It’s certainly possible to while away the days on a picturesque beach in the Outer Banks, but for those up for an adventure, the shore also holds a world of promise. A trip to the Outer Banks is a prime chance to try out something new and thrilling, whether you’re into skydiving, kiteboarding, or off-roading. From the ocean to the air, opportunities await for Outer Banks adventures!
Off-Roading takes on a whole new meaning in the Outer Banks, where the beach becomes your road. North of Corolla lie the beaches of Carova, accessible only by 4×4 vehicle. With the proper permit, you can spend the day exploring this long stretch of beach with your own four wheels, pausing to enjoy the sights and sounds of the ocean. This is also where you’ll find the famed Corolla wild horses that roam free along the oceanfront. While observers must stay at least 50 feet from the horses, exploring this magical stretch of coastline is an unforgettable adventure that is unique to the Outer Banks!
If you’d rather not have to do the driving, try a 4X4 tour from Back Country Safari Tours. Their unique custom beach cruisers offer you a chance to feel the wind in your face while you experience the thrills of driving down these beautiful beaches. One of the best parts of taking a tour is the experienced naturalist guides you will meet, who can fill you in on everything you might want to know about the places and animals you see along the way. As a bonus, you’ll also gain access to an exclusive private Mustang reserve that the company helps maintain. It’s an experience you won’t soon forget!
Take the Leap of Skydiving
Take inspiration from the Wright Brothers’ first flight, which took place in the Outer Banks, to embark on your own airborne adventure. Skydive OBX offers sky diving excursions that will literally take your breath away. Thrill in a free fall and canopy ride as you take in sights of the barrier island below. Whether you’re a repeat diver or you’re crossing it off the bucket list for the first time, skydiving is a sure way to experience fun things to do in the Outer Banks.
If you’d love to see the Outer Banks from the air, but don’t necessarily want to jump out of a plane, why not take an air tour? You have many options for exciting air tours here, including helicopters, Cessnas, and even open-cockpit biplanes! There are both short and long tours available, and you’ll get a chance to see everything from schools of fish to old shipwrecks as you fly over the gorgeous beaches of the Outer Banks. You can even take flying lessons!
Choose a Water Sport
It is no surprise that the Outer Banks are home to a wide variety of easily accessible water sports. From more relaxed activities such as stand up paddleboarding to thrilling adventures like kiteboarding and surfing, there are many ways to enjoy an in-water adventure. Kitty Hawk Kites is a great place to start when planning your water adventure. Their adventure options include kiteboarding, surfing, parasailing, hang gliding, and more! Book a full lesson or pick up just the rental gear for select DIY adventures.
Adventure with the Whole Family
If your thrill seekers are underage, don’t worry: There’s still a whole host of exciting activities the entire family can partake in here! High-flyers will be eager to try their hand at all sorts of climbing adventures at Corolla Adventure Park, where 11 off-the-ground obstacle courses and eight ziplines offer everyone a chance to practice their ninja warrior skills. The ultimate thrill, for you wilder ones, might just be trying your hand at axe throwing! Yes, Corolla Adventure Park has an official axe throwing arena, so everyone will be safe, but you can fulfill your lumberjack fantasies. Kids can also sign up for Coastal Adventure Camp, a half-day experience where they’ll test their skills on the climbing course as well as go stand-up paddling, while parents can have some alone time.
If the family would prefer a day on the water, check out Family Water Adventures, which offers customized personal tours on the ocean, tailored to your interests. Especially great for young children, Family Water Adventures can take you to the perfect spot for finding clams or seashells, or the best spots for snorkeling or fishing. It’s easy to have a great water adventure with Captain Tami at the helm!
Outer Banks Tourist Attractions
There is no better way to enjoy an adventure in the Outer Banks than by staying near all the action in one of our Outer Banks vacation rentals. These homes offer the perfect haven for downtime between adventures so that you can rest up and prepare for what the next day holds. Adventure awaits in the Outer Banks!