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Nearby Attractions, Activities, Shopping & Dining

Shutters on the Banks’ oceanfront location in Kill Devil Hills puts you right in the center of all the Outer Banks family friendly attractions, great restaurants and beach activities from day break to sunset.

The Outer Banks offers more than just beautiful beaches, from nature to water parks to hiking trails, there’s an activity sure to please all of our guests.

Historical/Cultural Sites

Outer Banks Lost Colony

The Outer Banks is rich in American history – from Black Beard to the Wright Brothers first flight. There are so many fun cultural activities for the entire family within walking distance from Shutters on the Banks.

Here are a few highlights you won’t want to miss:

Wright Brothers Memorial
Visit the Wright Brothers Visitor Center where the Wright brothers’ story is told through exhibits.

The Lost Colony
Over 100 professional actors, technicians & designers gather every summer to honor the memory of the brave people who came here to build a new country.

The Graveyard of The Atlantic
Snorkel or dive the region just offshore of the Outer Banks where some 3,000 shipwrecks decorate the depths from Kitty Hawk south to Ocracoke.

Freedman’s Colony
Learn the story of this Civil War colony, similar to others established by the Union Army, gave African Americans their first tastes of independence and freedom.

Dining

Outer Banks Dining

The Outer Banks has everything from fine dining to a walk-up Dairy Queen (where our guests can save 10% with their room key). There are many dining establishments within walking distance of the hotel.

KILL DEVIL HILLS:

Dairy Queen
109 E Ocean Bay Blvd., Kill Devil Hills • (252) 480-2342

Plaza Azteca
1502 Croatan Hwy., Kill Devil Hills • (252) 255-1062

Kill Devil Grill
MP 9.75, Beach Road, Kill Devil Hills • (252) 449-8181

JK’s Steak & Seafood
MP 9, Bypass, Kill Devil Hills • (252) 441-9555

Colington Café
1029 Colington Road, Kill Devil Hills • (252) 480-1123

Awful Arthurs Oyster Bar
MP 6, Beach Road, Kill Devil Hills • (252) 441-5955

Stack‘em High Pancakes
MP 9 Bypass, 1225 N Croatan Hwy • (252) 441-7064

Thai Room
MP 8.5 Beach Road, Kill Devil Hills • (252) 441-1180

Mama Kwan’s Grill & Tiki Bar
MP 9.5, Bypass, Kill Devil Hills • (252) 441-7889

Jolly Roger
MP 6.75, Beach Road, Kill Devil Hills • (252) 441-6530

Dominos Pizza
MP 9.5, Bypass, Kill Devil Hills • (252) 441-1525

Pigman’s Bar-B-Que
MP 9.5 Bypass, Kill Devil Hills • (252) 441-6803

Outer Banks Brewing Station
600 South Croatan Hwy, Kill Devil Hills, NC • (252) 449-2739

Bonzer Shack Bar & Grill
MP 9 Beach Road, Kill Devil Hills, NC • (252) 480-1010

DUCK:

The Blue Point
1240 Duck Road, Duck, NC • (252) 261-8090

NAGS HEAD:

Owens Restaurant
MP 16.5, Nags Head • (252) 441-7309

Basnights Lone Cedar Café
Nags Head/Manteo Causeway, Nags Head • (252) 441-5405

Pamlico Jacks Pirate Hideaway
MP 16, Bypass, Nags Head • (252) 441-2637

COROLLA:

Dairy Queen
807-A, Ocean Trail, Corolla, NC • (252) 453-3130

KITTY HAWK:

Black Pelican
3848 Virginia Dare Trail, Kitty Hawk, NC • (252) 261-3171

Ocean Boulevard Bistro & Martini Bar
4700 N Virginia Dare Trail, Kitty Hawk, NC • (252) 261-2546

SOUTHERN SHORES:

Coastal Provisions Market
1 Ocean Blvd. Southern Shores • (252) 480-0023

Starbucks
5597-A North Croatan Hwy, Kitty Hawk, NC
(252) 255-0790

Water Sports

island breeze jetskisSurfing, kite boarding, sailing, kayaking, and canoeing are just a few of the water sports which can be found on the Outer Banks. Whether you are an experienced veteran or simply want to try something new, all the right waves, winds, and waters await your arrival.

Causeway Watersports
Parasailing, Jet Ski Rentals and Tours, Pontoon Boats, Tubing Rides, Kayak’s & SUP’S.

Kitty Hawk Watersports
Offering Jet Ski, Parasailing, Kayak, Sail Boat, Surfboard and Paddleboard rentals.  Jet Ski, Kayak and Dolphin Tours available.

Blow Kite
Kiteboarding instructions and rental company that is IKO certified, licensed, insured and with permit from the National Park Service to teach kiteboarding on Cape Hatteras National Seashore and Pamlico Sound.

