Day Trips to Make an Outer Banks Memory

Downtown Manteo during First Friday, a monthly celebration held the first Friday of every month.

Spring is here, the weather is getting warmer and our Outer Banks guests are on our filling our roads again. It’s a great part of the cycle of life here, and for many of the guests it’s the memories, new and old, that keep them coming back.

So, to help with the memories, for new visitors and returning ones, here is a short-and admittedly incomplete-list of day trips to create Outer Banks memories from Joe Lamb, Jr. & Associates.

Downtown Manteo

Sidewalk cafes, a microbrew, a rum distillery that just opened, some wonderful art galleries, a replica ship for the sailing craft that brought the Lost Colonists from England . . . Manteo has a remarkable small town feel to it.

Village of Duck

The shopping district of Duck is about a one mile stretch of shops, galleries and restaurants, all locally owned-usually with the owners manning the store. A multi-use path, wooden walkways and an exquisitely beautiful boardwalk over the Currituck Sound connects everything.

Daytrip to Ocracoke

This is true day trip, and probably best done starting a bit earlier in the morning. The ride to the Hatters Village ferry dock is quintessential Outer Banks, passing through Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, the villages of Hatteras Island and finally a ferry ride to Ocracoke. Ocracoke Village almost seems like a place that time has forgotten, with narrow streets that are best navigated on foot. Know when the last ferry leaves. It’s the only way off the island.

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