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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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https://lighthouseview.com/history-of-lighthouse-view/Take some time away with loved ones to rest and relax during Spring Break surrounded by plenty of sand, sun, water, and loads of fun. Head to North Carolina’s Outer Banks, and Cape Hatteras. Everyone in the group will find something to enjoy during a well-deserved respite. Relax and unwind indoors or out, with a myriad of Cape Hatteras activities to choose from.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore

The over 70 miles of seashore is protected and preserved by the National Park Service. It stretches from Bodie Island to Ocracoke Island. Also known as the “Graveyard of the Atlantic,” you may find some old shipwrecks that can be fun to explore with the right touring company. The park’s fishing and surfing conditions are considered some of the best on the East Coast of the U.S. and you’ll find pristine waters to swim in by the shore.

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. Another great spot is the 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.

Bike Rentals

Get out into the springtime air! While you can drive all over the island in your rental vehicle, there are some places that vehicles just can’t go. For those nooks and crannies found around Cape Hatteras, rent a bike to take a cruise through some of the tighter passages. It’s close to the beginning of the season, so if biking is part of your itinerary, make advanced online reservations to ensure you get the bike or bikes you want. Most companies provide helmets with their rentals, but you’ll have to ask about other extras including lights, baskets, water bottles, and anything else you may need for a comfortable trip.

Beaches

A springtime island escape means plenty of beach time. The harsh sun has yet to return to full force, allowing you to stay outside and enjoy the weather longer. Lay out in the sun and sunbathe, get your exercise with a walk or run on the sand, or plant an umbrella for a beach picnic.

If you don’t mind the still-cool waters, take a 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 wild blue yonder for parasailing. Add in some lessons for a new skill and go from land classes to riding waves on a surfboard or windsurfing equipment.

Beach Horseback Ride

Whether you’re a seasoned equestrian or first-time rider, it’s a “trail” ride you won’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: it helps to pair everyone with a horse appropriate for them.

Hatteras Island Ocean Center

Make the center a part of your Spring Break this year. 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. 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. Visit their website first to confirm hours and available activities. You may need special reservations.

Hatteras Weather Bureau Station

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 station on the Atlantic Coast during that time. After being decommissioned as a weather station, it became living quarters for Weather Bureau personnel investigating the area. It has most recently been used as a research station by North Carolina universities.

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Spring into Fun in Cape Hatteras

While planning all the fun activities and adventures for your Spring Break trip to Cape Hatteras, make 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 one-bedroom for a solo or sweetheart break this spring, all the way up to a six-bedroom home so you and all your loved ones can enjoy an island adventure.

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

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Hatteras Island Cancer Foundation’s New Year’s Eve

Celebrate 2024 with a bang and a beautiful light show. The 21+ event will feature a silent auction, DJ, midnight champagne toast, selfie station, and more. Sip on wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages, or sample heavy hors d’oevres. Enjoy to your heart’s content and get a ride back to your accommodations provided by Island Hopper Shuttle and Hatteras Island Transportation. The party starts at 8:00 p.m. on December 31, 2023, and runs until 12:30 a.m. on January 1, 2024. Buy tickets online for $50 through December 30th, or $60 at the door.

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

Make a stop at the iconic Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. The majestic and iconic black and white structure that protects one of the most hazardous sections of the whole Atlantic Coast. The green areas around the lighthouse are open year-round, 24/7, but the iconic 248-stair climb is closed due to restoration efforts. It’s a must for your Cape Hatteras sightseeing list!

Avon Fishing Pier

Although the winter and New Years’ time waters may be a bit chilly for humans to swim in, the fish don’t mind. For the anglers of the group this New Year, 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. year-round 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’s effect on what is the only operating pier on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore today.

Beaches

A New Year’s island escape means plenty of beach time. The harsh sun has backed off for the winter months, 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.

Escape Hatteras

You came for an island escape from your everyday this New Year. Take the “escape” a step further and attempt an escape room with loved ones. The activity has been growing in popularity, and you’ll want to add it to your Cape Hatteras to-do list this New Year. Located in Frisco, you can challenge yourself to stories like “The Crazy Keeper,” “The Spanish Flu,” and others. 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.

Shelling

While you might consider any beach activity a spring or summer-only activity, in Cape Hatteras, that’s not the case. Beachcombing and shelling in the cape this time of year brings unique finds you may not see the rest of the year. Winter storms dislodge and kick up more unique shells and wash them ashore. Make your way to the beach just after one of these storms, as the pickings will be fresh. Another optimum time is the hours following low tide. Find gems like North Carolina’s state shell: the scotch bonnet, Eastern murex, and whelks, which are often mistaken for conch shells.