Parks & Wildlife

elizabethan gardens

When visiting the Outer Banks it’s impossible to miss the breathtaking landscapes and plentiful wildlife. From secluded wildlife refuges to aquariums, our island’s beauty is on display for all to enjoy. Nature lovers won’t want to miss these special Outer Banks places.

Jockeys Ridge State Park
The tallest natural sand dune system in the Eastern United States, Jockey’s Ridge is one of the most significant landmarks on the Outer Banks, North Carolina.

Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve
Owned and operated by The Nature Conservancy, this preserve is a gem of sand dunes, ponds, marshes and wetlands nested on the Outer Banks. Activities include hiking, jogging, birding and more.

Elizabethan Gardens
The Elizabethan Gardens is a 10.5 acre public garden located within Fort Raleigh National Historic Site adjacent to Waterside Theatre.

Pea Island National Wildlife Preserve
This 426-acre park has the largest natural living sand dune on the East Coast. Two self-guided trails and nature programs available year-round. Hang gliding, kite flying, hiking, visitor’s center, small gift shop, museum, picnic facilities and restrooms.

Salons & Spas

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Hairoics
Located on the highway in KIll Devil Hills, Hairoics is a hair solan and day spa offering: Hair Styling, Coloring & Cuts, Airbrush Tanning, Facials, Body Treaments, Eyelash Extensions, Manicure & Pedicure, Massages and Waxing. The Hairoics team of hair stylists are in high demand because they have honed their art in educational seminars that range from New York, Baltimore, Washington D.C., and Las Vegas.

Land Activity

outer banks horses

Spending your time on land in the Outer Banks is no ordinary experience. With horseback riding, hang gliding, ATV tours, and golf, there is fun for the whole family to enjoy.

Kitty Hawk Kites
Rock wall climbing, wild horse tours, Segway tours and more.

Hatteras Island Horseback Riding
Providing safe rides for families and people with little experience in riding. Offer calm, friendly, kid safe horses.

OBX Ghost Tours
You’ll be entertained as a guide leads you through down town Manteo by lantern telling the spooky stories that makes The Outer Banks one of the most haunted beaches in America!

The Carolina Club Golf Course
Groomed for the pro but available to the public, this magnificent 7,000 yard, par 72 championship golf course may well be the highlight of your stay on the Outer Banks.

The Pointe Golf Club
Groomed for the pro but available to the public, The Pointe Golf Club’s A-1 bentgrass greens are second to none, and the plush fairways ensure perfect lies.

Shopping

outer banks shopping

There are many unique shops and boutiques on the Outer Banks to keep you busy when you’re ready to take a day off from the beach. Whether you’re looking for a memento from your trip or a new outfit for dinner, the Outer Banks has you covered.

Jewelry by Gail, Inc.
The studio and gallery of award-winning designer Platinum – Goldsmith, Gail Kowalski. Each of Gail’s original jewelry designs is hand-wrought in gold, platinum, or argentium silver.

Seaside Art Gallery
Established since 1961, specializes in original works of art. 12 rooms filled with over 3000 works of art, antiques and estate jewelry. An accredited fine arts appraiser is on staff.

Miss Lizzie’s
Women’s Clothing & Accessories Boutique

Barree Station
Men’s & Women’s Fine Clothing, Swimwear, Jewelry & Gifts

The Cottage Shop
Home Décor, Entertaining and Gifts

Tanger Outlets Nags Head
Over 20 stores. Open 7 day a week.

Kitty Hawk Kites Nags Head
From kites to clothing to Outer Banks souvenirs and sports equipment rentals and tours. Open 7 days.

Lighthouses

manteo lighthouse

For over two hundred years Outer Banks lighthouses have acted as a lifesaving guide to those traveling by sea, and a marvel to those who stand next to their towering beauty. These structures define the Outer Bank’s, and should not be missed when visiting. For more information:

Currituck Beach Lighthouse
The Currituck Beach Lighthouse, located in the heart of Corolla, borders the historic Whalehead Club and still functions as a guide for passing mariners.

Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse
The Roanoke Marshes lighthouse is often one of the most overlooked of the Outer Banks lighthouses, simply because of its small stature, limited visibility and remote location tucked away at the quiet east end of the Manteo waterfront.

Bodie Island Lighthouse
The Bodie Island Lighthouse, (pronounced “Body”) is located just south of the town of Nags Head and Whalebone Junction, where Highway 158, Highway 64, and NC Highway 12 intersect.

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, with its black and white candy-cane stripes, is one of the most famous and recognizable lighthouses in the world.

Ocracoke Island Lighthouse
The Ocracoke Island Lighthouse may not be the most imposing of the Outer Banks lighthouses, but as North Carolina’s oldest lighthouse in operation, (and the second oldest in the United States), it is certainly one of the most beloved.

Looking for more information on all things to do and see on your trip to the Outer Banks?

The Outer Banks Visitors Bureau has it’s finger on the pulse for all things related to the Outer Banks. You can order a hard copy of the Outer Banks Travel Guide or visit their extensive website.

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