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All the Best Outer Banks Tours

11/29/2023 | by Emily Wells | Outer Banks Culture and Entertainment Outer Banks Tours

Enjoying the best the Outer Banks of North Carolina has to offer is an easy thing to do when you realize just how much amazing scenery, access to fun, and adventure await. Whether it’s your first time visiting, or you return year after year, making time to enjoy custom tours is a wonderful way to get a comprehensive and insightful view of the places you’ve come to discover. The following are just a few of the many exciting Outer Banks tour options there are to add to your itinerary the next time you’re in town.

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Book an Air Tour

The team at OBX Airplanes out of Manteo is ready and waiting to help you find a new view of the Outer Banks when you book an unforgettable air tour during your stay. Tours can accommodate up to 3 passengers at a time and last anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour depending on preference. With a bird’s eye view of the landscape, you’ll get a sense of how the Outer Banks is connected and your pilot will be happy to point out landmarks and points of interest along the way.

Schedule a Fishing Tour from Pirate’s Cove Marina

If angling is your activity of choice, the Outer Banks is a prime place to book a chartered fishing experience. Whether you’re interested in an inshore or offshore fishing tour alongside a local, expert guide, you can make the most of the fun by booking a charter at Pirate’s Cove Marina. Daily charters are offered here that head out as far as 50 miles to the Gulf Stream. Some of the fish you just might reel in include marlin, wahoo, tuna, and yellowfin. Tours can be booked as full-day or half-day outings depending on preference.

Dolphin Spotting Tours

While the Outer Banks has a ton to offer in the way of land-based tour fun, there are also options for visitors to tour the waves as well. Adding a dolphin spotting tour to your itinerary is an inspiring option when you can’t wait to view these amazing marine creatures thriving in their natural habitats. Bottlenose dolphins abound in the Atlantic waters around the Outer Banks and both Paradise Dolphin Cruises and Nags Head Dolphin Watch & Research Center offer up great options for booking eco-friendly tours that are equal parts engaging and educational.

Walking and Ghost Tours

The Outer Banks is a destination rich in history and it has its fair share of paranormal reports too. Learn about the very best of both on a walking tour or ghost tour booked through OBX Walking Tours while you’re here. You’ll learn about the legacies of pirates and pioneers in the area as well as the stories many have told regarding other-worldly occurrences. This tour is a fantastic way to connect with the past and serves Manteo and Kill Devil Hills alike.

Wild Horse Tours

The vast appeal of the Outer Banks includes the fact that this area is home to a population of wild Spanish mustangs that inhabit the shorelines around Corolla. If you make your way to Corolla for an afternoon, you’ll have a chance to participate in a Wild Horse Tour. These tours invite passengers to jump in an open-air style vehicle and make their way to shorelines alongside a local guide who will point out herds of wild horses that grace the shoreline in this area. It’s a chance to learn about some spectacular local wildlife and make the most of amazing moments in nature. It’s believed these horses date back to the time of Spanish explorers and were either left behind or survived some of the many shipwrecks that were documented during that time. Either way, visitors to the Outer Banks today have the unique opportunity to sign up for tours that give them a closer look at these incredible wildlife populations. Tours can be booked by Jeep or Hummer depending on what company you partner with. When you’re ready to plan, make sure to look at options like Corolla Wild Horse Tours, Bob’s Wild Horse Tours, and the Corolla Wild Horse Fund.

Shrimping and Crabbing Tours

For travelers who are interested in trying their hand at shrimping or crabbing, chartered experiences are available through Risky Business Shrimping & Crabbing Charters in Manteo. These are family-friendly outings with an emphasis on learning new skills, enjoying the water, and seeing just how much you might catch. Enjoy a half or full day adventure that will very likely include spotting dolphins too from your place on a comfortable 45-foot vessel.

Tour Local Lighthouses

A great self-guided tour option you can add to your Outer Banks itinerary is to set aside time to explore the many lighthouses that adorn this area. These structures have served an important purpose along the Outer Banks for mariners and today, remain a place you can tour when you’re looking to learn more about the area’s rich history. The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Bodie Island Lighthouse, and the Currituck Beach Lighthouse are just a few of the many you’ll want to be sure to check out while you’re here!

Book Your Outer Banks Adventure Today

Make more of every moment in the Outer Banks when you book your accommodations through Pirate’s Cove Realty. Reach out today to learn more about our luxurious and inviting property options available that keep you close to the places you can’t wait to explore while enjoying the comfort and style standards you deserve. We can’t wait to hear from you soon!

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