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Things to do in Nags Head

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
State / Provincial Park
“Jockey's Ridge State Park is a NC state park located in Nags Head. It covers a 427-acre area, and includes the tallest active sand dune system in the eastern United States. It is the most visited park within the NC park system. ”
  • 105 locals recommend
Outlet Mall
“Just over the bridge is an outlet mall that has a lot of chain stores that always seem to have sales going on.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Pier
“Super place to swim because of the great bath house, restrooms, snack and gift shop and free parking. We love to fish on the pier or just take an evening stroll. Surf contests are held in this location annually as well. ”
  • 31 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Seafood spot & bar that also serves Caribbean fare, burgers & sushi in casual digs with a porch.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Seafood & updated Southern comfort food in a cozy space with original artwork & a nautical theme.”
  • 41 locals recommend
Bar
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“A little further south - you'll need a ride - there is usually a good crowd.”
  • 41 locals recommend
Frozen Yogurt Shop
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“Great ice cream sandwiches - vegan, gluten free and make your own sundaes with a surf vibe. Fun for kids and adults.”
  • 32 locals recommend
Park
“Roanoke Island Festival Park is an interactive family attraction that celebrates the first English settlement in America. The centerpiece of the 25-acre island park, across from the Manteo NC waterfront, is the Elizabeth II, a representation of one of the seven English ships from the Roanoke Voyage of 1585. Climb aboard and help set the sails, plot your course and swab the decks! Visit the Settlement Site and try a straw and feather beds, woodworking, and games. See the blacksmith fashion his 16th century wares. Explore 400 years of history in the Adventure Museum, fun for all ages. See the Legend of Two-Path film and the American Indian Town. The Town features opportunities for guests to learn about the vital and vibrant culture, heritage, and traditions of the American Indians in our region. Enjoy the Fossil Pit, The Museum Store, Outer Banks History Center and marsh-side boardwalks that surround the site. Summer concerts can be heard in our Outdoor Pavilion. The Pavilion Stage is available for wedding and reception rentals and is equipped with theatrical lighting. Inside weather back-up locations are available for your event.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Cafe & bar serving locally caught seafood plus ample beer & wine lists in a waterfront setting.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Pier
“Great place for an Ocean view for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The food is good but the view is spectacular. Our favorite is lunch when we are on the beach. Salads my favorite with a nice cold beer.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Deli / Bodega
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“Great coffee and great people! Great place to have lunch and relax or grab an outlet and crank out a bit of work. They have a great "Make Your Own" sandwich for veggie lovers! Great bar with beers on tap as well!”
  • 19 locals recommend
Nature Preserve
“Experience a maritime forest while hiking trails in the woods and on the sound.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Park
“Climb to the top of the Jockeys Ridge sand dunes for amazing ocean views! This is a great spot for family photos. Jamie's family used to climb the dunes every year and the kids would roll back down. It's best to go in the evening when the sand is cooler. (If you have littles, be prepared to carry them - the dunes are taller than they look!) You can also take hang gliding lessons at Jockeys Ridge FUN FACT: If you're driving along HW 158 and see what looks like the top of a castle covered by sand peaking out of part of the sand dunes, you're not going crazy. It's an old mini golf corse that the dunes reclaimed!”
  • 18 locals recommend
Bar
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“Pool tables, beer, drink specials, oh and did we mention they serve pizza late! Awesome spot. Don't forget to grab an Uber or have a DD!”
  • 14 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“This iconic place for all the meals is always a stop for me. It's been around for years and years.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Seagreen has something for everyone. Its full of wonderful art, recycled pieces made into wonderful renewed works, and refurbished goods with a new element and flair. Make sure you visit the backyard where you will find chickens and rabbits among regular items transformed into an amazing backyard landscape. We highly suggest you take a peek, it’s our favorite place in the Outer Banks. ”
  • 18 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Seafood Restaurant
“Seafood spot & bar that also serves Caribbean fare, burgers & sushi in casual digs with a porch.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Seafood & updated Southern comfort food in a cozy space with original artwork & a nautical theme.”
  • 41 locals recommend
Bar
“A little further south - you'll need a ride - there is usually a good crowd.”
  • 41 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Cafe & bar serving locally caught seafood plus ample beer & wine lists in a waterfront setting.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Pier
“Great place for an Ocean view for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The food is good but the view is spectacular. Our favorite is lunch when we are on the beach. Salads my favorite with a nice cold beer.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Deli / Bodega
“Great coffee and great people! Great place to have lunch and relax or grab an outlet and crank out a bit of work. They have a great "Make Your Own" sandwich for veggie lovers! Great bar with beers on tap as well!”
  • 19 locals recommend
Bar
“Pool tables, beer, drink specials, oh and did we mention they serve pizza late! Awesome spot. Don't forget to grab an Uber or have a DD!”
  • 14 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“This iconic place for all the meals is always a stop for me. It's been around for years and years.”
  • 20 locals recommend

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