May 12, 2022

Rainy Day Activities

Activities to Stay Dry

The weather on the Outer Banks can change suddenly. While we are known for our sunny beaches, we’re also no stranger to rain. No matter the weather, there is still plenty to do! Take a look!

1. Shopping

Kitty Hawk Kites store at Hatteras landing in the Outer Banks

When it rains it pours here on the Outer Banks. One way to spend your rainy day is to get all your vacation shopping out of the way. Whether that is grocery shopping or souvenir shopping, rainy days are the time to knock out your indoor activities. Kitty Hawk Kites has locations all over the outer banks. Shop the store closest to your rental HERE.

2. Pioneer Theatre

Feeling a movie day? Support the oldest, family-owned theater on the east coast, The Pioneer Theatre. This theater is in downtown Manteo, tickets are $7, and concessions are $2. Visit their Facebook page to see what is being shown during your visit. This week you can see Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. See you there!

3. 4×4 in Carova

Beach in sideview mirror of 4x4 vehicle

Another wonderful way to stay dry but still experience the Outer Banks is a self-guided 4×4 tour. Just remember that you need to have a driving permit if you plan on parking your vehicle, air down your tires, and stay 50+ feet from all wildlife. This is the perfect time to explore Carova without the super heavy beach day traffic from the comfort of your own vehicle.

Get Outside

Rain doesn’t mean you have to stay cooped up inside. If you don’t mind getting wet, there’s still a lot to do here on the Outer Banks. Get some inspiration below!

1. You’ll Get Wet Anyways

Dolphin Tours, Kayak tours, surf lessons, and jet ski rentals are available and still operate in light rain and wind conditions. Always check before you show up if there is extreme weather. But we will contact you first if there is a need for cancellation. If you don’t mind getting a little wet in the rain, then these activities would be happy to have you!

2. See the Wild Horses

Outer Banks wild horses from the back of a truck

Wild Horse tours will still operate in light rain and wind so bring a waterproof jacket and something dry to put your phone in. Horse tour guides will educate you on the history of the area, the herd of horses, and some safety precautions! Please never feed the wild horses and keep them wild by staying 50+ feet away. These legends of Corolla are a must-see when visiting the outer banks!

3. Explore the Nature Trails

paved trail through the Nags Head Woods in the Outer Banks

From Ocean Hill Nature Preserve in Corolla to Nags Head Woods, these maritime forest covered trails are great to get the family out and about on a bad beach day. Take the dog with you and plenty of water! These trails lead to some of the best sunset spots on the beach so bring your camera and a snack too!

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