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Take some time away with the loved ones. Everyone can enjoy time to relax and have fun surrounded by plenty of sand, sun, water, and fun. North Carolina’s Outer Banks, and especially Cape Hatteras, have something for everyone on your next trip, including a variety of “on the water” Cape Hatteras activities you won’t want to miss.

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Swimming

It’s difficult to be “on” the water without first getting in. You’ll also want to make sure your and everyone else’s swimming skills can handle the ocean waves before embarking on any other adventure. Stick close to shore for a leisurely swim, or swim out to deeper waters and ride the waves back to land. Keep in mind even the most expert swimmers can encounter trouble further out in the water.

Remember to always watch children and inexperienced swimmers around water and have life jackets available to them before they enter the water.

Snorkeling

Unlike SCUBA diving where you swim below the waves to explore the underwater world, you can stick closer to the surface and still explore the wonderland below. Get an up-close look at the many fish species and other marine life that call the waters of Cape Hatteras home. Ask about daytime or sunset tours, as well as gear rental for when you’ve built your confidence and want to strike out on your own adventures.

Jet Skis

For those looking to fulfill a ‘need for speed’ with adrenaline-pumping fun with loved ones, rent a jet ski and slice through the waters of the Atlantic Ocean at top speed. Choose from several companies that rent jet skis for a fast-paced good time on water.

You may need to obtain a North Carolina boating certificate before piloting a craft, whether that’s on your own or during a group tour, and some tour companies can help you with that before the adventure.

Paddle Sports

Slow down and experience some fun and unique water activities with a paddle in your hand. Paddle your way through the water on a stand-up paddleboard, kayak, or canoe. Select companies offer lessons as well as rentals outside the lesson so you can explore Cape Hatteras on your own.

You can also choose the unique activity of glow kayaking – a nighttime adventure aboard a clear kayak with special underwater-safe LED lights to light up the night. No matter the activity, make sure you have a life jacket.

Deep Sea Fishing

Charter a trip to the depths of the Atlantic off Cape Hatteras. There are several charter companies waiting to help you set sail in search of your next great fish story. Be prepared to hook Red Drum, Cobia, King Mackerel, Tuna, Marlin, and more.

Before your adventure, make sure to secure the proper North Carolina fishing license.

Boating

The activity can include several activities all in one! Rent a vessel and simply cruise the water or go on your own sightseeing tour of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Rather than taking it slow, up the speed and adrenaline for more fun. Hook up a line for activities like tubing, knee boarding, wakeboarding, water skiing, and more.

Find a secluded spot and drop anchor for a swim. When you’re participating in water sports, make sure to wear your life jacket. Pilots of boat rentals may need to secure a North Carolina boating permit/safety certificate before taking the helm.

Surfing

Get a unique experience on the shores of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Professional instructors teach you everything you need to know to catch your own waves, either on a regular surfboard or on a windsurfing adventure – or both!

Select companies offer rentals after the lesson, so you can continue to perfect your skills or take your adventure to your favorite spot.

Fishing

If any of the anglers in your group would rather stick close to shore, you can let them know there are plenty of places and ways to drop a line and try their luck. Enjoy some surf fishing from the shoreline, or head to some of the most popular fishing piers in the area.

Avon Fishing Pier is open 6 a.m. – 10 p.m. and stretches 665 feet out into the Atlantic. Fishing off the end undoubtedly scores some interesting catches you won’t find if you stay closer to shore. Another good spot to cast a line is the Rodanthe Pier, where your next big fish story may include sea mullet, spot, bluefish, trout, and many others. The pier is open daily 6 a.m. – 12 a.m.

Embark on Water Fun in Cape Hatteras

While planning all the fun activities and adventures for a Cape Hatteras water activity retreat, make booking comfortable accommodations a priority when you book a vacation rental with Lighthouse View Oceanfront Lodging.

Prepare and serve delicious home-cooked meals, in the fully equipped kitchen. Spread out in an open living space or spend some time outdoors on a private patio or balcony. We have accommodations as small as 1-bedroom for a solo or sweetheart getaway full of water fun, all the way up to a 6-bedroom single-family home to include all of your loved ones in the water fun.

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You’re looking forward to a much-needed break and a patriotic celebration this 4th of July. The year-round warmer climate of North Carolina and Cape Hatteras are just what you need to celebrate as you see fit.

There are a variety of things to do and see during a Cape Hatteras getaway this 4th of July in North Carolina. During the special summer holiday, there are even some that celebrate with plenty of red, white, and blue fun and flair.

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4 for the 4th

Celebrate the 4th and get out and get some exercise. The four-mile run/walk winds through Kinnakeet Shores in Avon. Barrier Island Group (B.I.G) is sponsoring the event. There will also be a fun 1,776-foot dash for the little ones to get some exercise, too.

Your entry fee supports non-profit organizations in Cape Hatters like Hatteras Island Meals, OBX Buddies, and Chicamacomico Life Saving Station. Both events are Wednesday, July 3, 2024. The four-mile run/walk starts at 7 a.m. and the dash starts at 8 a.m. Register and get more information on the Barrier Island Group website.

