With the crowds of summer gone and the ocean temperatures remaining warm enough for swimming until mid-October, fall is a great time to visit the Outer Banks. Enjoy beach time, fall festivities, and more of the coastline to yourself when you find things to do in OBX to add to your itinerary!
Explore Fall Colors
You may be at a coastal destination, but the Outer Banks has more to offer than the pure blues and greens of the oceanfront, as beautiful as they are. Head inland to the maritime forests that are situated in the Outer Banks to be treated to an array of colorful fall foliage! The Kitty Hawk Woods cover over 2,000 acres and offer a paved path as well as hiking paths along the sound. With terrain that varies from rolling sand dunes to marshland, a hike through this area reveals a change in landscape and towering trees filled with brilliant gold and orange leaves overhead.
Book a Fishing Charter
Fall months in the Outer Banks mean some of the biggest and best fish are biting. During the fall, anglers can expect to catch species such as red and black drum, croaker, grey trout, bluefish, weakfish, spot, Spanish and king mackerels, pompano, and more! If you prefer to keep your feet on solid ground, there are many locations that are good for surf fishing or casting the line from one of the Outer Bank’s fishing piers. Many visitors to the Outer Banks choose to make an excursion of it by booking a fishing charter that will get you out into near shore and offshore waters with a guide experienced in the area’s fishing scene. Check out Corolla Bait & Tackle and Corolla Watersports for two great options in enjoying a day on the water!
Enjoy the Sun & Sea
Savor the final days of swimming on warm fall days in the Outer Banks. From beach combing for shells and sea glass to participating in a variety of water sports, there is always something to do along the beach in the Outer Banks. You’ll be blessed with more of the beach to yourself than you would in summer, and it’s a great opportunity to enjoy the last of the year’s warmth before everything gets chilly. Don’t miss this chance to make one more beach memory with your family before the snow starts falling!
Check Out the Local History
If you’re ready to step away from the beach a bit, consider how interesting it could be to learn more about the Outer Banks. More than just an awesome beach destination, this part of the world contains some of America’s most fascinating historical stories. Start with a visit to the Wright Brothers National Memorial and stand on the very place where they first achieved flight. See a replica of their successful plane and learn more about them in the Visitors’ Center. Another great stop is the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, where you can find out about Roanoke Island’s original Algonquian inhabitants, the English settlers who founded the fort, and the freed slaves who found refuge here during the Civil War. Finally, no visit to Ocracoke would be complete without a stop at Teach’s Hole Blackbeard Exhibit, where you can get the full history on the notorious pirate (and some great souvenirs in the gift shop!).
Stroll on the Pier
If you don’t quite feel like getting in the water, but still want to be near it, take a walk on one of the Outer Banks’ many piers or boardwalks! Duck Town Boardwalk is a hit with both couples and families; it’s a great way to enjoy views of the Sound, see some wildlife like fish and turtles, and also visit shops and restaurants easily along the way. There are lots of little offshoots to explore, and it’s even a nice place to watch the stars after dark—be sure to bring a flashlight, just in case!
One of the best piers to visit in the Outer Banks is Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head. Owned and operated by the North Carolina Aquariums, Jennette’s is the perfect spot for anyone who is at all interested in fish, even if you’re not interested in catching them yourself. They promote ethical angling and conservation techniques, and the pier even has a small aquarium so you can learn more about the local marine life. And of course, you can fish there if you want! Jennette’s is a refreshing change from the beer-and-arcade vibe you might normally expect from a fishing pier; it’s a great spot for the whole family.
Fall Activities in the Outer Banks
With warm days and cooler nights, fall is a special time in the Outer Banks. Cozy up in the evenings in your Outer Banks vacation rental offered through us at Shoreline OBX, which offers the perfect setting for your fall getaway. From quaint beach cottages to lavish oceanfront estates, you’ll find a variety of options for savoring this fall in the Outer Banks!