Things to Do in Hatteras, NC

Hatteras Island’s recreation offerings are 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 vacation destination that you can visit any time of year, the things to do in Hatteras, NC, will not run out.

The active crowd loves participating in the things to do in Cape Hatteras for a number of reasons – pleasant temperatures for about 10 months of the year, abundant and accessible beaches at the ocean and sound, numerous outfitters catering to the practically every thing to do in Hatteras, NC, and the very laid-back lifestyle. Most important to the things to do in Hatteras, NC, and the outdoorsy personality of the island, however, is Cape Hatteras National Seashore. This 72-mile national park is a sight to behold. It includes parts of Bodie, Hatteras and Ocracoke islands and is left in its complete near-natural state. The National Seashore offers undeveloped ocean and sound beaches where eco-friendly outdoor things to do in Cape Hatteras are plentiful and often involves up-close glimpses of wildlife in their natural habitats.

Where to Find Things to Do in Hatteras, NC

In the seven Hatteras Island villages – RodantheWavesSalvoAvonBuxtonFrisco 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 outdoor things to do in Hatteras, NC, barrier island style. The villages also offer other recreational opportunities, like mini-golf, movies and bike rentals.

And a note in case we confused you with our repeated references to Hatteras Island and Cape Hatteras: They’re the same thing! Lots of people refer to this entire area as Cape Hatteras. Others call it Hatteras Island. So keep in mind that the Cape Hatteras things to do are the same as Hatteras things to do.

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
23645 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 culture 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 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 by Dewey Weber, Haydenshapes and Channel Island. If you need new sunglasses, Hatteras Island Boardsports has hundreds of styles from Costa, Oakley, Electric, Von Zipper and more.... read more

Hatteras Island Boardsports has more than 5,000 square feet packed with swimwear, apparel and accessories for... 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

Island Cycles & Sports

Hatteras Thing To Do
41074 N.C. Highway 12, Avon
(252) 995-4336

Cyclists will appreciate this full-service, family-owned bike shop that sells and rents bikes for the whole family, delivers rentals to your location, services and repairs cycles and sells cycling gear. Experienced mechanics do all repairs. Island Cycles is also in the watersports business, renting kayaks, stand up paddleboards, surfboards, skimboards, pedal boats and other fun stuff for the beach. In their shop they have summer... read more

Cyclists will appreciate this full-service, family-owned bike shop that sells and rents bikes for the... read more

Kitty Hawk Kites

Hatteras Thing To Do
58848 Hatteras Landing, Hatteras Landing, Hatteras
(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
794 Sunset Boulevard, TimBuck II Shopping Village, Corolla
(252) 453-8845
819 Ocean Trail, Monterey Plaza, Corolla
(252) 453-3685
1216 Duck Road, Wee Winks Square, Duck
(252) 261-4450
3933 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 12.5, Nags Head
(252) 449-2210
307 Queen Elizabeth Avenue, Manteo
(252) 473-2357
Community Square, 270 Irvin Garrish Highway, Ocracoke
(252) 928-4563
(877) 359-8447

Kitty Hawk Kites has been teaching the world to fly since 1974. With more than 10 retail locations from Corolla to Ocracoke, Kitty Hawk Kites boasts an impressive selection of kites, flags and spinners, toys, apparel, gifts and games on the Outer Banks. Kitty Hawk Kites specializes in kites, from the single-lines for kids to high-tech stunt varieties. The stores also sell fun outdoor goodies... read more

Kitty Hawk Kites has been teaching the world to fly since 1974. With more than... read more

Kitty Hawk Surf Co.

Hatteras Thing To Do
24502 N.C. Highway 12, Waves Village, Rodanthe
(252) 987-2297
790 Ocean Trail, 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 adventures. At Kitty Hawk Surf Co., you can find a huge selection of new and used kayaks, kayaking gear and equipment, standup paddleboards, surfboards, Zap skim boards, wetsuits and more. You can also find... 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

Nine luxury soundfront condominiums await travelers at Waves Village Watersports Resort in Rodanthe. Kiteboarders and watersports enthusiasts will find this to be an ideal Outer Banks accommodation, but even if watersports aren’t your thing, the condos at Waves Village are some of the finest, upscale accommodations on northern Hatteras Island. Each 1,600-foot, three-bedroom, three-bath condominium offers a private balcony with a hot tub and stunning... read more

Nine luxury soundfront condominiums await travelers at Waves Village Watersports Resort in Rodanthe. Kiteboarders and... read more