4th of July Celebration at Avon Pier

The celebration features a variety of events at the Avon Pier and Avon Beach Klub. There may even be corresponding radio show events on the island’s radio station, FM 101.5 and 99.9. The star of the show is the amazing fireworks display that can be seen from the many beaches of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

There will be refreshments nearby, as well as regular fare offered by the pier’s bars, restaurants, and other dining establishments. The event takes place 9-9:45 p.m. on July 4, 2024.

Golf Cart Parade

Decorate a golf cart in beautiful red, white, and blue and join the parade. The 11th annual parade now features over 50 carts of all styles, each decked out in fun patriotic themes. There is a free village cookout at the Village Center, where parade winners will be announced.

The parade starts at Teach’s Lair Marina on N.C. Highway 12, and cruises through the heart of Hatteras village on the way toward Eagle Pass Road. Anyone with a golf cart they can decorate is welcome to join. You can also choose to be a spectator and line the parade route to cheer for a favorite.

Tri Villages Market

Explore the market and its many artists’ and makers’ tent setups featuring clothing, art, baked goods, fresh produce, and more. Head to the Camp Hatteras Campground located at 24798 NC Hwy 12. The event takes place Wednesdays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., June 12-September 25, making it a great addition to your June event schedule.

The date for the market around 4th of July is Wednesday, July 5, 2024.

Sunday Brunch with Live Music

Every Sunday throughout the summer you can head to Cafe Pamlico inside The Inn on Pamlico Sound in Buxton for delicious brunch fare and live music. Sip on mimosa flights.

Brunch is every Sunday, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. It is going on now through September 29, 2024. Call the cafe for reservations at 252-995-4500. Sunday brunch events around the 4th of July holiday include July 2 and 9.

Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station

The life-saving station in Rodanthe is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2024, and you can get in on the events this 4th of July. It’s most well-known rescue was August 16, 1918, when the men at the station saved 42 of the crewmembers of the doomed British tanker SS Mirlo.

The now-decommissioned station hosts rescue re-enactments, talks about the fateful day, special speakers covering topics like Hatteras Island and the Cold War, shipwrecks and lifesaving, and other topics. Tour Midgett House – where lifesavers and their families lived, and more. Check the website to see what kind of events are happening during your vacation.

Water Activities

In addition to the many beach activities and 4th of July activities that attracted you to Cape Hatteras this 4th of July, there are water sports to experience while you’re here, too. You and your loved ones can their way through calmer waters on a stand up paddleboard, kayak, or canoe through the pristine marshes and wildlife sanctuary of the area. Up the adrenaline and speed and take off on a jet ski. Take the fun below the waves on a snorkeling or SCUBA tour.

Add in some lessons for a new skill, too. Certified surf instructors will take you from land classes to catching your first wave in no time. Choose traditional surfing, wind surfing, or both. Once you’re comfortable with your skills, rent some gear and start catching your own waves.

Celebrate Independence in Cape Hatteras

As you plan your North Carolina and Cape Hatteras 4th of July adventure, make sure to sprinkle in some events with patriotic flair to the itinerary for your perfect and unique vacation experience. You’ll also want to make part of that planning booking a vacation rental with Lighthouse View Oceanfront Lodging.

We have accommodations as small as a one-bedroom suite for a cozy solo or sweetheart getaway full of patriotic fun, all the way up to a six bedroom single-family home so you can enjoy a full slate of June events and festivals with all your friends and family.

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You’re looking forward to a much-needed break this June. The year-round warmer climate of North Carolina and Cape Hatteras are just what you need to start summer out on the right food. We look forward to June and the upcoming summer as much as you do! In fact, we celebrate the coming of our even warmer weather and the road leading toward summer with several annual North Carolina events and festivals. Make some of them a part of your spring vacation itinerary for a full experience of Outer Banks fun.

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Dare Day Festival

It’s one of the longest-running festivals in Manteo! The full-day event is held along the downtown waterfront and hosts an array of activities and attractions full of fun. Each one celebrates local Manteo culture. Throughout the day you’ll experience a number of events for water and OBX lovers of all ages, including the Hogway Speedway Racing Pigs, “Anything that Floats but a Boat” Race, and the Raingutter Regatta. Check out the Kids Zone, as well as the annual competitions for best cake and pie in all of Dare County.

The festival takes place 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday, June 1, 2024.

Rock the Cape

Celebrate spring and the coming of summer to the Cape with food, music, art, and fun on your vacation to Cape Hatteras this June. The 12th annual event is free and family friendly. Take in events highlighting the visual and performing arts of Hatteras Island. Enjoy an art show, concerts, and gallery tour during the weekend of fun. Head to Kitty Hawk Kites’ Waves Village Watersports Resort at Milepost 40 in Rodanthe, and let the good times roll.

The event takes place June 6-7. Stop by on the 6th for a full afternoon of art, live music, and more. Stop by on the 7th and experience “Friday Arts on the Island” a “First Friday” tour of Hatteras Island art galleries.

Tri Villages Market

The summer season is getting underway in June, and that includes the area farmer’s market. Explore the market and its many artists’ and makers’ tent setups featuring clothing, art, baked goods, fresh produce, and more.

