When the weather is gloomy don’t let it ruin your frame of mind. If you’re a beach vacationer experiencing a few rainy days during your vacation week this just allows you to find the fun in various hidden locations. Each and every town that make up the coastline of the Outer Banks has something entertaining and even educational to offer. So looking on the bright side of this temporary dark weather. Without the rain, it would never lead you to check out these indoor activities.
Starting in the Northern Towns of Corolla and Duck:
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
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
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.
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
The little town of Duck has accumulated a reputations 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.
Scarborough Lane Shoppes
Scarborough Lane Shoppes is a collection of cool clothing boutiques, restaurants and shops that vary from home décor to pet pampering. Browsing from store to store is comfortable under the covered porches to connect the shops no matter the weather.
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.
Aqua Restaurant and Spa
AQUA Restaurant offers nothing but a fresh regional cuisine and various cultivated wines. The casual dining in an elegant waterfront setting.
Overlooking tranquil waters on the sound front, your bound to find complete peace at AQUA Spa on the Outer Banks. The expert service providers use only the highest quality organic products to help renew and relax you during the treatments to fulfill your individual needs.
Next is Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head:
Integration Massage & Bodywork Therapy
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.
Glazed & ConFused Glass
Choose a fused glass project from the many inspirational ideas on display. Start with a base then go to the glass wall and choose from the many colorful styles of glass from which to build your project. Leave your project with us to fire then pick it up in a few days. If you are leaving town they can even ship your piece for a small fee.
The Comedy Club of the Outer Banks
The Comedy Club of the Outer Banks invites you to join them for a wonderful evening of fun and laughter. The comedy shows are frequently listed as “OBX top 10 Things To Do this Week” for evening entertainment.
The Outer Banks only indoor, black light “3-D” mini golf 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.
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
A perfect place for full entertainment when the weather is a little off. 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 10pm until 1am 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.
Moving on to Manteo City:
Outer Banks Distilling
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.
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
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
(Currently closed for a short period of time due to renovations – reopening in March!)
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.
Finally all the way down south:
Frisco Native American Museum and Natural History Center
This year round Museum holds a collection of Native American artifacts from Hatteras Island as well as other American Indian Cultures. The Museum is a non-profit educational foundation that was founded in 1987. This natural history center’s purpose is for preserving Native American artifacts, art, and culture.
Teach’s Hole Blackbeard Exhibit and Pirate Specialty Shop was established on Ocracoke Island in 1992. The Pirate Specialty Shop offers over one thousand items that relate to piracy. The exhibit features a life-size recreation of Blackbeard. There is also a short documentary about Blackbeard’s life and death here which took place on Ocracoke Island North Carolina.