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 

Charter Boats on the Outer Banks

Charter fishing on the Outer Banks is one of the most popular activities. Thousands of visitors and locals take advantage of the excellent fishing these waters offer, so not surprisingly there are many businesses that can connect you with the sort of charter you're interested in. Without a doubt, the offshore charter boats that go after the Gulf Stream big game of tuna, wahoo, mahi... read more

Charter fishing on the Outer Banks is one of the most popular activities. Thousands of... read more

Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station

Hatteras Thing To Do
27968 N.C. Highway 12, Rodanthe
(252) 987-1552

The Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station is the nation’s largest and most complete existing example of the life-saving stations that were built along the Atlantic coast in the late 19th century to attend to shipwrecks and to rescue survivors. The 1874 Station was the first operational U.S. Life-Saving Service station built in North Carolina, serving until 1954. Chicamacomico has been partially restored, thanks to numerous volunteers who... read more

The Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station is the nation’s largest and most complete existing example of the... read more

Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum

Hatteras Thing To Do
59200 Museum Drive, Hatteras village
(252) 986-0720

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

At the end of N.C. Highway 12 just past the ferry docks, Graveyard of the... read more

Hatteras Island Boardsports

Hatteras Thing To Do
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 Island Boardsports rents kayaks, surfboards, paddleboards, body boards, skim boards and wetsuits, and delivery... read more

Hatteras Parasail and Watersports

Hatteras Thing To Do
57878 N.C. Highway 12, Oden's Dock, Hatteras Village
(252) 986-2627

There’s nothing like a bird’s-eye view of the Pamlico Sound to lift your spirits. Hatteras Parasail can take you hundreds of feet above the islands for a view you won’t forget. Parasailing can be done as singles, tandems or triples. This family-owned company has been operating for more than 20 years. They also rent Waverunners that carry up to three people and offer boat rentals... read more

There’s nothing like a bird’s-eye view of the Pamlico Sound to lift your spirits. Hatteras... read more

Kinnakeet Guide Service

Hatteras Thing To Do
41076 N.C. Highway 12, Avon
(252) 986-5250

Kinnakeet Guide Service offers fishing and hunting trips, and one of their most popular offerings is inshore and offshore kayak fishing, which is exploding in popularity on the Outer Banks. In a fleet of top-of-the-line Jackson and Kaku kayaks with all top-grade tackle and equipment, the experienced guides offer full or half day trips and expert instruction for up to five anglers. Depending on the... read more

Kinnakeet Guide Service offers fishing and hunting trips, and one of their most popular offerings... read more

Kitty Hawk Kites

Hatteras Thing To Do
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
785-L 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 Kites specializes in kites, from the single-lines for kids to high-tech stunt varieties.... read more

Kitty Hawk Surf Co.

Hatteras Thing To Do
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... read more

Ready for some action? Kitty Hawk Surf Co. has everything you need to... read more

Waves Village Watersports Resort

Hatteras Thing To Do
24502 N.C. Highway 12, Rodanthe
(252) 987-2297
(252) 441-4124

Kitty Hawk Kites’ Waves Village Watersports Resort is an all-in-one, one-stop shop for watersports fun. Take kiteboarding lessons with some of the top teachers on the Outer Banks, rent kiteboarding equipment or participate in a host of other activities like standup paddleboarding and kayaking. Waves Village’s launch site is free and open to the public, not just to customers. The center is on the sound,... read more

Kitty Hawk Kites’ Waves Village Watersports Resort is an all-in-one, one-stop shop for watersports fun.... read more