Head to the Camp Hatteras Campground located at 24798 NC Hwy 12. The event takes place Wednesdays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., June 12-September 25, making it a great addition to your June event schedule.

Sunday Brunch with Live Music

Every Sunday throughout the summer you can head to Cafe Pamlico inside The Inn on Pamlico Sound in Buxton for delicious brunch fare and live music. Sip on mimosa flights.

Brunch is every Sunday, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. It is going on now through September 29, 2024. Call the cafe for reservations at 252-995-4500.

65th Annual Hatteras Marlin Club Blue Marlin Release Tournament

Enjoy fishing, food, fun, and fellow anglers. Start the tournament with a kick-off lunch cookout, stock up at the ship store and register on-site before the captain’s meeting. There will be a variety of activities outside of fishing, including yoga, kids’ events, and more. The week wraps up with grand finale and awards. Register your boat and crew or follow your favorite boat’s progress on the tournament website.

The event takes place June 23-29, 2024 starting at 7 a.m. daily.

Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station

The life-saving station in Rodanthe is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2024. It’s most well-known rescue was August 16, 1918, when the men at the station saved 42 of the crewmembers of the doomed British tanker SS Mirlo. The now-decommissioned station hosts rescue re-enactments, talks about the fateful day, special speakers covering topics like Hatteras Island and the Cold War, shipwrecks and lifesaving, and other topics. Tour Midgett House – where lifesavers and their families lived, and more.

Wind & Waves Sailing & Maritime Festival

On the heels of Rock the Cape, the festival features sailing, food, fun, and top-notch entertainment. Celebrate the “best wind and waves on the East Coast” with sailboat races, a seafood boil, maritime market, beach bonfire, and more.

The event takes place at the KOA Cape Hatteras in Rodanthe at their Soundside Event Lot, and the public is welcome. It takes place Friday, June 7- Sunday, June 9, with check-in and a welcome bonfire Friday night, a full slate of activities Saturday, and a wrap-up and awards ceremony Sunday afternoon.

Celebrate June Events in Cape Hatteras

As you plan your North Carolina and Cape Hatteras adventure for June, make sure to sprinkle in your favorite events or festivals to the itinerary for your perfect and unique vacation experience. You’ll also want to make part of that planning booking a vacation rental with Lighthouse View Oceanfront Lodging.

We have accommodations as small as a one-bedroom suite for a cozy solo or sweetheart getaway this June, all the way up to a six-bedroom single-family home so you can enjoy a full slate of June events and festivals with all your friends and family.

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The year-round sun and warm temperatures of North Carolina and the Outer Banks region, in addition to the sand, sun, water, and fun the area has to offer makes them an ideal destination for your next getaway. There are several islands and areas to choose from, but Cape Hatteras is full of fun, as well as all that sand, sun, and water activities you came to enjoy.

There are plenty of things to do and see to make it a trip to remember. You’ll need and want to do some shopping while you’re here, so add a stop at some of their unique farmers and craft North Carolina markets to your must-do list.

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Old Trent Market

Stop by and pick up unique items created by local artists and craftspeople as well as fresh fruits, vegetables, baked goods, jam, honey, and more. Add them to your next home-cooked meal, or as a fun souvenir to remember your trip.

Markets are held every Thursday 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Join the fun at the Frisco Woods Campground in Frisco. The market is open now, and will continue through summer and into the fall.

Tri Villages Memorial Day Market

Celebrate the unofficial start of summer this Memorial Day with a trip to Hatteras Island and Cape Hatteras. The summer season will be getting underway, and that includes the premier weekend for the market. Explore the market and its many artists’ and makers’ tent setups featuring clothing, art, baked goods, fresh produce, and more.

Head to the Camp Hatteras Campground located at 24798 NC Hwy 12. The event takes place one day only, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, May 25, 2024.

Rock the Cape

The annual celebration shines a spotlight on performing as well as visual arts in Cape Hatteras. Enjoy live music from styles such as contemporary Celtic, pop, funk, soul, and more. The concert is free and take place all afternoon on June 6.

On the 7th you can visit handmade fine arts and crafts by local artists. Stop by the “Friday Arts on the Island” – a First Friday tour of the art galleries of Hatteras Island and Cape Hatteras. The 2024 festival is June 6-7.

Avon Farmers Market

The market is one of the top markets on Hatteras Island, including Cape Hatteras. Open seasonally, the 2024 season starts in June. Shop the market for items including custom tea blends, handcrafted sauces, seasonings, and jellies, art, textile accessories, jewelry, wood crafts, baked goods, fresh produce, and more. Check their website for this year’s list of vendors, as well as their website and social media information for each.

The market is located at 41156 NC Hwy 12 in Avon. It runs June 11-September 10, 2024, and takes places Tuesday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Tri Villages Market

Once the market kicks off during the Memorial Day weekend, you’ll want to add its regular day to your calendar, too. The market takes a break to fully stock up, so you’ll have to wait until mid-June. Stop by the ocean- and soundfront camp ground to find clothing, accessories, fresh produce, arts, crafts, and more.

