Suzanne’s guidebook for living like a local

Suzanne
Suzanne’s guidebook for living like a local

Sightseeing

Don't leave the Outerbanks without discovering some of our rich history. Children are free. Check out the website to get your passes online.
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Wright Brothers National Memorial
1000 N croatan hwy
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Don't leave the Outerbanks without discovering some of our rich history. Children are free. Check out the website to get your passes online.
The tallest living sand dune on the Atlantic coast is a premier location for kites, sightseeing and sunsets, with a view arcing from the ocean to Roanoke Sound. A visitor center with museum and 360-foot boardwalk with exhibits explain the dune’s ecology and are a gradual entry to the massive dune field. Hang gliding lessons are available through a vendor in the park. Experienced hang gliders must have a current USHPA membership and get a flying permit at the visitor center. Shoes and sun protection are recommended. By calling ahead a minimum of 24 hours in advance, visitors with mobility restrictions can request a ride between 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in our all-terrain-vehicle to the top of the dunes. Rides will take approximately 30 to 45 minutes and availability will depend on weather and staff availability. The soundside access of the park is a different experience offering sunbathing, wading, paddling, and a one-mile nature trail that opens onto wetlands, grassy dunes and maritime thickets.
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Jockey's Ridge State Park
300 W Carolista
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The tallest living sand dune on the Atlantic coast is a premier location for kites, sightseeing and sunsets, with a view arcing from the ocean to Roanoke Sound. A visitor center with museum and 360-foot boardwalk with exhibits explain the dune’s ecology and are a gradual entry to the massive dune field. Hang gliding lessons are available through a vendor in the park. Experienced hang gliders must have a current USHPA membership and get a flying permit at the visitor center. Shoes and sun protection are recommended. By calling ahead a minimum of 24 hours in advance, visitors with mobility restrictions can request a ride between 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in our all-terrain-vehicle to the top of the dunes. Rides will take approximately 30 to 45 minutes and availability will depend on weather and staff availability. The soundside access of the park is a different experience offering sunbathing, wading, paddling, and a one-mile nature trail that opens onto wetlands, grassy dunes and maritime thickets.
I've climb these steps too many times to count and it never gets old. Don't forget your camera!
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Currituck Beach Lighthouse
1101 Corolla Village Road
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I've climb these steps too many times to count and it never gets old. Don't forget your camera!
There is nothing more beautiful than seeing a wild horse on the beach! The Corolla Wild Horses are thought to be the descendants of shipwrecked or deposited Spanish mustangs from the 16th century. 1500s explorers such as Lucas Vasquez de Allyon in 1521 and Richard Greenville in the 1580s may have landed on the northern Currituck Banks and / or lost vessels or livestock in the northern Outer Banks area. If you have a 4 wheel drive vehicle and desire to take a drive unto the north beach yourself, reach out to us and we will give you some tips as to where to spot the horses.
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Corolla Wild Horse Tours
1210 Ocean Trail
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There is nothing more beautiful than seeing a wild horse on the beach! The Corolla Wild Horses are thought to be the descendants of shipwrecked or deposited Spanish mustangs from the 16th century. 1500s explorers such as Lucas Vasquez de Allyon in 1521 and Richard Greenville in the 1580s may have landed on the northern Currituck Banks and / or lost vessels or livestock in the northern Outer Banks area. If you have a 4 wheel drive vehicle and desire to take a drive unto the north beach yourself, reach out to us and we will give you some tips as to where to spot the horses.
This is a small aquarium that mostly focuses on the local ocean life. They have a really terrific sea turtle rescue and research program. Many of the exhibits are interactive. You can touch sting rays, horseshoe crabs and star fish. They have a very cool jelly fish display. There is a nature trail and a pier for you to explore and is a nice outing for small children.
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North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island
374 Airport Road
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This is a small aquarium that mostly focuses on the local ocean life. They have a really terrific sea turtle rescue and research program. Many of the exhibits are interactive. You can touch sting rays, horseshoe crabs and star fish. They have a very cool jelly fish display. There is a nature trail and a pier for you to explore and is a nice outing for small children.

