

Annual Outer Banks Shrimp Cookoff

Chefs across the Outer Banks try and come up with the best shrimp dish appetizer in the region. For a weekend in November, people who would like to vote are asked to visit four participating restaurants and try the shrimp appetizer. After you’ve visited four, you vote for your favorite! Volunteers are located at each restaurant to assists voters throughout the weekend. Tickets are $25 a person, and a silent auction is also set up with proceeds from the event benefiting the Outer Banks Center for Dolphin Research.

Kites with Lights

Nags Head kicks off the Holiday season the Saturday after Thanksgiving with a light display you probably haven’t seen before! The event features 19 to 30-foot kites decorated in lights for the Holiday. It takes place at Jockey’s Ridge State Park where they first light the Solar Christmas Tree on the dunes directly across from Jockey’s Ridge Crossing. The event is free but takes donations for the Friends of Jockey’s Ridge.

Book Your November Beach GetawayView from Ballast Point 37

Pirate’s Cove Realty has the perfect property for your next escape to the North Carolina coast! Our collection of rentals on Roanoke Island feature condos, large homes, and charming cottages at a variety of locations around Manteo. From a private gated community on the water to downtown Manteo, you’ll find the ideal fit for your family or group.

Start planning your getaway today by booking one of our properties. We look forward to welcoming you to the Outer Banks soon!