Visit them at Camp Hatteras Campground located at 24798 NC Hwy 12. The event takes place 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. every Wednesday, June 12 – September 25, 2024.

Light House Local Artists Shows

The shows start in spring and run through fall. Stop by on select Fridays and Saturdays to see and purchase local art, crafts, jewelry, homemade foods, and more.

See their Facebook page for the full schedule. Each event is held Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. each day. Find them at the Lighthouse Assembly of God Family Life Center, across from the Cape Hatteras Secondary School tennis courts in Buxton.

Hatteras Island Arts & Crafts Guild

The Guild is a local non-profit organization that is dedicated to boosting the work of young local artists across Hatteras Island and throughout Cape Hatteras. Since its inception nearly 35 years ago, the Guild has awarded over $100,000 in scholarships for deserving artists.

Not only can you score unique items, but you can enter a raffle to help raise the funds for scholarships. The Guild hosts two shows annually, one in August and one the weekend of Thanksgiving – just in time to kick off holiday shopping.

The August date has not yet been announced.

Craft Your Perfect Cape Hatteras Escape

While planning all the fun activities and adventures for your Cape Hatteras retreat full of farmers and craft market fun, make booking comfortable accommodations a priority when you book a vacation rental with Lighthouse View Oceanfront Lodging.

Prepare and serve delicious home-cooked meal in the fully-equipped kitchen. Spread out in an open living space, or spend some time outdoors on a private patio or balcony. We have accommodations as small as one-bedroom for a solo or sweetheart getaway, all the way up to a six-bedroom single-family home so all your loved ones can join in the farmers and craft market fun.

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Take some time away with the one you call dad this Father’s Day. Dad can enjoy the weekend with loved ones surrounded by plenty of sand, sun, water, and fun. North Carolina’s Outer Banks, and especially Cape Hatteras, have something for every dad and all his loved ones during a Father’s Day trip. Relax and unwind indoors or out or find something fun and exciting Cape Hatteras to do on-shore or off-shore for the perfect Father’s Day retreat.

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Beaches

A Father’s Day island escape means plenty of beach time. The warm weather and waters of summer during the Father’s Day holiday mean you can spend a little extra time out in the sun on your beach days. Lay out and sunbathe, get some exercise, watch the kids play on the sand, or brave the water for a swim.

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

The iconic Cape Hatteras Lighthouse officially opens for the season the third Friday in April, meaning taking a tour is a must for your Father’s Day itinerary. The majestic black and white structure towers over and protects what is known as one of the most hazardous sections of the whole Atlantic Coast.

It is open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Unfortunately, the popular stair climb of the 248-stair iron spiral staircase will not be available due to restoration efforts. If dad just can’t stay away, you can still stop by to see renovations so far, including newly stripped paint that has revealed brick dating back to 1873!

Fishing

If dad or any of his loved ones are anglers, you can let them know there are plenty of places and ways to drop a line and try their luck this Father’s Day. Charter a boat, stick to shore and do a little surf fishing, or head to some of the most popular fishing piers in the area.

Avon Fishing Pier is open 6 a.m. – 10 p.m. and stretches 665 feet out into the Atlantic. Fishing off the end undoubtedly scores some interesting catches you won’t find if you stay closer to shore. Another good spot to cast a line is the Rodanthe Pier, where dad’s next big fish story may include sea mullet, spot, bluefish, trout, and many others. The pier is open daily 6 a.m. – 12 a.m.

Hatteras Island Ocean Center

Dad and his loved ones can help improve the environment this Father’s Day. The center stretches across Bodie, Hatteras, and Ocracoke Islands, Down East, and the Pamlico Sound and is part of the Outer Banks National Scenic Byway. The center is a great place for nature lovers of all ages and is within walking distance of central Hatteras Village. Explore on a kayak nature tour, go on “Turtle Patrol” and learn about the area’s sea turtles and see active nests, or learn about birding in the barrier islands. Its programs will be in full swing for the summer season, but contact them to double check if dad’s favorite program will be available.

Hatteras Weather Bureau Station

Along with the historic lighthouse, dad may also want a tour of the historic wood-frame building, built in 1901. During its commission (1902-1946), it provided data on conditions in the Atlantic Ocean from a fixed location farther into the ocean environment than any other on the Atlantic Coast. Once it was decommissioned as a weather station, it became living quarters for Weather Bureau personnel, and has since been used as a research station by the universities and other higher education institutions in North Carolina.

Water Activities

In addition to the many beach activities that attracted you and dad to Cape Hatteras, there are water sports to experience while you’re here, too. Dad and his loved ones can make their way through calmer waters on a stand up paddleboard, kayak, or canoe through the pristine marshes and wildlife sanctuary of the area. Up the adrenaline and speed and take off on a jet ski. Take the fun below the waves on a snorkeling or SCUBA tour.

Add in some lessons for a new skill, too. Certified surf instructors will take you and dad from land classes to catching your first wave in no time. Choose traditional surfing, wind surfing, or both. Once you’re comfortable with your skills, rent some gear and start catching your own waves.

