Stunning beaches, gorgeous wildlife, and an incredible number of attractions contribute to Kitty Hawk’s position atop the list of the best Outer Banks communities. Let us help you make the most out of your next getaway. Our guide to the 10 best things to do in Kitty Hawk is guaranteed to give you the getaway of your dreams. For additional help planning your escape, don’t forget to access our Outer Banks Vacation Guide. Our expertly crafted guide is full of the area’s best restaurants, attractions, and seasonal events. Your beach vacation isn’t complete without it!

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Wright Brothers National Memorial

The brothers responsible for ushering in the era of flight accomplished their monumental feat on the dunes of Kitty Devil Hills. Learn about Orville and Wilbur Wright’s history-altering flight at the Wright Brothers National Memorial.


Yes, you can surf in Kitty Hawk, so don’t hesitate to bring your longboard and Beach Boys albums with you. Both Kitty Hawk Surf Co. and Kitty Hawk Kayak offer rentals, lessons, and equipment for sale. lists Kitty Hawk as one of the top OBX surfing spots!

Hang Gliding

Experience the Outer Banks like you never have before, soaring over Kitty Hawk strapped into a hang glider. Kitty Hawk Kites Hang Gliding Training Center will show you in the ins and outs of this exhilarating sport, whether you’re gliding solo over sand dunes, or flying tandem with an instructor a couple of thousand feet in the air. Visit for rates, details and more.


Break out the clubs and head over to the Sea Scape Golf Links. This scenic golf course pairs the beauty of Kitty Hawk with the classic vacation sport. Be sure to fill up at their restaurant, and stop by the pro shop before you tee off.

Stand-Up Paddleboarding

You shouldn’t be surprised to see another watersport on this list – after all, it is the Outer Banks we’re talking about. Rent a board at Kitty Hawk Watersports and get to paddling (lessons are available for rookies, too.)


Put your love for water and adventure into action and sign up for a parasailing adventure with Kitty Hawk Surf Co! Rates start at $99 and vary based on the type of flight. Choose either the Duck or Maneto locations, and you’ll be sure to have an unforgettable experience.

High Cotton BBQ

This Kitty Hawk establishment is a local hotspot for North Carolina BBQ. Serving brisket, fried chicken, ribs and all necessary BBQ sides, High Cotton BBQ is a must-eat for Kitty Hawk visitors. Open Monday through Sunday, stop by for dinner or have them cater your party.

Fishing Charters

Anglers will be happy to know that they can experience OBX fishing at its finest. A number of charters are located in Kitty Hawk, like Jawfly Charters and Stolat Fishing Charters. Plan an exciting afternoon on the water targeting local fish.


Take to the ocean or stay inland – either way, kayaking the waters of the Outer Banks is one of the best things to do in Kitty Hawk NC! Plenty of local companies offer kayak rentals and tours. If you’d like to get the most out of your kayaking experience, book a kayak tour of Roanoke Island with Kitty Hawk Kites and learn about the island’s lost colony. Kitty Hawk Surf Co. is your choice for ocean kayaking and kayak fishing, and Kitty Hawk Kayak offers ten kayak tours that take you through the Currituck Sound, Alligator River, or even a nighttime tour!

Find Your Beach With Shoreline OBX

After you’ve finished exploring all that the Outer Banks has to offer, find the ultimate place to relax for your next adventure. Shoreline OBX has an incredible number of beautiful Vacation Rentals and is your one-stop-shop for planning, learning about, and executing your beach getaway.

If you’re looking for an incredible option that can accommodate the whole family, Surf’s Up is a gorgeous oceanside property that can comfortably sleeps 13 guests. With exclusive beach access, a private hot tub, and pet-friendly accommodations, there’s no reason to look any further!

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