Outer Banks Attractions

Fun Things to Do in Kitty Hawk

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You’ll find plenty of Outer Banks activities and attractions in and around the beautiful areas surrounding the oceanfront Hilton Garden Inn Outer Banks in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

See the Lost Colony, where the first permanent English settlement was almost established. Enjoy a guided hike at Jockey’s Ridge State Park or explore marine life at the North Carolina Aquarium. Discover the ocean’s edge at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, or plunge into outdoor water activities like fishing, scuba diving, canoeing, surfing, sailing and more.

Have some fun visiting the unique shops scattered along our Outer Banks shoreline. With everything from outlet malls to fashionable boutiques, you’re sure to find something special. Our staff is happy to recommend the best shopping spots.

Whether it’s enjoying challenging outdoor activities, strolling through historic sites or exploring local wildlife, there’s something for everyone on the Outer Banks.

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  • Cape Hatteras National Seashore distance:15 miles

    With 70 miles of uninhabited beaches, sand dunes, marshes and woodlands, Hatteras Island offers plenty to explore. Built in 1879, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is the tallest in the U.S. and was recently relocated back from the beach. Open April through October, you’ll also find Bodie Island Lighthouse and Pea Island Welcome Center located here.

    With 70 miles of uninhabited beaches, sand dunes, marshes and woodlands, Hatteras Island offers plenty to explore. Built in 1879, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is the tallest in the U.S. and was recently relocated back from the beach. Open April through October, you’ll also find Bodie Island Lighthouse and Pea Island Welcome Center located here.

  • The Elizabethan Gardens distance:23.5 miles

    Located in the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and open year-round, The Elizabethan Gardens are composed of 10 acres of 16th Century-style gardens with beautifully landscaped paths, bordered by flowers, foliage and priceless antique statuary.

    Located in the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and open year-round, The Elizabethan Gardens are composed of 10 acres of 16th Century-style gardens with beautifully landscaped paths, bordered by flowers, foliage and priceless antique statuary.

  • Jockey’s Ridge State Park distance:23.4 miles

    Jockey’s Ridge State Park offers plenty activities for all ages. Take a guided hike and discover the tallest sand dune on the East Coast. The world's largest hang gliding school makes its home here. The park is open every day except Christmas and does not charge any admission, parking or program fees.

    Jockey’s Ridge State Park offers plenty activities for all ages. Take a guided hike and discover the tallest sand dune on the East Coast. The world's largest hang gliding school makes its home here. The park is open every day except Christmas and does not charge any admission, parking or program fees.

  • The Lost Colony & Fort Raleigh National Historic Site distance:23.4 miles

    Performed mid-June through late August, The Lost Colony is America's first and longest-running outdoor drama. This play tells the story of the unsolved mystery surrounding the first English colonists' struggles to settle the New World. Come early and tour the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, where Sir Walter Raleigh's explorers and colonists attempted to establish the first permanent English settlement in the New World. Open year-round.

    Performed mid-June through late August, The Lost Colony is America's first and longest-running outdoor drama. This play tells the story of the unsolved mystery surrounding the first English colonists' struggles to settle the New World. Come early and tour the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, where Sir Walter Raleigh's explorers and colonists attempted to establish the first permanent English settlement in the New World. Open year-round.

  • Roanoke Island Festival Park distance:20.6 miles

    Located across from the Manteo Waterfront, explore the 69-foot, square-rigged sailing ship Elizabeth II. This replica was fashioned after the ships that transported colonists to Roanoke Island in the 16th Century. See historical and cultural sights in the 8,500-square-foot exhibit hall, then venture outside to the outdoor pavilion, where live concerts are staged throughout the summer. Enjoy the park year-round.

    Located across from the Manteo Waterfront, explore the 69-foot, square-rigged sailing ship Elizabeth II. This replica was fashioned after the ships that transported colonists to Roanoke Island in the 16th Century. See historical and cultural sights in the 8,500-square-foot exhibit hall, then venture outside to the outdoor pavilion, where live concerts are staged throughout the summer. Enjoy the park year-round.

  • Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve distance:8.8 miles

    Enjoy a day outdoors in this 1,000-acre maritime forest. Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve is filled with hiking trails, sand dunes, ponds, marshes, wetlands and opportunities for bird watching. Open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

    Enjoy a day outdoors in this 1,000-acre maritime forest. Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve is filled with hiking trails, sand dunes, ponds, marshes, wetlands and opportunities for bird watching. Open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

  • Other Activities

    There’s always something fun to do near Hilton Garden Inn Outer Banks/Kitty Hawk. Try hang gliding, golf, tennis, wind surfing, kayaking, scuba diving, air tours, canoeing, scenic boat tours, sailing, surf fishing, charter boat fishing, exploring old shipwrecks and strolling the lovely unspoiled beaches. Fishing is allowed from three local piers (24 hours a day, in season), or simply cast your line from the beach. You can also visit some or all of the nearby lighthouses, and take home photos of their solitary beauty.