Father’s Day Your Way in Cape Hatteras

While planning all the fun activities and adventures for dad’s Cape Hatteras Father’s Day retreat, make booking comfortable accommodations for dad and his loved ones a priority when you book a vacation rental with Lighthouse View Oceanfront Lodging.

Prepare and serve delicious home-cooked meals, including dad’s favorites and Father’s Day cookout fixin’s in the fully equipped kitchen. Spread out in an open living space or spend some time outdoors on a private patio or balcony. We have accommodations as small as one-bedroom for dad’s solo getaway, all the way up to a six-bedroom single-family home so dad and all his loved ones can enjoy an island adventure.

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Take some time to get away this summer. Enjoy time with loved ones surrounded by plenty of sand, sun, water, and fun. North Carolina’s Outer Banks, and especially Cape Hatteras, have something for everyone. There are plenty of things to see and do while you’re here, including budget-friendly ones, that are fun for the whole family. Consider these fun activities to plan a cheap Outer Banks vacation.

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Beaches

An island escape means time on the beach. The warm weather and water mean you can spend a little extra time out in the sun on your beach days. Lay out and sunbathe, get some exercise, watch the kids play on the sand, or splash around in the ocean for a swim. Make sure to pack plenty of sun protection, beach snacks, and all the other gear you’ll need for a fun day on the sand or water. Some beaches may have parking fees, or access fees for piers, but they are nominal and won’t break the budget.

Escape Hatteras

The activity has been growing in popularity, and you’ll want to add it to your Cape Hatteras To Do List. Located in Frisco, you can challenge yourself to stories like “The Crazy Keeper,” “The Spanish Flu,” and more. Each room is rated by difficulty and an ideal group is 2-6 participants. While they are open during the off-season, hours may vary. Advanced reservations need to be made online. The best part? The experience is less than $40 per group.

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

The iconic Cape Hatteras Lighthouse officially opens for the season on the third Friday in April. It’s a great way to step inside and beat the heat. The majestic black and white structure towers over and protects one of the most hazardous sections of the whole Atlantic Coast.

The lighthouse is open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Unfortunately, the popular stair climb of the 248-stair iron spiral staircase will not be available due to restoration efforts. You can still stop by to see renovations so far, including brick dating back to 1873 revealed by recently stripped paint. The Museum of the Sea and Park Store will be open, too. If you want to “experience” the climb, there is a virtual tour and live webcam available for viewing through the National Park Service website for the lighthouse.

Hatteras Island Ocean Center

The center stretches across Bodie, Hatteras, and Ocracoke Islands, Down East, and the Pamlico Sound and is part of the Outer Banks National Scenic Byway. It’s a must-do for nature lovers of all ages and is within walking distance of central Hatteras Village.

Explore on a kayak nature tour, go on “Turtle Patrol” and learn about the area’s sea turtles and see active nests, or learn about birding in the barrier islands. The center’s full schedule of programs is available during the summer months. Activity fees are as low as $10/person to $40/person, and some programs are free!

Hatteras Weather Bureau Station

There’s another historic building to include in your ‘beat the heat’ itinerary aside from the lighthouse. The wood-frame building was built in 1901 and served as a weather station from 1902 to 1946. During that time, it provided data on conditions in the Atlantic Ocean from a fixed location farther into the ocean environment than any other on the Atlantic Coast.

Once it was decommissioned as a weather station, it became living quarters for Weather Bureau personnel, and has since been used as a research station by the many universities in North Carolina studying marine invertebrates and other species.

Water Activities

In addition to the many beach activities that attracted you to Cape Hatteras, there are water activities to experience while you’re here, too. Paddle your way through calmer waters on a stand up paddleboard, kayak, or canoe through the pristine marshes and wildlife sanctuary of the area. Prices vary depending on the rental company or activity provider. You can just take a dip, too.

Fishing

For the anglers of the group, there are plenty of places and ways to drop a line and try their luck during spring break. Charter a boat, stick to shore, or head to the Avon Fishing Pier to see what’s biting. The pier is open 6 a.m. – 10 p.m. and wanders 665 feet out into the Atlantic – fishing off the end will no doubt net some interesting catches that you won’t find if you stay closer to shore. Fishing passes are $8-12 a day per person, depending on age. Sightseeing is just $1/person.

Another great spot is Rodanthe Pier, where you’ll cast a line in search of sea mullet, spot, bluefish, trout, and many others. The pier is open daily 6 a.m. – 12 a.m. Daily fishing passes range from $10-15, and sightseeing is just $2/day.

An Island Retreat on a Budget

While planning all the budget-friendly fun activities and adventures for your Cape Hatteras getaway, make booking comfortable and affordable accommodations a priority and book a vacation rental with Lighthouse View Oceanfront Lodging.

Prepare and serve delicious home-cooked meals in the fully equipped kitchen. Spread out in an open living space or soak up the sun and sea air on a private patio or balcony.

We have accommodations as small as one-bedroom, all the way up to a six-bedroom single-family home so you and all your loved ones can enjoy an island adventure.

Contact us today!

