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Area Attractions

The Outer Banks Fishing Pier is only 1 ½ miles north of the house and just four miles north is the new Jennette’s Pier at Mile Post 16 in the heart of Whalebone Junction opening in May boasting 1000 feet of concrete pier and two large aquariums. You are just a few minutes from Nags Head's best restaurants, groceries, and shops.

Bodie Island Lighthouse is a short two miles south of the cottage.

Oregon Inlet Beach Access and Fishing Center Three miles south of the cottage where you can either drive out onto the beach or watch the daily catch come in at 4:30pm. This is a favorite for all ages when the anticipation builds as the boats back up to the dock and offload. Charters can be made from the main office for 1/2 day, full day in-shore and off-shore trips.

Take Your Four-Wheel Drive Vehicle on the Beach
Though there is some controversy over whether it should be allowed or not, you can drive on the beach in many parts of the Outer Banks in designated off-road beach access areas. You will need to have a four-wheel drive (4WD) vehicle to prevent getting stuck, and you may not go over 25 mph while driving on the beach. Some places don't allow beach driving and some require permits to drive on the beach, so check with the local area officials to make sure you are following the rules. For more information, contact the National Park Service at (252) 473-2111.

The Town of Manteo on Roanoke Island
Ten minutes west of the house. Take a Walking Tour of Historic Downtown Manteo. One of the oldest Outer Banks communities, Manteo is the county seat of Dare County and is home to several old office buildings that are still in use today. Manteo also has several bed and breakfast inns, restaurants, shops and attractions - all of which attract thousands of visitors to Roanoke Island each season. The downtown area is located on the waterfront, which has 53 modern dockside boat slips and a comfort station with showers and bathrooms. The downtown area has many independently owned shops and restaurants that provide for an interesting afternoon of shopping. Also in the area is the American Bicentennial Park, which has a wooden boardwalk along the waterfront, a gazebo area and picnic tables for resting and a playground for the kids. In Historic Downtown Manteo, there is something for everyone!

Jockey's Ridge State Park
Jockey's Ridge is the tallest natural sand dune system in the Eastern United States. Located in Nags Head, it is one of the most significant landmarks on the Outer Banks. The entrance to the park, Carolista Drive, is in the town of Nags Head at milepost 12 on the Hwy 158 Bypass (South Croatan Hwy). (252) 441-7132

North Carolina Maritime Museum on Roanoke Island
The George Washington Creef Boathouse was built on the Manteo waterfront in 1940, and in 1998 was turned into the North Carolina Maritime Museum on Roanoke Island. Inside the museum, the crew of mostly volunteers keeps busy renovating and rebuilding wooden boats. The Elizabeth II was built here, and visitors to the museum can view a presentation on her construction. The museum is a great stop for anyone interested in boats and boat building of the past and present. The museum is open year-round, Tuesday through Saturday. Hours are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. during the summer months, and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. during the rest of the year. For more information, contact the museum at (252) 475-1750.

The Elizabethan Gardens
Families, horticulturists and nature lovers, history buffs and culture seekers ... there is something for everyone ... as each season contributes to the beauty and tranquility of this unique garden ... an oasis of green in a land of sea and sun. Where the Old World and New World Grow Together.

The Elizabethan Gardens is located adjacent to The Lost Colony's Waterside Theatre and Fort Raleigh National Historic Park on Roanoke Island nestled near North Carolina's Outer Banks. The gardens are open year-round, seven days a week.

The Lost Colony
First staged in 1937, The Lost Colony it is the nation’s premier and longest-running symphonic drama. Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paul Green, The Lost Colony’s 74th anniversary season opens MAY 27 and plays nightly except Sunday through Aug. 20, 2010 at Manteo’s Waterside Theatre, on North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

Ride a Personal Watercraft in the SounddPersonal watercraft (jet skis) are a favorite pastime on the Outer Banks. Since the Outer Banks are surrounded by water, there are plenty of areas where you can ride your personal watercraft. There are also several places that rent personal watercraft. Depending on the area, personal watercraft is prohibited within 150 to 900 feet of shore. For more information on your specific area, contact the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau at (877) OBX-4FUN. You can rent personal watercraft from Kitty Hawk Watersports in Corolla at (252) 453-6900 or Nags Head at (252) 441-2756. Another option is Hatteras Watersports in Salvo at (252) 987-2306.

Go Windsurfing in the Calm Sound Waters Throughout the Outer Banks
There are several great sound side locations on the Outer Banks where you can go windsurfing. Canadian Hole, located between Avon and Buxton, is the most popular because of the wind and water conditions in the area. Nags Head sound side access at Milepost 16 and Jockey Ridge State Park's sound side access are popular spots to launch as well. If you don't know how to windsurf but would like to try it, you can take lessons at numerous places on the Outer Banks. If you are in the northern Outer Banks, you may want to try Kitty Hawk Watersports of Nags Head at (252) 441-2756. If you are on Hatteras Island, you can take lessons from Windsurfing Hatteras at (866) 995-6644 or Hatteras Island Sail Shop at (252) 987-2292

Take a Scenic Flight Tour
If you think the Outer Banks are beautiful from the ground, wait until you see them from the sky! This stretch of islands and waters will amaze you. Depending on where you fly, you will see things from the air such as the Oregon Inlet, one of the four area lighthouses, the Wright Brothers Memorial, and more! For a tour of the northern Outer Banks, you may contact Kitty Hawk Aero Tours at (877) 274-2461 or Outer Banks Seaplanes at (252) 475-1007. Kitty Hawk Aero Tours depart from the Manteo Airport. Outer Banks Seaplanes take off and land on the Roanoke Sound. For a tour of Hatteras and/or Ocracoke Islands, contact Burris Flying Service at (252) 986-2679. Prices for the above services start between $30 and $75 per person, depending on the size of your group and the length of your flight. You will want to call ahead to make reservations.

Southern Beaches, Villages and Islands
Fifteen minutes south of the cottage is the small town of Rodanthe where a nice amusement park is located. A little further south is Cape Hatteras where there's plenty to do to justify a day trip or take the free ferry over to Ocracoke Island. This will be a peaceful drive down the famous Rt. 12 through the Cape Hatteras National Park since you didn't have to battle the bypass road through the congested northern beach towns.

 

 
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