Food scene

Excellent date night with white table cloth and exquisite local food. We recommend their specials. Excellent duck and fresh seafood.
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Ocean Boulevard Bistro and Martini Bar
4700 N Virginia Dare Trail
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Excellent date night with white table cloth and exquisite local food. We recommend their specials. Excellent duck and fresh seafood.
This is a legit cafe with fresh roasted coffee and a great OBX vibe.
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Ashley’s Espresso Parlour & All-Time Roasting Co.
100 E Helga St
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This is a legit cafe with fresh roasted coffee and a great OBX vibe.
Best dolphin (mahi mahi) sandwich and milk shake on the beach! The pineapple banana shake is delicious!!!
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John's Drive In (Closed for the 2019 season)
3716 North Virginia Dare Trail
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Best dolphin (mahi mahi) sandwich and milk shake on the beach! The pineapple banana shake is delicious!!!
This restaurant is a classic in OBX and serves up a great breakfast.
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Henry's Restaurant
3396 North Croatan Highway
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This restaurant is a classic in OBX and serves up a great breakfast.
Have a craving for pancakes? This is your place!
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Stack'em High Pancakes and So Forth
1225 S Croatan Hwy
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Have a craving for pancakes? This is your place!
This is an OBX tradition. You may want to consider ordering them on line and pick them up otherwise you may be waiting in line awhile. I have not found a donut I did not like!
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Duck Donuts
5230 North Virginia Dare Trail
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This is an OBX tradition. You may want to consider ordering them on line and pick them up otherwise you may be waiting in line awhile. I have not found a donut I did not like!
Great Acai bowls, ice cream and milk shakes among some really cute retail merchandise.
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Mom's Sweet Shop
3105 N Croatan Hwy
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Great Acai bowls, ice cream and milk shakes among some really cute retail merchandise.
We love this place for lunch. They have a great ahi tuna sandwich with fries for a super affordable price.
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Black Pelican Oceanfront Restaurant
3848 North Virginia Dare Trail
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We love this place for lunch. They have a great ahi tuna sandwich with fries for a super affordable price.
Total beach vibe serving everything from burgers, fresh seafood and New Zealand lamb chops.
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Noosa Beach Grille
2003 South Croatan Highway
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Total beach vibe serving everything from burgers, fresh seafood and New Zealand lamb chops.
Great date place with good food, crafted beers and good wine. Restaurant is connected to a market with a variety of speciality food and gift merchandise.
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TRIO Restaurant & Market
3708 North Croatan Highway
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Great date place with good food, crafted beers and good wine. Restaurant is connected to a market with a variety of speciality food and gift merchandise.
This is an OBX tradition. I don't even like hot dogs that much and love this place! If you want something inexpensive and good, go to Capt'n Franks.
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Capt'n Franks
3800 North Croatan Highway
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This is an OBX tradition. I don't even like hot dogs that much and love this place! If you want something inexpensive and good, go to Capt'n Franks.
Fishing Surf Shack Style .... best local sushi, great for takeout date night on the beach or front porch. You're on vaca, just chill!
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Sanya Sushi Bar Japanese and Chinese Cuisine
3919 N Croatan Hwy
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Fishing Surf Shack Style .... best local sushi, great for takeout date night on the beach or front porch. You're on vaca, just chill!
Great fresh shucked fried oysters with sweet potato fries, fresh trap to table local crabs or better yet order a crab boil to go and eat under the Original Surf Shack on the picnic table.
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I Got Your Crabs Shellfish Market and Oyster Bar
3809 North Croatan Highway
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Great fresh shucked fried oysters with sweet potato fries, fresh trap to table local crabs or better yet order a crab boil to go and eat under the Original Surf Shack on the picnic table.
Great local takeout pizza to enjoy on the Original Surf Shack deck with your favorite glass of wine or cold beer.
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Vinny's Pizza Joint
3701 North Croatan Highway
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Great local takeout pizza to enjoy on the Original Surf Shack deck with your favorite glass of wine or cold beer.
The view is what makes this place so wonderful. I prefer it for lunch however the dinner sunsets are fantastic. They have wonderful she crab soup, salad and truffle fries.
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AQUA Restaurant
1174 Duck Road
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The view is what makes this place so wonderful. I prefer it for lunch however the dinner sunsets are fantastic. They have wonderful she crab soup, salad and truffle fries.
We recommend their burgers and fresh cut fries. Their burgers are voted best on the beach!
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Art's Place
4624 North Virginia Dare Trail
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We recommend their burgers and fresh cut fries. Their burgers are voted best on the beach!
Ice Cream is part of the beach vacation. Check out the Surfin Spoon. Jesse (former pro surfer) and Whitney (owners) are salt of the earth people. Ice cream sandwiches are their specialty. If you drop by, tell them Suzanne and Bryan said "hi"!
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Surfin' Spoon Frozen Yogurt Bar
2408 South Virginia Dare Trail
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Ice Cream is part of the beach vacation. Check out the Surfin Spoon. Jesse (former pro surfer) and Whitney (owners) are salt of the earth people. Ice cream sandwiches are their specialty. If you drop by, tell them Suzanne and Bryan said "hi"!
Wonderful tacos, burritos, chips, dips and margaritas in a family friendly atmosphere. If you have a craving for a vegetarian meal the Quinoa Black Bean Burger is THE BEST!!!
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Bad Bean Baja Grill
4146 North Croatan Highway
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Wonderful tacos, burritos, chips, dips and margaritas in a family friendly atmosphere. If you have a craving for a vegetarian meal the Quinoa Black Bean Burger is THE BEST!!!
This is the Disneyworld of candy! Enter with kids at your own risk.
Sugar Kingdom
1600 South Croatan Highway
This is the Disneyworld of candy! Enter with kids at your own risk.
Blackened fish tacos can't be beat!
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Mama Kwan's Tiki Bar & Grill
1701 South Croatan Highway
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Blackened fish tacos can't be beat!