The next time you need a break, consider adding plenty of sand, sun, water, and fun. The barrier islands of North Carolina’s Outer Banks, including the Cape Hatteras region, have something for everyone for a relaxing vacation any time of year. You’ll find an array of things to see and do, and you’re bound to hear your stomach rumble while you’re out. While there are many brick-and-mortar restaurants ready to serve you, sometimes you need to grab-and-go so the fun doesn’t slow down. You’ll find a variety of food trucks in North Carolina serving delicious eats to satisfy your appetite.

Hoy Lechon

Lechon means “to grill,” and the Rodanthe-based food truck is all about grilling. They dish up grilled pork, chicken, and beef with Asian influences. The Filipino and Chinese owners bring tastes like spring rolls, Filipino BBQ chicken, adobo fried rice, and more to the residents and visitors to Rodanthe. Pick up lunch or dinner, family-style meals, or book them to cater your next event. Find them regularly at the Liberty gas station at the foot of the Jug Handle bridge into Rodanthe.

Taqueria Las Ahumaderas

Head to the area around StingWray’s in Rodanthe for delicious Mexican on the go. Choose from Mexican classics like burritos, enchiladas, gorditas, nachos, quesadillas, tortas. You can also taste seafood with a Mexican flair like fish tacos and shrimp.

Uncle Frank’s Hot Dogs and Barbecue

Make waves in the traditional tastes of hot dogs and barbecue with the Waves-based food truck. The truck serves up creative fixings for hot dogs. Southern-style barbecue with all the fixings is available, too, and you can cap the meal with soft drinks or cold beer. If you’re environmentally conscious about your barbeque, they focus on sustainable, high-quality ingredients for all their dishes. If you want your selection hot and ready to pick up and go, order ahead on their website.

Dizzy’s Ice Cream Truck

A classic ice cream truck, they have dozens of frozen treats to choose from. Choose an ice cream sandwich, or ice cream bars with themes like SpongeBob, Ninja Turtles, Sonic the Hedgehog, and others. Enjoy a slushie, fudge bar, or push pop. They even have Frosty Paws ice creams for your pup on a hot day.

Stu’s Food Truck

The seasonally available truck is often parked near the foot of the Avon Pier in Avon. They offer breakfast and brunch options to start your day or keep you going through the afternoon. The cash-only establishment writes its menu on a surfboard standing next to the order window. Choose from homemade biscuits, breakfast sandwiches, veggie tacos, breakfast tacos, and more in the morning. For your afternoon fill-up, choose BBQ dishes, hot dogs, or their delicious pulled pork tacos.

Hatteras Bowls

Located in Waves near the water of the Tri-Villages is a truck serving up healthy snacks. The truck camps out there all summer long and provides Acai bowls with a variety of toppings, vegan ice cream, ice-free smoothies, avocado toast, and a selection of coffee and tea. The good vibes are included in the price. The Eco-friendly bowls and spoons are biodegradable. You’ll find outdoor seating close by. Wait 30 minutes and head back into the ocean to “hang 10” with the equipment you’ve scored at nearby Hatteras Island Surf Shop. Bike racks and vehicle parking is available.

Outer Banks Food Truck Showdown

You’ll have to hop over to Nags Head on Bodie Island, but you’ll find several trucks in one spot! The annual event includes trucks from the larger North Carolina and Virginia areas. You’ll find independent trucks as well as catering trucks from popular brick-and-mortar restaurants. Taste flavors from American to Asian fusion and more. The event also features live music to enjoy while you chow down.

Good Eats at Home or On-the-Go in Cape Hatteras

While planning all the fun activities and adventures of your Cape Hatteras adventure, make sure that booking comfortable and stylish accommodations are a top priority. Book a vacation rental with Lighthouse View Oceanfront Lodging. We have accommodations as small as 1-bedroom for a solo or sweetheart trip, all the way up to a 6-bedroom single-family home so you and all your loved ones. If there are leftovers, heat them up in the unit’s fully equipped kitchen, and enjoy them in a beautiful dining room. Kick back in a spacious living area or take in the view from an outdoor space.

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Take some time away with your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day to enjoy an escape featuring plenty of sand, sun, water, and loads of romantic fun. North Carolina’s Outer Banks, and especially Cape Hatteras, have something for everyone to enjoy during a well-deserved North Carolina Valentine’s Day respite. Relax and unwind indoors or out, with a myriad of year-round and Valentine’s Day activities to choose from.

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Dinner

Enjoy the tastes and flavors of Cape Hatteras. There are a number of restaurants in the cape and around the entire island that offer delicious fare, any day of the week. Many are also offering Valentine’s Day specials that may include dinner for two, or a special lovers’ dessert to share. Contact your restaurant of choice to see what’s on the menu and if reservations will be required. You can also check whether they offer pick up or delivery if you’d rather celebrate in private.

Spa Day

You’ll want to get the ultimate in rest and relax during your Valentine’s Day retreat with your sweetheart. While lazing around your rental together is an option, you may also want to spoil your sweetheart with a special spa day. There are several spas scattered around Cape Hatteras and the island that offer services like massages, body wraps or scrubs, facials, manicures, pedicures, and more. Select spas are offering Valentine’s Day specials, many of which include a couples’ massage, champagne, chocolate covered strawberries, or other treats. Some offer just-for-men services that tailor services to his unique needs.

