The Outer Banks has some unique nature attractions that can be a fun break from the beach for travelers of all ages.

There are countless exhibits ranging from an interactive stingray tank, inland waterway freshwater tanks, and the deep ocean wreck exhibit with the larger fish and sharks!

Phone Number: 
252.475.2300

The center is over 5,000 square feet and features many different exhibits ranging from historical artifacts to an 8,000 gallon aquarium.

Walk up this giant sand dune and take in the amazing ocean to sound view of Nags Head! The beautiful environment of Jockey's Ridge means something different to everyone. Nature lovers will appreciate the views and varied habitats of the extreme environment.

Phone Number: 
252-441-7132
Elizabeth Gardens, Manteo NC

The beautiful Elizabethan Gardens in Manteo are open seven days a week, year 'round. Village Realty VIPs receive $1.00 off of each ticket.

Phone Number: 
252.473.3234

The Corolla Wild Horses have survived nearly 500 years of fierce Nor'easters and hurricanes. They are truly representative of the Outer Banks spirit – untamed and rugged – and are an integral part of what draws hundreds of thousands of visitors to the northern beaches every year.

Phone Number: 
252-453-8002

Jennette's Pier offers an experience unlike any other on the Outer Banks. Part of the NC Aquariums, its mission is to educate as well as provide an excellent spot for fishing. No old wooden buildings or wavy decking here. The pier extends straight as an arrow, one thousand feet into the ocean.

Phone Number: 
252-255-1501

This area was historically used for waterfowl hunting, commercial fishing, farming and livestock operations. The Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge is made up of ocean beach, dunes, upland, fresh and brackish water ponds, salt flats, and salt marshes.

Phone Number: 
252.987.2394

Cape Hatteras National Seashore is a globally important bird area and a critical natural landform along the Atlantic Flyway, serving as a major resting and feeding grounds for migratory birds. For more information visit the Cape Hatteras National Seashore webpage.