Fun Activities

Good family fun and in walking or biking distance.
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Paradise Golf & Arcade
3300 North Croatan Highway
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Good family fun and in walking or biking distance.
The Lost Colony outdoor drama is the “grandfather” of all outdoor dramas and is produced by the Roanoke Island Historical Association (RIHA), a non-profit whose mission is to celebrate the history of the first English colonies on Roanoke Island, North Carolina, and to honor the founders of The Lost Colony symphonic drama through drama, education, and literature. First staged in 1937, The Lost Colony is the nation’s premier and longest-running outdoor symphonic drama. Go to the website of The Lost Colony Drama and buy your tickets in advance.
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The Lost Colony
1409 National Park Drive
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The Lost Colony outdoor drama is the “grandfather” of all outdoor dramas and is produced by the Roanoke Island Historical Association (RIHA), a non-profit whose mission is to celebrate the history of the first English colonies on Roanoke Island, North Carolina, and to honor the founders of The Lost Colony symphonic drama through drama, education, and literature. First staged in 1937, The Lost Colony is the nation’s premier and longest-running outdoor symphonic drama. Go to the website of The Lost Colony Drama and buy your tickets in advance.
My favorite special experience with family and friends is a sunset cruise on Surfer Girl catamaran. Also, this is a great place to play on the water with wave runners, parasailing and much more. A fun time is certain!
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Nor'Banks Sailing & Watersports
1314 Duck Rd
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My favorite special experience with family and friends is a sunset cruise on Surfer Girl catamaran. Also, this is a great place to play on the water with wave runners, parasailing and much more. A fun time is certain!
World renown kite boarding is just south of us! Here in the Pamlico Sound on Hatteras Island, the combination of warm waist deep water, steady wind and sandy shorelines makes this one of the best places in the world to learn and progress your kiteboarding skills.
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REAL Watersports
25706 North Carolina 12
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World renown kite boarding is just south of us! Here in the Pamlico Sound on Hatteras Island, the combination of warm waist deep water, steady wind and sandy shorelines makes this one of the best places in the world to learn and progress your kiteboarding skills.
This park is a favorite of the locals who have preschoolers. If your preschooler is beached out and you are needing ideas for free entertainment for your child to expend energy, then check out this park. Slides, merry go rounds and swings .... the kids love it!
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Dowdy Park
3005 S Croatan Hwy
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This park is a favorite of the locals who have preschoolers. If your preschooler is beached out and you are needing ideas for free entertainment for your child to expend energy, then check out this park. Slides, merry go rounds and swings .... the kids love it!
A fun event for the kids. Brett is energetic and funny making the outings a good time.
Ghost Crab Quest, LLC
213 Woodland Dr
A fun event for the kids. Brett is energetic and funny making the outings a good time.