Beach Horseback Ride

Whether you and your sweetheart a seasoned equestrians or first-time riders, you’ll be sure to enjoy this Valentine’s Day beach experience. The stunning backdrop of the beach and waves of the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Hatteras is a romantic “trail” ride you don’t want to miss. Call or email to make reservations with your preferred company, and be prepared to provide ages, height, and weight of riders so they can pair everyone with the horse that will be most appropriate for their needs. You can book a private ride or join other vacationers for a group adventure.

Avon Fishing Pier

If you and your sweetheart love to fish, there are plenty of places and ways to drop a line to see if you’re as lucky catching fish as you are at catching your sweetheart. Choose to charter a boat, stick to shore, or head to the Avon Fishing Pier to see what’s biting. The pier is open 6 a.m. – 10 p.m. and stretches 665 feet out into the Atlantic Ocean. That means fishing off the end will no doubt net some interesting catches that you won’t find if you stay on shore. When you arrive, be sure to admire the crooked bends in the pier, a testament to time and Mother Nature’s effect on what is the only operating pier on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore today.

Hatteras Weather Bureau Station

Take in some history with your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day. Make sure to add a tour of this historic wood-frame building to your Valentine’s Day itinerary. Built in 1901, the station was in active use 1902-1946. During its operation, it provided data on Atlantic Ocean conditions from a fixed location farther into the ocean environment than any other on the Atlantic Coast at the time. Once it was decommissioned as a weather station, the building became living quarters for Weather Bureau personnel investigating the area and has since been used as a research station by universities investigating marine invertebrates and other concerning species.

Celebrate Love in Cape Hatteras

While planning all the fun activities and adventures for you and your significant other’s trip to Cape Hatteras this Valentine’s Day, make sure that booking comfortable and stylish accommodations is a top priority. Book a vacation rental with Lighthouse View Oceanfront Lodging. We have accommodations as small as one-bedroom for your sweetheart getaway, all the way up to a six-bedroom home so multiple couples can share the Valentine’s Day island fun.

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Take some time away with loved ones this winter to enjoy an escape featuring plenty of sand, sun, water, and loads of winter fun. North Carolina’s Outer Banks, and especially Cape Hatteras, have something for everyone to enjoy during a well-deserved winter respite. Relax and unwind indoors or out, with a myriad of year-round and Cape Hatteras winter holiday activities to choose from.

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Hatteras Island Christmas Parade

If the second Saturday of December is on your vacation itinerary, ring in the Christmas season with a parade. Local businesses, fire departments, the US Coast Guard, and an array of non-profit organizations come together for the mile-long parade. The parade is weather-permitting and starts at the Hatteras Community Center and ends at Eagle Pass Road in the heart of Hatteras village. The family-friendly parade features coastal and holiday-themed floats with candy, toys, and other prizes thrown from participants to spectators on the mark down NC Highway 12. Stay ‘til the end when Santa will make a special appearance. Wind up the experience with hot cocoa, cookies, and more at the Hatteras Community Center. This year’s event takes place 2-5 p.m. on December 9th.

Avon Fishing Pier

Although the waters may be a bit chilly for humans to swim in, the fish don’t mind. For the anglers of the group, there are plenty of places and ways to drop a line and try their luck. Choose to charter a boat, stick to shore, or head to the Avon Fishing Pier to see what’s biting. The pier is open 6 a.m. – 10 p.m. and stretches 665 feet out into the Atlantic! That means fishing off the end will no doubt net some interesting catches that you won’t find if you stay closer to shore. When you arrive, be sure to admire the crooked bends in the pier, a testament to time and Mother Nature beating away at what is the only operating pier on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore today.

Beaches

A wintertime island escape means plenty of beach time. The harsh sun has begun to back off a bit, making it easier to stay out and enjoy the day a little longer. Lay out in the sun and sunbathe, get your exercise with a walk, or run on the sand, or plant an umbrella and have a picnic or sit and read with the waves lapping in the background. If you don’t mind the cold waters, you and your loved ones can paddle around on a stand-up paddleboard, kayak, or canoe. Check out the pristine marshes and wildlife sanctuary of the area. Up the adrenaline and speed when you take off on a jet ski or take to the skies for parasailing. Add in some lessons for a new skill while you’re at it: certified surf instructors can take you from land classes to catching your first wave on a traditional surfboard or windsurfing equipment in no time!

Beach Horseback Ride

Whether you’re a seasoned equestrian or first-time rider, you’ll be sure to enjoy this winter beach experience. The stunning backdrop of the beach and waves of the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Hatteras is a “trail” ride you don’t want to miss. Call or email to make reservations with your preferred company, and be prepared to provide ages, height, and weight of riders so they can pair everyone with the horse that will be most appropriate for their needs.

Hatteras Island Ocean Center

Make the center that is part of the Outer Banks National Scenic Highway – which stretches across Bodie, Hatteras, and Ocracoke Islands, Down East, and the Pamlico Sound – part of your winter plans. It’s a great stop along the route for nature lovers of all ages and is within walking distance of central Hatteras Village! Explore on a kayak nature tour, join the “Turtle Patrol” and learn about the area’s sea turtles, or learn about birding in the barrier islands.

