Top 10 things to do on the OBX

The Outer Banks is full of fun activities. There are plenty of unique experiences for every member of your family to enjoy! Take a look at our list of the top 10 things you must do when vacationing on the OBX! Make time to check these Outer Banks activities off of your OBX bucket list. Haven't booked your stay yet? Make sure you take a look at our available Outer Banks vacation rentals.

Outer Banks beach

Relax At The Beach

Grab your Joe Lamb Jr. & Associates swag bag and hit up the beach for a much-needed, well-deserved beach day!

Outer Banks beach at sunset

Watch the Sunrise

Need way say more? Not an early bird? No problem! Ask us about our oceanfront vacation rentals and watch the sunrise from the comfort of your own deck.

Seaglass Hunting

Take a stroll down the OBX and find the magic behind the ocean with sea glass treasures. 

Outer Banks lighthouse

Visit the 5 Lighthouses

Visit each lighthouse on the Outer Banks and make an amazing memory. See more Lighthouse info here: Outer Banks Lighthouses

Biking in the Outer Banks

Ride Bikes

The OBX has many bike paths from Duck to Kill Devil Hills. Rent bikes for the week and have them delivered right to your vacation rental!

A view of the ocean at sunset

Watch the Sunset

If you don't take a picture of a sunset while on vacation, did you even go on vacation? The OBX is known for its picturesque sunsets!

Stargazing on the Outer Banks

Go Stargazing

Because the Outer Banks is so far off the beaten path it's easy to escape light pollution by driving a few miles in either direction to enjoy a FREE light display on the world's biggest canvas.

Surf fishing on the Outer Banks

Surf Fishing

Nothing says vacation like catching your dinner from the comforts of your beach chair! Learn more about OBX fishing

Sandcastle building in the Outer Banks

Build A Sandcastle

A beach vacation isn't complete without building a sandcastle! Share your sandcastle art with us on social media!

Kite Flying on the Outer Banks

Fly A Kite

Did we mention that sometimes it gets windy on the OBX? Put that wind to good use and by a kite!


The Outer Banks is full of fun activities that are sure to make your family vacation one to remember!

The moon rising above the ocean in the Outer Banks

Watch A Moonrise

There is nothing more magical than watching the moon rise over the ocean during those warm summer evenings.

A french bulldog walking on the beach in the Outer Banks

Walk Your Dog on the Beach!

Bring your pup to the beach! Just make sure you follow the town-specific leash laws and time frames. VIEW LEASH LAWS HERE

The Wright Brothers Memorial in the Outer Banks

Visit the Wright Brothers Memorial

Take the kids to the Wright Brothers National Memorial to learn about local history with a lot of fun and wonderment.

Outer Banks shelling


The best time for shelling on the Outer Banks is earlier in the morning right after a storm! You'll be amazed by the treasures you'll find.

Surfing in the Outer Banks

Catch A Wave

During the Fall and Winter months, the Outer Banks is known for its stellar surf. If you're visiting in the summer sign up for lessons on some smaller but fun waves.

The sandcastle at Jockeys Ridge

Find the Sandcastle at Jockeys Ridge

Visit the tallest active sand dune on the east coast + IT'S FREE!!

A diver in a tank at the North Carolina Aquarium

Visit the NC Aquarium

The perfect activity for a rainy day or if you've just had too much fun in the sun.

Outer Banks deep sea fishing

Go Deep Sea Fishing

The OBX is known for its AHI-mazing deep sea fishing!
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A rainbow in the distance at the Outer Banks

Find The End Of A Rainbow

One of the perks of those late afternoon rainstorms.

The Outer Banks Sound

Visit The Sound Side

The sound is full of wonderful activities from paddle boarding to kayaking!

A boat sailing on the Outer Banks

Set Sail

Take advantage of those beautiful calm days out on the Atlantic in the OBX and set sail.

The Whalehead Club in the OBX

Tour the Whalehead Club

Taking a tour of this 1920's mansion by the sea will transport you back in time! It is a very special place on the OBX.

Outer Banks birdwatching

Bird Watching

The Outer Banks was first recognized as a haven for migrating birds in the 1920s!

Outer Banks Nature Reserve

Visit A Nature Reserve

Skip the beach and take a stroll through a Nature Reserve to see a completed different side of the OBX!

Outer Banks golfing

Play Golf

Choose from one of the MANY golf courses on the OBX, View a list of courses here: OBX Golf Courses

The Outer Banks Elizabethan Garden

Visit the Elizabethan Gardens

A beautiful site for the flower enthusiasts in your group.

Outer Banks kayaking

Take A Kayak Tour

Embrace the wildlife and take a Kayak Tour with one of our Preferred Local Businesses.

Outer Banks waterpark

Visit the Waterpark

The beach is the main attraction but the H2OBX waterpark comes in 2nd to none! Spend the day poolside or rent a cabana for the family!

See what OBX Visitors rated as "Their Number One Thing To Do When Visiting The OBX"

Literally diving into the ocean and boogie boarding all-day

by Brennen B. via Facebook

Just relax on the beach and stare at the ocean! It's mesmerizing!

by Tammy R. via Facebook

Sit on the beach and watch those waves !!! Come on August

by April S. via Facebook

Sit at the beach and read. 7 books in 7 days!!!

by Jean C. via Facebook

Suck up the scenery, sounds, and warmth & letting my cares go out with the waves.....

by Joyce C. via Facebook

Lay on the beach or watch the sun come up

by Patricia L. via Facebook

Get up for sunrise every morning 

by Lauri J. via Facebook

Sit in my beach chair and take it all in love with it

by Connie H. via Facebook