09/26/13

What Are Your Top Five Things To Do On Hatteras Island?

We all know that there are so many wonderful things to do here on Hatteras Island. Our pristine, family-friendly beaches and quaint villages offer a variety of activities for you and your family to enjoy while visiting us.

The Huffington Post recently listed its top “5 Free Things to do on Hatteras Island.” It is no surprise that spending time enjoying the beaches of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore is top on the list. There is nothing quite like a day at the beach for exploring, relaxing, and playing in the surf!

The Huffington Post list also includes: a trip to the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum where admission is free, although donations are encouraged; attending programs offered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge; visiting Cape Hatteras and Bodie Island Lighthouses (there is a fee to climb them, but not to walk around the grounds); and taking a free ferry ride from Hatteras to Ocracoke Island for the day.

We would love to hear what you and your family like to do while visiting us! What are your Top 5 Things to do on Hatteras Island? Please share them with us on our Surf or Sound Facebook and Twitter pages, and follow us on Pinterest to see of few of ours!

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10/12/12

National Wildlife Refuge Week kicks off on Oct. 13th

Take a few hours out of your busy fall schedule to explore Alligator River and Pea Island refuges during National Wildlife Refuge Week, October 14-20th!

Get the celebration started with a tram tour at Alligator River from 9am until noon on Saturday, October 13th. Explore the refuge and be sure to keep your eyes peeled for all of the wildlife that call this territory home, while enjoying a beautiful fall morning on the OBX.
You may register ahead of time by calling Cindy Heffley at 252-475-4180 to make your reservation. Tickets are $7 for adults, while children 12 and under may register free with one or more paying adults. Unreserved seats will be filled at no charge, on a first come/first serve basis the morning of the tour.

Later that evening, join a refuge guide to learn about the endangered red wolf while participating in a special Red Wolf Howling to celebrate Wolf Awareness Week. Starting at 6pm, the guides will introduce and speak about the Red Wolf Recovery Program in place at Alligator River refuge and then your group will venture into the heart of the refuge in an attempt to hear the resident red wolves. No reservation is required. Meet at Creef Cut Trail located on Milltail Road and US Hwy 64 west of Manns Harbor.

On the mornings of October 17-19th, from 8am to 9:30am, take part in a guided bird walk at Pea Island refuge to experience a variety of resident and migratory birds. Meet at the Pea Island Visitor Center near milepost 32 on Hwy 12.

Be sure to take advantage of these opportunities to connect with the wildlife of the OBX!


05/22/12

WE ARE #1!


U.S. News and World Reports has ranked the Outer Banks as the Top Family Beach Vacation in the USA!
It’s official! The Outer Banks is the place to come to truly vacation!
Miles and miles of vast, unspoiled beaches await you on this slender stretch of barrier islands. There is beauty around every bend and twist, whether it’s Corolla’s wild horse population, Jockey’s Ridge State Park, Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, or the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. There is something to pick everyone’s interest and invite you to explore the #1 Family Beach in the USA!
Experience world-class fishing, as well as the #1 surfing and kiteboarding destination on the East Coast. The Outer Banks also abounds with rich history and exciting exhibits!
Relax, explore, adventure, and immerse yourself in the Outer Banks! Afterall, we’re #1!
See you in the Outer Banks!


11/4/09

Wings over Water Wildlife Festival runs from Nov. 3-8

The 13th annual Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival, a celebration of wildlife and wild lands in Eastern North Carolina, will run from Tuesday, Nov. 3, until Sunday, Nov. 8. The six-day event celebrates the natural wonders of the Outer Banks and offers many opportunities to explore and discover the richness of the region’s environment. Continue reading


08/14/09

Discovering Shipwrecks on the Outer Banks

While your family explores the beaches during your Hatteras Island vacation, you might stumble across unusual structures sticking out of the sand or peeking out of the Atlantic Ocean. Large, old slabs of wood or chunks of partially submerged metal aren’t just beach debris, but are ancient remnants of shipwrecks, sometimes up to centuries old, that have been buried or deserted on the beach for generations. Continue reading


06/12/09

Free Things to Do on Hatteras Island

One of the best aspects of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore is that a day at the beach on Hatteras Island doesn’t cost a thing. There are plenty of free public accesses all along the 70 miles of National Seashore, with lots of parking, and even shower and restroom facilities. Most folks can also find free easy beach access right outside the door of their vacation rental home, but no matter where you hit the beach, you’ll never have to pay for a long, sunny day on the sand. Continue reading


04/2/09

Video filmed on the Outer Banks wins Country Music Video of the Year

Brad Paisley’s “Waitin’ on a Woman” has been popular with locals and Hatteras Island lovers alike for its gorgeous scenes shot on an undeveloped stretch of shoreline along the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge on Hatteras Island.

Now, the popularity of the video keeps growing, as it has just been named the Academy of Country Music® Video of the Year in conjunction with the 44th Annual ACM Awards. The awards will air live on April 5, 2009 on CBS Television Network 8:00 p.m. ET/delayed PT. This makes two top awards for the celebrated video. Continue reading


08/10/08

Hatteras Island Attractions

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

One of the most famous and recognizable in the world because of its black and white candy cane stripes, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is a definite “must see” on every Hatteras Island vacation.
The lighthouse is located in Buxton and is open for climbing in the summer season for a small fee. At 208 feet, the steep narrow climb is not for the faint of heart. There is also a visitor’s center and gift shop, nearby nature trails, and a wooded picnic area.

A Day Trip to Ocracoke

Ocracoke Island is south of Hatteras Island and is accessed from Hatteras Village by a free ferry that leaves Hatteras Landing. The ferries depart hourly from 5 a.m. until midnight, and every half hour on heavy traffic days. Call (252) 986-2353 for more information on the Hatteras / Ocracoke ferry.
The village of Ocracoke is a small community, just 4 square miles in diameter. The Ocracoke lighthouse is the oldest lighthouse still in operation in America. You can park and stroll around the locally owned shops and restaurants and catch a sparkling sunset over Silver Lake Harbor. Continue reading