Hatteras Weather Bureau Station

Make sure to add a tour of this historic wood-frame building to your winter itinerary. Built in 1901, the station was in active use 1902-1946. It provided data on Atlantic Ocean conditions from a fixed location farther into the ocean environment than any other on the Atlantic Coast at the time. Once it was decommissioned as a weather station, the building became living quarters for Weather Bureau personnel investigating the area, and has since been used as a research station by universities investigating marine invertebrates and other species.

Welcome Winter in Cape Hatteras

While planning all the fun activities and adventures for your Cape Hatteras winter retreat, make sure that booking comfortable and stylish accommodations are a top priority and book a vacation rental with Lighthouse View Oceanfront Lodging. We have accommodations as small as 1-bedroom, all the way up to a 6-bedroom home so you and all your loved ones can enjoy an island adventure this winter.

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Take some time away this Halloween to enjoy an escape with loved ones surrounded by plenty of sand, sun, water, and loads of Halloween fun. North Carolina’s Outer Banks, and especially Cape Hatteras, have something for everyone during a well-deserved respite. Relax and unwind indoors or out or find something fun and exciting to do on-shore or off-shore no matter how busy you want to be during your Halloween in North Carolina stay.

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OBX Wind

While the Outer Banks is known for fishing, the islands are also a great place for water sports. During your Halloween escape, take in the contest that is billed as one of the biggest windsurfing events in the country! The annual Wind Competition brings windsurfers or all skill levels together for fun on the water, and a friendly competition on the water. The event is perfect for your Halloween calendar, running Saturday, October 28 – Saturday, November 4, 2023.

Trunk or Treat

Enjoy Halloween in a safe environment. The event takes place in the spacious parking area of the Beach Klub at Koru Village in Avon, next to the Avon Pier. Cars will be decked out in spooky décor, and offering candy and treats of all varieties. Kids and adults are encouraged to dress in their spooky best to attend the free event. The event takes place 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 31.

Beaches

A Halloween island escape means plenty of beach time. The harsh sun has backed off a bit, making it easier to stay out and enjoy the day a little longer. Lay out in the sun and sunbathe or stay active and get your exercise with a walk or run on the sand. If ultimate relaxation is your goal, plant a beach umbrella and have a picnic or sit and read with the waves lapping in the background.

Water Activities

In addition to the many beach activities that attracted you to Cape Hatteras for your Halloween adventure, there are other fun water sports to experience while you’re here, too. If you don’t mind the cooler water, you and your loved ones can paddle your way through on a stand up paddleboard, kayak, or canoe. Check out the pristine marshes and wildlife sanctuary of the area. Up the adrenaline and speed when you take off on a jet ski or take to the skies for a parasailing adventure. Add in some lessons for a new skill while you’re at it: certified surf instructors will take you from land classes to catching your first wave on a traditional surfboard or windsurfing equipment. Once you’re comfortable with your skills, rent some gear and plan your own adventure!

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

The majestic black and white structure protects one of the most hazardous sections of the whole Atlantic Coast. The grounds surrounding the structure are always open, all year long. Come for breathtakingly beautiful views, but you’ll have to return to take part in the climb of the 248-stair iron spiral staircase – it is closed for restoration.

Hatteras Island Ocean Center

The center is part of the Outer Banks National Scenic Highway, which stretches across Bodie, Hatteras, and Ocracoke Islands, Down East, and the Pamlico Sound. The center is a great stop along the route for nature lovers. For those not taking the scenic route, it is within walking distance of central Hatteras Village! Explore on a kayak nature tour, join the “Turtle Patrol,” and learn about the area’s sea turtles and view active nests, or learn about birding in the barrier islands.

Hatteras Weather Bureau Station

Along with the area around the historic lighthouse, make sure to add a tour of this historic wood-frame building to your itinerary. Built in 1901, the station was active from 1902 to 1946. Throughout that time, it provided data on conditions in the Atlantic Ocean from a fixed location farther into the ocean environment than any other on the Atlantic Coast at the time. Once decommissioned as the official weather station, the building became living quarters for Weather Bureau personnel investigating the area. It has since been used as a research station by universities investigating marine invertebrates.

Spa Day

Enjoy complete relaxation this Halloween on your Cape Hatteras retreat. Book a manicure, pedicure, massage or body treatment. Even a new hairstyle can reinvigorate, relax, and refresh you! Some salons and spas in the area even offer special men’s services that cater to their specific needs, so everyone in the group can go home rested and rejuvenated.

Enjoy a Spooky Halloween in Cape Hatteras

While planning all the fun activities and adventures for your Halloween Cape Hatteras retreat, make sure that booking comfortable and stylish accommodations are a top priority. Book a vacation rental with Lighthouse View Oceanfront Lodging. We have accommodations as small as one-bedroom for a solo or sweetheart spooky trip, all the way up to a six-bedroom single-family home so you and all your loved ones can enjoy an island adventure this Halloween.

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