We all hope for perfect weather when we plan a beach vacation but sometimes Mother Nature has other plans for us. If you find it raining during your vacation don’t fret. There are still plenty of things to do to occupy your time. Up and down the coastline of the Outer Banks there’s always something entertaining and even educational going on. Below are a sampling of what you can enjoy in the various parts of the Outer Banks.
Northern Towns of Corolla and Duck:
785 Sunset Blvd, Corolla, NC 27927
TimBuck II is a shopping center located in Corolla North Carolina. It features 60 different shops, restaurants and recreation.
Miss Kitty’s Old Time Photos & Gifts
794 Sunset Blvd, Corolla, NC 27927
Time travel to the past through Miss Kitty’s Old Time Photos in Corolla. With backdrops, accessories and costumes for the Old South, Wild West, Pirates, Civil War, American Indians, Roaring Twenties, Victorian-era and more, you can be transformed into a fantasy figure and leave with an original photo.
Eden Day Spa & Salon
817 Ocean Trail, Corolla, NC 27927
An Aveda Concept Salon and Spa that has been creating beauty and cutting edge style since 1996. Eden Day Spa and Salon uses an array of Aveda products that soothe and treat hair and skin. Three Locations one in Corolla, Duck and Currituck North Carolina.
791 Sunset Blvd, Corolla, NC 27927
This family owned business specializes in styling hair with braids with or without beads, hair wraps, and even henna tattoos. All a perfect beach souvenir. Some of the styles include custom Henna/Jagua tattoos in brown or black, full color temporary tattoos, braiding & cornrows, and even feather extensions. Beach Braids has three locations – Corolla, Duck and Nags Head.
The Town of Duck
1200 Duck Rd, Duck, NC 27949
The Town of Duck has the well-known reputation as one of the best vacation spots on the Outer Banks. Duck has appeared on a number of national best beach lists including Travel Channel’s Best Beach Directory. With a mix of independent businesses and the Duck Town Park and Boardwalk, Duck Village is a perfect rainy day destination.
Aqua Restaurant and Spa
1174 Duck Rd, Duck, NC 27949
Aqua Restaurant offers fresh regional cuisine and various cultivated wines. The casual dining in an elegant waterfront setting. Overlooking tranquil waters on the sound front, this is where you’ll find complete peace while on the Outer Banks. The expert attendants use the highest quality organic products to renew and relax you during the treatments while fulfilling your individual needs.
Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head:
Scarborough Lane Shoppes
1171 Duck Rd, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949
This collection of cool clothing boutiques, restaurants and shops vary from home décor to pet pampering. Stay dry while browsing from store to store under the covered porches that connects the shops.
1171 Duck Rd, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949
SeaDragon Gallery in Duck has a collection of traditional and contemporary handcrafts and fine arts. The gallery is filled with jewelry and works in pottery, glass, metal and wood by local Outer Banks, North Carolina artists and artisans from across the United States. Located in The Waterfront Shops in Duck along the Currituck Sound.
Integration Massage & Bodywork Therapy
2603 N Croatan Hwy, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
If the weather is being a little difficult take advantage of this time to pamper yourself. At integration Massage & Bodywork Therapy is available daily in the Kitty Hawk and Nags Head massage studios, as well as mobile massage offered in the comfort of your home or rental cottage.
The Comedy Club of the Outer Banks
1701 S Virginia Dare Trail, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
For a wonderful evening of fun and laughter, don’t miss The Comedy Club of the Outer Banks. The comedy shows are frequently listed as “OBX top 10 Things To Do this Week” for evening entertainment.
1217 S Croatan Hwy, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
This is the Outer Banks only indoor, black light 3-D mini golf and is a great place for family fun indoor activities. Live action laser tag, enclosed bound house play area, and over 60 arcade games, everyone is sure to have a good time.
7223 S Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, NC 27959
Jennette’s Pier is a state-of-the-art educational center and fishing pier complete with a pier shop, classroom and banquet hall. There are various unique educational programs perfect for indoor experiences.
OBX Bowling Center
200 W Satterfield Landing Rd., Nags Head
A perfect place for full entertainment when it’s raining in paradise. The OBX Bowling Center is the only bowling alley on the Outer Banks. The center has 24 lanes of automatic bumpers, a snack bar/café, a pool hall, and a bar and large game room. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday bowlers can party from 10 p.m. until 1 a.m. at the Neon Rock ‘n’ Roll party.
The Gallery Row Arts District is a unique area in the heart of Nags Head North Carolina, a coastal community surrounded by the beauty of the Outer Banks Cape Hatteras National Seashore. The district was designed by the Town of Nags Head to showcase its fine art galleries, dinning, unique shops, and other cultural heritage ties. Galley Row is located north of Bonnett Street and in between S. Virginia Dare Trail & Rt 158 Bypass.
Outer Banks Distilling
510 Budleigh St, Manteo, NC 27954
The first “legal” distillery on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Located in historic downtown Manteo. The site offers Kill Devil Rum tastings and tour on site. Kill Devil Rum by the bottle is available at the distillery, local OBX restaurants and ABC stores for purchase. Distillery tours are available Tuesday – Saturday. Must be 21 years or older.
205 Sir Walter Raleigh St, Manteo, NC 27954
Something different to try on a rainy day is Bianca’s Tarot Cards & Horoscope Readings. Bianca is genuinely able to offer a wide variety of insightful service such as traditional psychic readings, tarot readings, and fend shui. All Readings are private and confidential.
Dare County Arts Council Gallery
300 Queen Elizabeth Ave, Manteo, NC 27954
A non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging the arts in Dare County through advocacy, enrichment and opportunity. Art in every medium and style is offered at the local arts council gallery in downtown Manteo. The arts council has exhibitions that change monthly in the gallery and open every first Friday of the month. Usually two artists are featured.
North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island
374 Airport Rd, Manteo, NC 27954
The 68,000 square-foot complex covers all aspects of aquatic life under the surface of the ocean and sound waters bordering the Outer Banks. The aquarium is one of three in the state located along the coastline that were opened to promote appreciation and conversation of North Carolina’s aquatic environments.