Hatteras Things To Do

Every Hatteras Island Thing to Do

Hatteras Island’s recreation is a magnet for people who love sporting by the sea: surfing, windsurfing, kite boarding, standup paddleboarding, sport fishing, bird watching, scuba diving, canoeing, kayaking, camping and roaming the miles of Outer Banks beaches. For a yearly vacation, you'll never run out of Hatteras Island things to do.

The active crowd loves participating in Cape Hatteras’ recreation offerings for a number of reasons — mild temperatures for about 10 months of the year, abundant and accessible ocean and sound beaches, numerous outfitters catering to the various activities and the very laid-back lifestyle. Most important to Hatteras Island things to do and the outdoorsy personality, however, is Cape Hatteras National Seashore, a 72-mile park that includes parts of Bodie, Hatteras and Ocracoke islands and is left in its almost completely natural state. The National Seashore offers undeveloped ocean and sound beaches where eco-friendly outdoor recreation is encouraged and wildlife can be seen in its natural habitat.

In the seven Hatteras Island villages — Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras Village —you’ll find many Hatteras Island recreation outfitters offering all the gear, rentals and lessons you’ll need to get out there and enjoy the great outdoors, barrier island style. The villages also offer other recreational opportunities, like mini-golf, movies and bike rentals.

Just a note: Lots of people refer to this entire area as Cape Hatteras. Others call it Hatteras Island. It’s one and the same in the generalized way of thinking about it. So Cape Hatteras things to do are the same as Hatteras things to do. Tomaaato, tomoooto.

Hatteras Island Things to Do by Location or Category

Rodanthe, Waves & Salvo | Avon | Buxton & Frisco | Hatteras Village 

Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum

59200 Museum Drive, Hatteras Village
(252) 986-2995

At the end of N.C. Highway 12 just past the ferry docks, Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum attracts a lot of attention with its ship-like building, porthole windows and curved timbers. One of three North Carolina Maritime Museums operated by the North Carolina Division of Cultural Resources, the museum focuses on the maritime history and shipwrecks of North Carolina’s Outer Banks, often called the Graveyard... read more

Hatteras Island Boardsports

41056 N.C. Highway 12, Avon
(252) 995-6160

Hatteras Island Boardsports rents kayaks, surfboards, paddleboards, body boards, skim boards and wetsuits, and delivery is available. You can also take group or private surfing lessons. Their shop has more than 5,000 square feet packed with swimwear, apparel and accessories for men, women and kids. Some brand names you’ll find here include Billabong, Quiksilver, Volcom, Roxy, O’Neill, Rip Curl and RVCA, along with surfboards... read more

Hatteras Watersports

27130 N.C. Highway 12, Salvo
(252) 987-2306

Located on the sound in Salvo, Hatteras Watersports is a family-owned business that’s celebrating it’s 30th year of providing watersports fun to Hatteras Islanders. Yamaha four-stroke Waverunners and Jet skis are right on site. They also rent flatwater and ocean kayaks, as well as standup paddleboards, which you can launch here or take to your own location. Hobie Wave 14-foot sailboats are available for rent... read more

Island Cruisers

26248 N.C. Highway 12, Salvo
(252) 987-2097

Celebrating their 11th year in business, Island Cruisers offers a wide variety of car rentals on Hatteras Island, including four-wheel-drive vehicles such as Jeep Wranglers, Cherokees and Chevy Suburbans for both beach and road cruising. They also have regular two-wheel-drive car rentals ranging from econo-size to mid-size to full-size vehicles. These vehicles can be used for sightseeing all over the Outer Banks, not just Hatteras Island. You... read more

Kitty Hawk Kites

58848 Hatteras Landing, Hatteras Village
(252) 986-1446
39432 N.C. Highway 12, Island Shops, Avon
(252) 995-6060
24502 N.C. Highway 12, Waves Village, Rodanthe
(252) 987-2297
785L Sunset Boulevard, TimBuck II Shopping Village, Corolla
(252) 453-8845
819 Ocean Trail, Monteray Plaza, Corolla
(252) 453-3685
1216 Duck Road, Wee Winks Square, Duck
(252) 261-4450
3933 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 12.5, Nags Head
(252) 449-2210
307 Queen Elizabeth Avenue, Manteo
(252) 473-2357
(877) 359-8447

Kitty Hawk Kites specializes in kites, from the single-lines for kids to high-tech stunt varieties. The stores also sell fun things like flags, toys, boomerangs and games. You’ll find the Outer Banks’ largest selection of beach sportswear and footwear from Crocs, Sanuk, Chaco, Southern Fried and Life is Good apparel, the coolest selection of t-shirts, sweatshirts, outdoor clothing, sunglasses, sandals and more. KHK stores also... read more

Kitty Hawk Surf Co.

24502 N.C. Highway 12, Waves Village, Rodanthe
(252) 987-2297
819 Ocean Trail, Monterey Plaza, Corolla
(252) 453-3685
785L Sunset Boulevard, TimBuck II Shopping Village, Corolla
(252) 453-4999
1216 Duck Road, Wee Winks Square, Duck
(252) 261-8787
3933 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 12.5, Nags Head
(252) 441-6800

Ready for some action? Kitty Hawk Surf Co. has everything you need to enjoy all the Outer Banks has to offer – from the wind to waves to flat water. At Kitty Hawk Surf Co. you can find a huge selection of new and used kayaks, kayaking equipment, standup paddleboards, surfboards, Zap skim boards, wetsuits and more. You can also find one of the best... read more

Moneysworth Beach Equipment and Linen Rentals

947 W. Kitty Hawk Road, Kitty Hawk
(252) 261-6999
26200 W. Vista Drive, Waves
(252) 987-1002
(800) 833-5233

Rent a kayak for paddling in the ocean or sound. Moneysworth rents single and tandem ocean-style kayaks. Stand-up paddleboards, bodyboards and surfboards are also available. Or, if biking is your pleasure, you won't have to lug your bicycle all the way to the beach on your vacation when you can rent one from Moneysworth. They have bicycles for adults and children, and they even have... read more

Studio 12

41008 N.C. Highway 12, Avon
(252) 995-7899

Visit Studio 12 in their new location! Walk in any time to paint pottery or do mosaics, or sign up for one of many art classes offered from glass fusion to canvas painting. You can enjoy a latte or smoothie from the coffee shop while you shop the gallery filled with local art that includes wheel-thrown pottery, hand-crafted tiles, painting, glass fusion and jewelry. More than 50%... read more