    There’s always something fun to do near Hilton Garden Inn Outer Banks/Kitty Hawk. Try hang gliding, golf, tennis, wind surfing, kayaking, scuba diving, air tours, canoeing, scenic boat tours, sailing, surf fishing, charter boat fishing, exploring old shipwrecks and strolling the lovely unspoiled beaches. Fishing is allowed from three local piers (24 hours a day, in season), or simply cast your line from the beach. You can also visit some or all of the nearby lighthouses, and take home photos of their solitary beauty.

  • Wright Brothers Memorial

    No visit to Kitty Hawk is complete without a trip to the birthplace of aviation. The Wright Brothers Memorial features exhibits, full-scale replicas of gliders, the 1903 flying machine and an excellent oral interpretation of the history leading up to the first flight. Open year-round.

    No visit to Kitty Hawk is complete without a trip to the birthplace of aviation. The Wright Brothers Memorial features exhibits, full-scale replicas of gliders, the 1903 flying machine and an excellent oral interpretation of the history leading up to the first flight. Open year-round.

  • North Carolina Aquarium distance:23.6 miles

    This 68,000-square-foot aquarium on Roanoke Island is home to alligators, various species of turtles, fish, North American river otters and the largest collection of sharks in the state. Don’t miss the sea turtle exhibit in the aquarium’s new, 3,000-square-foot Sea Turtle Assistance and Rehabilitation (STAR) Center.

    This 68,000-square-foot aquarium on Roanoke Island is home to alligators, various species of turtles, fish, North American river otters and the largest collection of sharks in the state. Don’t miss the sea turtle exhibit in the aquarium’s new, 3,000-square-foot Sea Turtle Assistance and Rehabilitation (STAR) Center.

  • Oregon Inlet Fishing Center

    Observe one of the largest fleets of sports fishing boats on the mid-Atlantic Coast at the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center. In season, boats return to port between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. with daily catches. The inlet is a major departure point for charter fishing trips.

    Observe one of the largest fleets of sports fishing boats on the mid-Atlantic Coast at the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center. In season, boats return to port between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. with daily catches. The inlet is a major departure point for charter fishing trips.

Wright Brothers Memorial

No visit to Kitty Hawk is complete without a trip to the birthplace of aviation. The Wright Brothers Memorial features exhibits, full-scale replicas of gliders, the 1903 flying machine and an excellent oral interpretation of the history leading up to the first flight. Open year-round.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore

distance: 15 miles

With 70 miles of uninhabited beaches, sand dunes, marshes and woodlands, Hatteras Island offers plenty to explore. Built in 1879, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is the tallest in the U.S. and was recently relocated back from the beach. Open April through October, you’ll also find Bodie Island Lighthouse and Pea Island Welcome Center located here

The Elizabethan Gardens

distance: 23.5 miles

Located in the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and open year-round, The Elizabethan Gardens are composed of 10 acres of 16th Century-style gardens with beautifully landscaped paths, bordered by flowers, foliage and priceless antique statuary.

Jockey’s Ridge State Park

distance: 23.4 miles

Jockey’s Ridge State Park offers plenty activities for all ages. Take a guided hike and discover the tallest sand dune on the East Coast. The world's largest hang gliding school makes its home here. The park is open every day except Christmas and does not charge any admission, parking or program fees.

The Lost Colony & Fort Raleigh National Historic Site

distance: 23.4 miles

Performed mid-June through late August, The Lost Colony is America's first and longest-running outdoor drama. This play tells the story of the unsolved mystery surrounding the first English colonists' struggles to settle the New World. Come early and tour the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, where Sir Walter Raleigh's explorers and colonists attempted to establish the first permanent English settlement in the New World. Open year-round.

Roanoke Island Festival Park

distance: 20.6 miles

Located across from the Manteo Waterfront, explore the 69-foot, square-rigged sailing ship Elizabeth II. This replica was fashioned after the ships that transported colonists to Roanoke Island in the 16th Century. See historical and cultural sights in the 8,500-square-foot exhibit hall, then venture outside to the outdoor pavilion, where live concerts are staged throughout the summer. Enjoy the park year-round.

North Carolina Aquarium

distance: 23.6 miles

This 68,000-square-foot aquarium on Roanoke Island is home to alligators, various species of turtles, fish, North American river otters and the largest collection of sharks in the state. Don’t miss the sea turtle exhibit in the aquarium’s new, 3,000-square-foot Sea Turtle Assistance and Rehabilitation (STAR) Center.

Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve

distance: 8.8 miles

Enjoy a day outdoors in this 1,000-acre maritime forest. Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve is filled with hiking trails, sand dunes, ponds, marshes, wetlands and opportunities for bird watching. Open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Oregon Inlet Fishing Center

Observe one of the largest fleets of sports fishing boats on the mid-Atlantic Coast at the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center. In season, boats return to port between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. with daily catches. The inlet is a major departure point for charter fishing trips.

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5353 N. Virginia Dare Trail, Kitty Hawk,
North Carolina, USA 27949

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