Bike Rentals

While you can hop in your rental vehicle and drive around the island, there are some places a rental vehicle just can’t go. For those nooks and crannies around Cape Hatteras, rent a bike and go cruising. Many companies offer off-season pricing, making it easier and less expensive to rent the bike you want. Most companies offer helmets with their rentals, but you’ll have to ask about other extras like lights, baskets, water bottles, and anything else you may have on your bike at home.

Celebrate 2024 in Cape Hatteras

While planning all the fun activities and adventures for your Cape Hatteras New Year’s 2024 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 1-bedroom for a solo or sweetheart New Year adventure, all the way up to a 6-bedroom home so you and all your loved ones can enjoy an island New Year celebration.

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Take some time away this Thanksgiving to enjoy an escape with loved ones surrounded by sand, sun, water, and plenty of Thanksgiving fun. North Carolina’s Outer Banks, and especially Cape Hatteras, have something for everyone during a well-deserved North Carolina Thanksgiving respite. Relax and unwind indoors or out or participate in one of the many fun outdoor activities.

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Surfin’ Turkey 5K and Puppy Drum Run

Get your exercise before the big meal. The annual event is one of the area’s Thanksgiving holiday highlights. The event supports the Hatteras Island Youth Education Fund. The event starts at the Hatteras Village Civic Center. The Surfin’ Turkey 5K starts at 8 a.m. and covers a three-mile stretch around Hatteras Village. The Puppy Drum Fun Run begins at 9 a.m. and covers just a half mile. Competitors are encouraged to wear their holiday best costumes. On-site registration is available and includes a goody bag, T-shirt, and more.

Avon Fishing Pier

For the anglers of the group, there are plenty of places and ways to drop a line and try their luck. The waters of Cape Hatteras boast some of the best fall fishing in the world! 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. That means fishing off the end will no doubt net some interesting catches you won’t find if you stay closer to shore. When you arrive, 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

Schedule plenty of beach time this Thanksgiving. Without the harsh beat of the summer sun, it’s 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 your umbrella and have a picnic with Thanksgiving leftovers or sit and read with the waves lapping in the background. If you’re willing to get a little wet, try your hand at stand up paddleboarding, kayaking, or canoeing the marshes and wildlife sanctuaries. Up the adrenaline with jet skis, parasailing, or surf lessons.

Beach Horseback Ride

Seasoned equestrians and first-time riders alike will enjoy the unique way to experience the beach. The stunning backdrop of the beach and waves of the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Hatteras is a “trail” ride to remember. 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 you with the horse that is most appropriate for each person’s needs.

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

The majestic and historic black and white structure protects one of the most hazardous sections of the whole Atlantic Coast. The grounds surrounding the structure are open 24/7, all year long, and offer beautiful views. The climb of the 248-stair iron spiral staircase is closed due to restoration efforts.

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 all the nature lovers in your group 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 and view active nests, or learn about birding in the Outer Banks.

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 Thanksgiving itinerary. Built in 1901, the station was in active use 1902-1946. The station 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. After being 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.

Spa Day

Relax completely this Thanksgiving on your Cape Hatteras retreat. Whether it’s in anticipation of the big meal, or to relax after the big production, book a manicure, pedicure, massage, or body treatment. Select spas even offer a salon where you can get a new hairstyle. Some even offer special men’s services that cater to their specific needs, so everyone in the group can go home rested and rejuvenated.

Spend Thanksgiving in Cape Hatteras

While planning all the fun activities and adventures to include during your Thanksgiving Cape Hatteras retreat, make sure that booking comfortable and stylish accommodations are a priority. Book a vacation rental with Lighthouse View Oceanfront Lodging. We have accommodations as small as 1-bedroom for your solo or sweetheart getaway, all the way up to a 6-bedroom single-family home so you can share the Thanksgiving fun with all your loved ones.

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Take some time away this fall to enjoy an escape with loved ones surrounded by plenty of sand, sun, water, and loads of fall fun. North Carolina’s Outer Banks, and especially Cape Hatteras, have something for everyone during a well-deserved fall 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 Cape Hatteras vacation.

Avon Fishing Pier

Although the waters may be a bit chilly for humans to swim in – it steadily cools from the 80s to the mid-60s for the fall months – 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. 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. When you arrive, be sure to admire the crooked bends in the pier, a testament to time and Mother Nature.

Beaches

An island escape this fall 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 your 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 fall adventure, there are other fun water sports to experience while you’re here, too. If you don’t mind the cooling waters, you and your loved ones can paddle your way through calmer waters 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 will take you from land classes to catching your first wave on a traditional surfboard or windsurfing equipment in no time! Once you’re comfortable with your skills, rent some gear and plan your own adventure.

Beach Horseback Ride

Seasoned equestrians and first-time riders alike will enjoy this beach experience. The stunning backdrop of the beach and waves of the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Hatteras is a “trail” ride you won’t soon forget. 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 you with the horse that will be most appropriate for each person’s needs.

