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When you’re staying in the Outer Banks, take a day trip and head south on North Carolina Highway 12. Before you know it, you’ll find yourself in the beautiful Hatteras Island community of Avon. Though small in population (less than 1,000 people at the last census!), this charming coastal town provides Outer Banks vacationers with a plethora of fun-filled activities and attractions. Use the list of our favorite things to do in Avon, NC, to get you started planning your trip!

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Our Favorite Things to Do in Avon, NC

1. Avon Fishing Pier

The Avon Fishing Pier is the place to be when you when want to reel in a nice catch while enjoying a fantastic view of the Atlantic Ocean. Visit the pier’s website to learn more about this popular Avon NC attraction, including its history, fishing reports, and more!

Visit multiple fishing piers throughout the barrier islands, including the Kitty Hawk Fishing Pier, the Nags Head Fishing Pier, and Jennette’s Fishing Pier.

2. Studio 12

Visitors of all ages can tap into their artistic side at Studio 12. They offer educational and entertaining classes where you can make jewelry, create pottery, paint masterpieces, and more! It’s the perfect way to escape the weather during a rainy day on the Outer Banks.

3. Surfing

Avon Beach and Avon Fishing Pier are awesome spots to catch some waves. Head to Ride Hatteras Surf Shop and rent a board or take lessons from their friendly, professional staff. They offer rentals for other water sports, too, including paddleboarding, kayaking, and windsurfing.

Some of our other favorite local surf shops throughout the OBX are Corolla Surf Shop and Kitty Hawk Surf Co.

4. Windsurfing

When a normal surf excursion doesn’t cut it, windsurfing is the thrilling activity you need! Embrace the wind and water while catching Outer Banks waves. The sport is highly popular here, and it’s one of the best places in the nation to windsurf. Head to Ocean Air Sports for rentals, lessons, and gear!

5. Dining

The restaurants in Avon, NC, will give you a delicious taste of authentic Outer Banks eating! Places like Gidget’s Pizza and PastaBros Sandwich ShackOceana’s Bistro, and Uglie Mugs Coffee Shop are some of the best spots in town to dine!

6. Kayaking

Surfing isn’t the only way to get on the water in the Outer Banks. A kayaking expedition through Hatteras Island is hands-down one of the best things to do in Avon, NC. Head to Kitty Hawk Kites, rent a kayak and explore the Avon Pamlico Sound. You’re bound to see a wide variety of local wildlife and creatures! If you end up loving the area, our Kitty Hawk rentals are available to you!

7. Sailing

Taste the salty sea air and cruise over the Outer Banks’ waves when you embark on an expedition with Avon Harbor Sailing. They offer lessons, day trips, and romantic sunset cruises. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins!

There is a wide array of additional boat tours available throughout the Outer Banks. Enjoy dolphin cruises, kayak tours, and more!

8. Beaches

This is a given, but regardless, it deserves to be on this list. The beaches in Avon have all the essentials you would expect from an OBX beach. Scenic views and serenity are in plenty here! Whether you’re tanning or bodysurfing, you won’t have to worry about crowds and busy boardwalks. Plus, Avon Beach is dog-friendly!

Be sure to make your rounds to other picturesque beaches throughout the barrier islands during your trip!

9. OBX Jetovator

If you’re ready to push the limits of what you thought was previously possible when it comes to watersports, then the OBX Jetovator is what you’re looking for. Take a ride on the Jetovator and shoot up into the sky. It’s the only jet-propelled water sport on Hatteras Island and is available for folks of all ages and sizes. Altitude addicts— this activity is for you. Take a look at these amazing videos, and you’ll be sold!

10. Bermuda Triangle, OBX

Bermuda Triangle, OBX, is a certified dive center on Hatteras Island that offers scuba diving certification at various levels and scuba diving expedition tours. One of their most popular dive trips gets you up close and personal with the Graveyard of the Atlantic. Their scuba shop is located inside Frank and Fran’s Tackle Shop and offers scuba gear rentals and sales.

Book Your Trip to the Outer Banks Today

Avon is just one of many fantastic vacation spots in the Outer Banks! Shoreline OBX is happy to provide properties throughout many communities and will help you find the perfect vacation rental for your stay in the Outer Banks. We also offer impressive vacation packages and specials to help get the most of your vacation.

When you vacation in the Outer Banks, you’ll find no shortage of postcard-worthy views, and plenty of things to do for the whole family. Browse our properties today and find the perfect one for you!

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