Free Things to Do in Outer Banks

12/27/2022 | by Joseph Mitchell | Outer Banks Attractions and Activities Outer Banks Culture and Entertainment Uncategorized

Life gets busy, and it’s fair to say that everyone could use a fun vacation every once in a while. The opportunity to get out of town and enjoy a place like the scenic Outer Banks of North Carolina with the entire family in tow can make it extra meaningful! It can also make it a lot pricier when you’re traveling with a group. Fortunately, those who have their sights set on the Outer Banks will find there are a variety of fun and free activities to enjoy while you’re here. Make your budget go further while still savoring every moment of the stay when you add these budget-friendly activities to your itinerary the next time you’re in town.

Take a Stroll Along Jennette’s Pier

It won’t cost you a dime to enjoy the views from Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head while you’re visiting the Outer Banks. This landmark boasts the title of the longest public pier in the state and stretches out across the water 1,000 feet! While strolling this pier is fun in and of itself, guests can also opt to make their way to the pier house where gifts, tackle, and savory bites are well within reach too. If you’re more in the mood to cast a line, bring a fishing pole and head here in the early morning hours to try your luck at reeling in something exciting alongside those you love most.

Hop Onboard the Hatteras Ocracoke Ferry

While booking a sightseeing tour or chartered fishing experience in the Outer Banks can be thrilling, it can also be expensive. Those looking to keep money in their wallet while still enjoying time on the water will want to consider hopping onboard the Hatteras-Ocracoke Ferry instead. This vessel is free to enjoy and provides passengers with a 40-minute excursion between Hatteras Island and Ocracoke. Upon arrival, guests can plan on making the most of a day on the sand with ample shelling included. When you’ve had your fill, just hop back onboard, and make your way back to Hatteras Island. The ferry runs throughout the day giving passengers plenty of options for adding a sail to their itinerary.

Spend Time at Duck Town Park & the Boardwalk

If your Outer Banks adventures have you lingering in Duck, time spent at the town park and on the boardwalk is not only inspiring, but free of charge! Sometimes referred to as the Soundside Boardwalk, this area offers guests a mile of walking space to explore that runs along 11 acres of terrain that makes up scenic Duck Town Park. It’s a family-friendly stop that can include wildlife watching or nature photography if you’re looking to capture the moment on camera.

Enjoy a Day at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge

Head to the north end of Hatteras Island during your visit and you’ll find Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge waiting to be explored. There’s no cost to check out this local stop which stretches across over 5,834 acres of terrain. Bring your binoculars as the refuge is home to more than 365 species of birds on-site. There’s also a fun visitor center you can check out that hosts a variety of exhibits, displays, and on-site staff to answer questions about the history of the refuge as well as the many creatures that call it home.

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