Things to Do in Hatteras, NC

Hatteras Island’s recreation offerings are a magnet for people who love sporting by the sea: surfing, windsurfing, kiteboarding, 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 everything 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 involve 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 

Stretching about 600 feet into the Atlantic Ocean, Avon Fishing Pier opened its doors in 1963 and was the final pier to be built on Hatteras Island. It’ more

Avon Harbor Sailing offers day sailing, sailing lessons, sunset cruises and private charters. You can explore the beautiful Pamlico Sound in a new more

South of the Tri-Villages, past a sizable stretch of undeveloped Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Avon, NC, is considered the largest and busiest of more

The Outer Banks is one of the few coastal places where you can actually drive on the beach. The beaches north of Corolla (aka Carova, home of the more

This family-owned and -operated gem can now be found right on the sound, just across the street from the old location, in the same building as Austin' more

Beads & Grinds is a house of coffee and creativity in the heart of Buxton. They have all the coffee and espresso drinks you could want, plus they more

Bermuda Triangle OBX is a certified dive center on Hatteras Island, as close as you can get to the wrecks of the Graveyard of the Atlantic. Their scuba more

Billy Mitchell Airport is a public use airstrip in Frisco. It is in Cape Hatteras National Seashore and owned by the National Park Service. Private more

Hatteras Village is the offshore fishing capital of the Outer Banks. Big-game marlin fishing began here in the 1930s. To see a blue marlin (one that's more