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

The majestic black and white structure is what protects one of the most hazardous sections of the whole Atlantic Coast. The grounds surrounding the structure are open 24/7, all year long, and offer beautiful views, but you won’t be able to take part in the climb of the 248-stair iron spiral staircase, as 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. 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 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 fall itinerary. Built in 1901, the station was in active use 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 at the time. Once 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.

Spa Day

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

Celebrate Fall in Cape Hatteras

While planning all the fun activities and adventures for your fall Cape Hatteras retreat, make sure that booking comfortable and stylish accommodations are a priority. Book a vacation rental with Lighthouse View Oceanfront Lodging. 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 this fall.

Contact us today to start planning a getaway to remember!

You’re looking forward to a much-needed spring escape this year. The year-round warmer climate of North Carolina and Cape Hatteras are just what you need to warm up from the winter blahs or a bit of cabin fever. We look forward to spring 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 Cape Hatteras events and festivals.

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Taste of the Beach

The event takes place mostly on the Northern Beaches and Roanoke Island, but Hatteras Island also takes the opportunity to showcase its flavors as well. The “Classic Outer Banks 4×4” is part of the weekend event and takes place for visitors to Cape Hatteras at Dirty Dick’s Crab House in Avon. The 4X4 event is named for its four food courses and four beverage selections (4×4) that are part of the attempt. Those who try to negotiate the large meal will want to budget about two hours. Tickets are $110 with alcoholic beverages or $80 without. Gratuity is NOT included in the cost. Register to try it yourself at the Taste of the Beach event website. The event takes place the whole weekend of the festival, March 24-26, so you can pick when you’ll participate and start making your plans.

Easter

If you’re here for an Easter getaway this spring, several churches, community centers, and other local groups host Easter egg hunts, parties, pictures with the Easter bunny, and more family-friendly fun. Churches also offer special Easter services, and area restaurants may be serving up the traditional Easter meal. Contact your church or restaurant of choice to find out just what’s happening and when, and whether or not restaurants require reservations for a meal.

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

If the third Friday of April is part of your spring 2023 plans in Cape Hatteras, make a stop at the iconic Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. If you miss opening day, don’t worry, majestic black and white structure that protects one of the most hazardous sections of the whole Atlantic Coast is open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tickets are available in-person on a first come/first served basis, but you’ll want to be sure you can negotiate the 248-stair iron spiral staircase for the best view.

Kiteboarding Kick-Off Weekend

Kitty Hawk Kiteboarding starts the season off on the right foot with a weekend full of demos, tech talks, and of course, kiting to get you in the mood for the summer sport. The weekend is packed with daily around the Waves Village Watersports Resort in Rodanthe. The two-day celebration takes place May 26-28, with varying hours each day. The mostly free admission event does have some paid clinics and talks for a small fee.

Shorebreak 5K and Tide Pool Fun Run

The event typically takes place in Avon over Memorial Day weekend and celebrates spring as well as a good cause. The one-mile fun run and 5K benefits the Hatteras Island Youth Education Fund and the OBX GO FAR (Go Out for a Run) and winds through Kinakeet Shores, on boardwalks and beach walkways, and you’ll even compromise sand dunes!

Rock the Cape

Celebrate spring and the coming of summer to the Cape with food, music, art, and fun on your spring vacation to Cape Hatteras. The 11th annual event is free and family-friendly, featuring events highlighting the visual and performing arts of Hatteras Island. Festivities start June 1 at Kitty Hawk Kites’ Waves Village Watersports Center in Rodanthe.

Dare Days Festival

While no dates have been selected yet, the festival typically takes place in late May or early June and celebrates everything Dare County has to offer. The family-friendly event features activities like live music, games, kids’ crafts, bounce houses, and more. There are several food vendors and other booths that gather everyone at Roanoke Island Festival Park for the three-day party.

Fishing Tournaments

The North Carolina Beach Buggy Association (NCBBA) hosts several fishing tournaments throughout the spring and all the way through the fall, inviting anglers from all over to search for their next big fish story. Many of the tournaments take place on Cape Hatteras, while there are others on Ocracoke Island and along other Outer Banks piers, so avid anglers can make a fishing trip out of their spring 2023 vacation. See the NCBBA website for a complete schedule and how to enter each tournament.

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Celebrate Spring with These Cape Hatteras Events

As you plan your North Carolina and Cape Hatteras springtime adventure, make sure to add your favorite events or festivals to the itinerary for your perfect and unique vacation experience. Make part of that planning by booking a vacation rental with Lighthouse View Oceanfront Lodging. We have accommodations as small as a one-bedroom suite for a cozy sweetheart getaway all the way up to a six-bedroom single-family home so you can enjoy your favorite festivals with all your friends and family.

Contact us today to book your accommodations and start planning a Cape Hatteras spring event-filled adventure to remember!