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Things to do in Nags Head

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
State / Provincial Park
“A sunset you'll never forget! The view is unbeatable from the top, but if you're feeling sluggish, keep driving to just south of the Dune- take a right on Soundside Drive. At the end on the right, there's a small parking area on the sound where you can dip your toes in the water and take in the sunset (But AGAIN- the view is worth it from the top!) ”
  • 107 locals recommend
Outlet Mall
“Just over the bridge is an outlet mall that has a lot of chain stores that always seem to have sales going on.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Pier
“A good day at the beach if you want to try out an access other than our own. Food is available nearby (See Connor’s Market, Sam & Omies or Dune Burger!) Fun to walk out to the end of the pier, especially in the evening. ”
  • 35 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Easier to get in to Tortugas during the off-season, if you are going during the summer months plan to go early, like 4:30 or 5 PM! (Or plan to wait!) Tortugas is small but mighty! Local seafood! ”
  • 38 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Seafood & updated Southern comfort food in a cozy space with original artwork & a nautical theme.”
  • 41 locals recommend
Bar
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“at the OBX fishing pier: happy hour, live music, bar, restaurant. About a half mile walk on the bike path or on the beach”
  • 43 locals recommend
Frozen Yogurt Shop
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“Great ice cream sandwiches - vegan, gluten free and make your own sundaes with a surf vibe. Fun for kids and adults.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Park
“Roanoke Island Festival Park is an interactive family attraction that celebrates the first English settlement in America. The centerpiece of the 25-acre island park, across from the Manteo NC waterfront, is the Elizabeth II, a representation of one of the seven English ships from the Roanoke Voyage of 1585. Climb aboard and help set the sails, plot your course and swab the decks! Visit the Settlement Site and try a straw and feather beds, woodworking, and games. See the blacksmith fashion his 16th century wares. Explore 400 years of history in the Adventure Museum, fun for all ages. See the Legend of Two-Path film and the American Indian Town. The Town features opportunities for guests to learn about the vital and vibrant culture, heritage, and traditions of the American Indians in our region. Enjoy the Fossil Pit, The Museum Store, Outer Banks History Center and marsh-side boardwalks that surround the site. Summer concerts can be heard in our Outdoor Pavilion. The Pavilion Stage is available for wedding and reception rentals and is equipped with theatrical lighting. Inside weather back-up locations are available for your event.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Cafe & bar serving locally caught seafood plus ample beer & wine lists in a waterfront setting.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Pier
“Great place for an Ocean view for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The food is good but the view is spectacular. Our favorite is lunch when we are on the beach. Salads my favorite with a nice cold beer.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Deli / Bodega
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“One of our favorites, a local hot spot! Great sandwiches & coffee plus a good beer & wine selection. Hit them up for breakfast or lunch! One of our favorite daytime spots! I get the Bud bagel and Derik usually gets the Chuck sandwich. Yum!”
  • 20 locals recommend
Nature Preserve
“Experience a maritime forest while hiking trails in the woods and on the sound.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Park
“Climb to the top of the Jockeys Ridge sand dunes for amazing ocean views! This is a great spot for family photos. Jamie's family used to climb the dunes every year and the kids would roll back down. It's best to go in the evening when the sand is cooler. (If you have littles, be prepared to carry them - the dunes are taller than they look!) You can also take hang gliding lessons at Jockeys Ridge FUN FACT: If you're driving along HW 158 and see what looks like the top of a castle covered by sand peaking out of part of the sand dunes, you're not going crazy. It's an old mini golf corse that the dunes reclaimed!”
  • 20 locals recommend
Bar
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“Actually, Lucky’s has decent food & pizza too (they serve pizza until 2am). Huge beer selection on tap. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Pretty sure the same people have been working here for the last 30 years… Friendly staff, diner style food, breakfast, fried standards, etc. ”
  • 21 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Lots of fun & funky treasures from all over the world- plus local art as well. Jam packed full of goodies. Make sure to visit the bunnies & chickens out back! (There is now a Seagreen Gallery in Duck as well)”
  • 18 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Seafood Restaurant
“Easier to get in to Tortugas during the off-season, if you are going during the summer months plan to go early, like 4:30 or 5 PM! (Or plan to wait!) Tortugas is small but mighty! Local seafood! ”
  • 38 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Seafood & updated Southern comfort food in a cozy space with original artwork & a nautical theme.”
  • 41 locals recommend
Bar
“at the OBX fishing pier: happy hour, live music, bar, restaurant. About a half mile walk on the bike path or on the beach”
  • 43 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Cafe & bar serving locally caught seafood plus ample beer & wine lists in a waterfront setting.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Pier
“Great place for an Ocean view for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The food is good but the view is spectacular. Our favorite is lunch when we are on the beach. Salads my favorite with a nice cold beer.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Deli / Bodega
“One of our favorites, a local hot spot! Great sandwiches & coffee plus a good beer & wine selection. Hit them up for breakfast or lunch! One of our favorite daytime spots! I get the Bud bagel and Derik usually gets the Chuck sandwich. Yum!”
  • 20 locals recommend
Bar
“Actually, Lucky’s has decent food & pizza too (they serve pizza until 2am). Huge beer selection on tap. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Pretty sure the same people have been working here for the last 30 years… Friendly staff, diner style food, breakfast, fried standards, etc. ”
  • 21 locals recommend

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