City/town information

This town is so charming and has several summer events throughout the summer. The Town of Duck, North Carolina, is a thriving coastal community. With an eclectic mix of independent businesses and the Duck Town Park and Boardwalk, Duck Village is a source of pride and the heart of Duck. I've been all over the world and the sunsets in Duck along the boardwalk are my personal favorite.
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Duck
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This town is so charming and has several summer events throughout the summer. The Town of Duck, North Carolina, is a thriving coastal community. With an eclectic mix of independent businesses and the Duck Town Park and Boardwalk, Duck Village is a source of pride and the heart of Duck. I've been all over the world and the sunsets in Duck along the boardwalk are my personal favorite.
Manteo is a charming little town that makes you feel like you are stepping back in time when the pace of life was less hurried. This beautiful, coastal community is located on Roanoke Island, part of the beautiful Outer Banks of North Carolina. Visitors to Manteo can return to a simpler time of fishing rods and smiling faces, picket fences and charming places. Strolls on the waterfront boardwalk are the best ways to see the sun sparkle and the moonlight reflect off of the waters of Shallowbag Bay. Watch boats in the marina sail by, whether sitting on the docks at the marina or on a bench in the downtown park.
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Manteo
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Manteo is a charming little town that makes you feel like you are stepping back in time when the pace of life was less hurried. This beautiful, coastal community is located on Roanoke Island, part of the beautiful Outer Banks of North Carolina. Visitors to Manteo can return to a simpler time of fishing rods and smiling faces, picket fences and charming places. Strolls on the waterfront boardwalk are the best ways to see the sun sparkle and the moonlight reflect off of the waters of Shallowbag Bay. Watch boats in the marina sail by, whether sitting on the docks at the marina or on a bench in the downtown park.

Shopping

We recommend any of the shops in Duck. Scarborough Faire is in the center of Duck. Duck village is a great place to shop for gifts or keepsakes reflective of the Outerbanks.
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Scarborough Faire Shopping Village
1177 Duck Road
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We recommend any of the shops in Duck. Scarborough Faire is in the center of Duck. Duck village is a great place to shop for gifts or keepsakes reflective of the Outerbanks.
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Outlets Nags Head
7100 South Croatan Highway
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This funky little beach shop is fun to walk around and see the creative repurposing artistry. Not recommended for little children.
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seagreen gallery
2404 South Virginia Dare Trail
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This funky little beach shop is fun to walk around and see the creative repurposing artistry. Not recommended for little children.
One of my favorite local art gallery reflecting the best of Outer Banks and beach art
Absolutely Outer Banks
3708 N Croatan Hwy
One of my favorite local art gallery reflecting the best of Outer Banks and beach art

Spa

Pedicures, manicures, massages over a beautiful view can not be beat.
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AQUA Spa
1174 Duck Rd
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Pedicures, manicures, massages over a beautiful view can not be beat.
Natural nails is friendly, clean and a good value for a manicure/pedicure.
Natural Nails
1710 N Croatan Hwy
Natural nails is friendly, clean and a good value for a manicure/pedicure.