Jeannette's Pier

Visiting the Outer Banks of North Carolina During the Off-Season

Sometimes off-season can be the best time to visit destinations. While it may be a little cooler right now and you can't get into the water, you still can have fun in the Outer Banks. The chain of barrier islands located in eastern North Carolina still has much to do and see, like…

  1. Check out the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devils Hill. The monument sits on top of the hill (accessible by a path), the same one where the brothers conducted many of their glider test from. The markers in the field show the landing spots of the four flights. Inside the visitors center's museum, you can see a full-scale reproduction of both the 1902 glider and 1903 flying machine, and more.
  2. Walk along the boardwalk toward the dune at Jockey's Ridge State Park . Home to the tallest natural sand dune system on the East Coast, it is always changing. Walk up to the top (if you can make it; remember you are walking on sand and it's windy) to enjoy the sweeping view. The park is also known for hang gliding (lessons available from Kitty Hawk Kites  located at the park), kiting and seasonal sand-boarding.
  3. Built it, and they'll come to fish off it. Jennette's Pier in Nags Head opened in 1939 and as 754-feet long and 16-feet wide. Throughout the many years, it took a beating from hurricanes and the environment, and was repaired and rebuilt. That is until September 2003, when Hurricane Isabel removed a substantial part of the pier. The new owners, North Carolina Aquarium Society decided to rebuild it as an all-concrete, 1,000-foot-long, educational ocean pier that still welcomes fishermen. A distinct feature on the pier is the wind turbines. Be sure to view the aquarium tank inside the rental/gift shop.
  4. Bodie Island LighthouseDedicate a half-day to a day exploring Cape Hatteras National Seashore. The first designated national seashore in the country, the 70-mile stretch extends from Bodie Island to Ocracoke Island. Not only can you enjoy the outdoors, but also small beach towns along the seashore. Mind the signs so that you don't miss out on such sites as Bodie Island Lighthouse, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge and others.
  5. This part of the Atlantic is said to have one of the highest volumes of shipwrecks The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum  in Hatteras highlights the history of the shipwrecks as well as various artifacts recovered from them. The museum also details maritime history in the area as well.
  6. Exploring the Outer Banks can build an appetizer. When it's time to eat, check out such places as I Got Your Crabs Shellfish and Oyster Market in Kitty Hawk, Outer Banks Brewing Station in Kill Devils Hill,  O'Neal's SeaHarvest in Wanchese and Capt'n Rolos Raw Bar and Grill in Frisco. Don't leave the island without getting a donut or two from Duck's Donuts  in Kill Devil Hills.
Jockey ridge State Park