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Things to Do in Duck, NC

11/20/2023 | by Emily Wells | Outer Banks Attractions and Activities

A trip to the Outer Banks is always exciting for travelers and those who have their sights set on quality time in Duck, NC will find even more to look forward to! This charming Outer Banks locale is loved for its watersport culture as well as its collection of charming shops and eateries to check out all surrounded by stunning scenery. No matter when you arrive, there’s no shortage of options for fun waiting to be enjoyed.

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How to Get to Duck from Manteo

When you’ve booked your stay in Manteo through Pirate’s Cove Realty, you won’t have to travel far to find yourself enjoying the fun and adventure of a day in Duck. The direct route from Manteo to Duck covers just over 27 miles of terrain. Driving will take you around 50 minutes in normal traffic conditions. Along the way, there are opportunities to make pit stops in places like Nags Head, Corolla, and Kill Devil Hills.

Area History

When you head to Duck, you’ll find yourself in the northernmost community belonging to Dare County. Many visitors are surprised to learn it’s also one of the Outer Banks newer additions, only having been incorporated on May 1, 2002. Still, this sea community filled with options for recreation and fun feels like it’s been a part of the Outer Banks forever and is a popular stop among locals and visitors alike.

Savor a Moment at Duck Donuts

Before you head out to explore, make sure you make time in Duck for a stop at the iconic Duck Donuts! As delicious as the name implies, Duck Donuts is a one-stop shop for made-to-order donuts, sundaes, sandwiches, and coffee. They also offer catering packages when you’re planning on feeding a group at a gathering or event.

Explore the Duck Town Park and Boardwalk

A must-have experience in Duck is a stroll along the Duck Town Park and Boardwalk. Also referred to as the Soundside Boardwalk, this route is close to a mile long and a perfect place to walk with friends, check out 11 acres of beautiful natural surroundings, and pop into plenty of nearby storefronts too.

Rent Gear at Duck Cycle

The town of Duck is a wonderful place to spend time exploring bike trails and when you’re ready to rent your gear, Duck Cycle has what you need and more. They rent bikes for the entire family including child seats and trailers upon request.

Book an Outer Banks Boat Tour and Sunset Cruise

End your day in Duck with a colorful and unforgettable Currituck Sound sunset cruise. This is a wonderful way to soak up the sights from the water, escape the crowds, and spend quality time with family and friends.

Book Your Stay Today

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