Our Top Picks
Publix on First Street
Food Lion on Third Street
Harris Teeter off of 8th Street
Best Coffee Shops
Three great local shops to try! Front Porch Cafe (milepost 6), Morning View (milepost 10 ¾) and Ashley’s Espresso Parlour (milepost 5.5)
Best Sunday Brunch
Fancier (but not too fancy) – Salt Box Cafe in Colington and Laid back – Chili Peppers milepost 5.5 on the bypass
Best Daily Breakfast
Beachside Bistro – breakfast on the beach just off 3rd St. (attached to Sea Ranch Resort).
Goombay’s – off 1st St. on beach road
Blue Moon Beach Grill – Mahi Mahi BLT
Kill Devil Grill – Check the specials board, everything is delicious
Mama Kwan’s – Yummy fish tacos
The Black Pelican – Great for large groups and looks out at the ocean
Coastal Provisions – upscale seafood market and wine bar
The Outer Banks Brewing Station – corn hole and backyard playground for the kids with service outside during the summer
Chili Peppers Coastal Grill – close and never disappoints
Art’s Place – Year round locals favorite
Salt Box Cafe – off the tourist radar and amazing
Bonzer Shack – laid back beach grill with outside games and tables
Sal’s New York Pizza – dine-in, delivery, and pick up until late – also has small arcade
Sanya Japanese restaurant
Bad Bean Baja Grill – Tex-Mex
Greentails – local seafood, limited hours so check they are open before you go
Date Night Restaurants
TRIO Wine Beer & Cheese
JK’s Restaurant – Steaks, ribs and seafood
Ocean Boulevard Bistro & Martini Bar
Welcome to the beach! Most of the good restaurants out here will have at least a few specialty fish items. Some favorites: Blue Moon, Coastal Provisions, I Got Your Crabs
Best Bar to Watch the Waves
Fish Heads – on Outer Banks fishing pier in South Nags Head, a bit farther but a personal favorite, Open April to November
Best Delivery Options
Country Deli (will deliver to a beach access!)
Pok’s Art – Asian Fusion
So many good places to go! Our personal favorites:
Kill Devil Custard
For amazing donuts go to Duck Donuts. Be prepared to wait during peak season. But absolutely delicious.
Fresh Local Seafood to cook at home
O’Neals in Wanchese and Billy’s Seafood in Colington
Best Little Beach Shop
Stop N Shop on the beach road off Ocean Bay Blvd across from KDH LifeSaving Station. Boars Head Deli, fishing tackle, beach supplies, wine and beer, and Exxon gas. A little bit of everything.
Nags Head – Dowdy Park the 2nd and 4th Thursdays from June to September 9 – 1
Manteo – Downtown waterfront Saturdays 8am – 12noon May to October
Wanchese – most legit farmers market around, Saturday 8-12 and Wednesday 10-1 May to November
Playgrounds for the youngsters
Hayman Park – West side of the bypass on Hayman Street
Dowdy Park – off Bonnett Street in Nags Head
Rec Center Park – behind Outer Banks Brew Station – turn at the tennis courts
Barnes Street Park – West of the bypass on Barnes St.
BONUS: Backyard of the Outer Banks Brewing Station – has food and drinks for everyone too!
Skateparks for the bigger kids
Behind the YMCA on Bonnett Street
Aviation Skate Park – Also has a playground for younger kids.
Kitty Hawk Skate Park – off Kitty Hawk Rd nestled in the woods
In the Woods
Nags Head Woods – Fun trails of varying lengths, head West on Ocean Acres Dr. Great place to go if the beach is too windy, but bring bug spray. Roanoke Trail leads to a quiet beach on the sound.
Disc Golf Course – Off of Veterans Drive behind the football stadium of the high school. At football field bare right onto gravel road to parking area of disc golf course.
Indoor fun for the family
Aquarium – in Manteo. Great for a day off the beach but can be very busy on rainy days in the summer. Don’t miss the STAR center (Sea Turtle Assistance and Rehabilitation)
Jumpmasters Trampoline Park – in Manteo.
YMCA – Offers daily or weekly passes for out of town guests. Discounted prices for YMCA members
Best places to watch sunset
Close by: Hayman Street & Bay Drive sound side public pier or 3rd street gazebo off Bay Drive
A little further South: Top of Jockey’s Ridge
Best place to watch sunrise
Front porch of the Dancing Dolphin!
Any beach access
If you are visiting on a First Friday from April to December, don’t miss the family friendly street festival in Manteo’s historic downtown from 6-8pm
For a better selection of wine and beer, go to Chip’s Beer and Wine at Milepost 6. For convenience, try a drive thru Brew Thru (milepost 5.5 is the closest). Only ABC Liquors sell Liquor.
Avalon Pier – Milepost 6. Closest, has arcade and rentals.
Nags Head Pier – Milepost 11.5. Restaurant and bar on the pier in addition to tackle shop
Jeannette’s Pier – Milepost 16.5. Big and modern, family friendly and part of the NC Aquarium
Outer Banks Pier – Milepost 18.5. Tackle shop and home to our favorite beachside bar and restaurant, Fish Heads.
Beach etiquette – be loved by locals!
Please be considerate of the beautiful beaches, don’t leave trash, cigarette butts or beach equipment behind.
Don’t play on the sand dunes, they protect our sand bar and nesting sea turtles.
Please keep your distance from wild animals (wild horses, sea turtles, seals, dolphins, etc.) Take lots of pictures!
Report all nesting turtles, turtle crawls, stranded/dead turtles or other marine animals or hatching events on the Outer Banks to the N.E.S.T Hotline 252-441-8622
Don’t forget to check out the Wright Brothers’ Memorial and Historic Lighthouses!