10 Things to Do During the Colder Months in Outer Banks

2 February 2024 |  Published By: Hotels OBX

By Christine Flanagan, Sales and Marketing Manager Just because the weather is cooler in the winter months doesn’t mean you can’t explore and find things to do in the Outer Banks in North Carolina. Visiting in the winter is one of my favorite times to go because you don’t have to fight traffic and crowds. Winter trips will also allow you to save money because hotels may be running specials. Here are our top 10 things to do in the Outer Banks during the colder months.

1.Visit Historic Lighthouses

Tour the historic lighthouses, including the Bodie Island Lighthouse and the Currituck Beach Lighthouse. These landmarks offer stunning views of the coast. Whether you climb to the top for a breathtaking panoramic view or marvel at their impressive architecture from the ground. The lighthouses are a must-do activity to add to your things to do in the Outer Banks list.

2. Explore the Wright Brothers National Memorial

The Wright Brothers National Memorial must be included while creating your list of things to do in the Outer Banks. The memorial is in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, just two miles from the Comfort Inn on the Ocean. At the memorial, you’ll learn about the history of flight, including the first powered flight by Orville and Wilbur Wright. You can walk to the top of the monument and take in the amazing surrounding views.

3. Fly a Kite at Jockey’s Ridge State Park

Jockey’s Ridge State Park is amazing. It’s the tallest living sand dune system on the Atlantic coast. You can walk around and explore the ever-shifting sand dune. Bring a jacket, gloves, and a kite for your winter trip, and watch it soar in the sky. Or try sandboarding! Kitty Hawk Kites offers sandboard rentals all year long. For those who are braver, there are also hang gliding lessons! It's such a cool thing to do in Nags Head.

4. Local Spots to Eat

 You must eat on your summer or winter trip to the Outer Banks. The great part about going in the winter is there are no lines! There are so many local options in the Outer Banks to choose from. Some locations close for the off-season or may have different hours. Always check before you go to make sure the restaurant is open. Here are 5 of our favorite local restaurants that are typically open year-round.

5. Breweries, Wineries, and Distilleries

Not all things to do in the Outer Banks are outdoors. For those over 21 years old, you’ll be pleased to find numerous options when looking for an “adult” beverage. You’ll find options that are local to the area and region. So go ahead and indulge in something a little more sophisticated – you've earned it. Just remember to please drink responsibly!

6. Sweet Treats

I love getting a sweet treat when on vacation, especially ice cream. While it’s worth the wait in the summer months, there will be lines at almost every ice cream shop. Some ice cream locations close during the off-season, but plenty of delicious options remain open during winter trips. Even when it’s chilly out ice cream is still part of a beach vacation. With so many things to do in the Outer Banks, make time to stop at one or more of these local options.

7. Shopping

Of all the things to do in the Outer Banks, maybe shopping is not top of mind. But the Outlets in Nags Head have well-known name-brand shops. There are also local art galleries that are unique to the Outer Banks. The Christmas Shop in Manteo is amazing!

8. Aquariums

The North Carolina Aquarium Roanoke Island is 3 miles North of Manteo, NC. A sister location of the North Carolina Aquarium at Jennette’s Pier, a very popular 1,000-foot-long fishing pier within walking distance of the Comfort Inn South Oceanfront hotel.

9. Hiking and exploring trails in the Outer Banks

Sometimes, the best things to do in the Outer Banks are free! Exploring the area’s natural areas can also reduce stress. The Nags Head Woods Preserve has various trails with different levels of difficulty and length. Another great spot to check out is the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge.

10. Walk along the beach in front of your Oceanfront Hotel

During winter trips to the Outer Banks, stay at the Comfort Inn on the Ocean in Kill Devil Hills or the Comfort Inn South Oceanfront in Nags Head. Both hotels are oceanfront properties and centrally located. Reserve a room with a balcony to take advantage of the beautiful sunsets. Both hotels provide complimentary breakfast buffets.

Plan a quick winter trip to the Outer Banks to relax and enjoy the peacefulness of the off-season. Take a walk on the beach, read a book, and explore the many things to do in the Outer Banks. You’ll enjoy the area without the hustle and bustle of summer crowds and save a little money. Book your hotel now and start planning your winter trip! Contact us at 2524416333 and 2524416315. Safe travels! We will see you soon!

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