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Duck Things To Do Including Southern Shores Things To Do

You don't have to look hard for Duck things to do. The beach is the primary place for Duck recreation and Southern Shores outdoor fun, whether it’s swimming, surfing, fishing, sea kayaking, walking or just lazing in the sun. But don’t overlook the soundside. The Currituck Sound is the perfect place to fish, sail, paddle a canoe or kayak, Parasail, Jet ski, standup paddleboard and windsurf. Several Duck outfitters offer kayak tours and watersports equipment rentals on the sound.

Other than watersports, Duck things to do are pretty low key. There’s a paved bike path along N.C. Highway 12/Duck Road through Southern Shores and Duck that’s perfect for biking, jogging, walking and strolling babies. If your kids are looking for somewhere to skate, you might want to take them up to Island Revolution Skate Park in Corolla, (252) 453-9484, instead of turning them loose on the bike path.

Note that beach driving is not allowed anywhere on Duck beaches.

We give the address for many Duck recreation businesses as Duck Road, which is the same road as N.C. Highway 12.

Aqua Spa

1174 Duck Road
(252) 261-9709

Aqua Spa blends waterfront serenity with a nurturing spa experience. The expert service providers will guide you with healing massage, Ayurvedic treatments, massage cupping, organic facials, waxing, mineral makeup and a natural nail salon. Bridal parties can toast to new beginnings overlooking the water while getting nails and faces perfected to honor the day. Couples find solace with relaxing treatments. Don’t forget lunch, dinner or cocktails at Aqua Restaurant downstairs — it really is heaven here.

Duck Town Park

1200 Duck Road
downtown on the sound side
(252) 255-1286

Be sure to visit the Duck Town Park and Boardwalk. This is a fabulous 11-acre, soundside green space that’s tucked into the commercial district of Duck. The soundside boardwalk  connects the town’s commercial Village and extends nearly a mile along the Currituck Sound. Park amenities include an amphitheater, the Town Green, playground, public kayak/canoe launch, crabbing area, picnic shelter, walking trails through the maritime forest and accesses to the Duck Boardwalk. The park is pet friendly and provides a doggie water fountain near the playground area. Free concerts, performances, yoga on the Green, movies and story hours are held here in the summer months. For a complete, up-to-the-minute list of events happening in Duck Town Park (and throughout the Outer Banks), go to www.OuterBanksThisWeek.com, visit www.townofduck.com or call the events hotline at the number above. Be sure to use the #DuckNC tag on all photos and social media posts.


Kitty Hawk Kites Watersports Center

1216 Duck Road
(252) 261-4450

One of many Kitty Hawk Kites Watersports Centers on the Outer Banks, this one is on the sound near Wee Winks Square in Duck. You can ride Waverunners, parasail, go wakeboarding/waterskiing/tubing, book a kayak tour, or rent a kayak or stand-up paddleboard to glide around on your own. You can also have fun on a Segway tour of the Corolla area or book a surfing lesson. You can rent boogie boards and surfboards here, too. Call (252) 441-4124 or (877) FLY-THIS for reservations. The on-site store sells toys, kites, flags, Ts and sweats, souvenirs, pirate paraphernalia and other fun stuff.

Kitty Hawk Surf Co.

785L Sunset Boulevard
TimBuck II Shopping Village
(252) 453-4999
1213 Duck Road
Wee Winks Square
(252) 261-8787

This store is your one-stop shop for surf, skim, kayak and SUP gear. They carry the latest sportswear and surf brands like Billabong, Quiksilver, Roxy and Volcom for both men and women. They also have a huge selection of popular T-shirts and sweatshirts including OBX, Peace Frogs and Old Guys Rule. Plus, there’s also a nice selection of Zap skimboards, Hobie and WIlderness Systems kayaks, Naish, Surftech, Jimmy Lewis and Yolo SUPs if you want to do more than look the part! 

Nor’Banks Sailing Center

1314 Duck Road
(252) 261-2900

Nor’Bank’s friendly staff, professional service, modern equipment and gorgeous location make it a popular site for northern Outer Banks Water Sports. They offer something for everyone including waverunner rentals, parasailing, tubing, wakeboarding, water skiing, kayaking, paddleboarding and surfing lessons. They are also the home of sailing on the Outer Banks with a rental fleet of more than 30 sailboats, a US Sailing sailing school and youth sailing camps. New for 2014, they are now offering SUP and kayak ecotours of the Pine Island Audubon Sanctuary. 


Ocean Atlantic Rentals

Corolla Light Town Center
One block south of Currituck Lighthous
(252) 453-2440
1194 Duck Road
1/2 Mile south of water tower in Duck
(252) 261-4346
2001 S. Croatan Hwy. 158
MP 9.75 on the Bypass
Kill Devil Hills
(252) 441-7823
40809 NC Hwy. 12
Next to Outer Beaches Realty
(252) 995-5868

If you want to rent kayaks to do some exploring on your own, Ocean Atlantic Rentals will bring them to you. You can rent kayaks for exploring the sound or riding the ocean waves. They also offer surf lessons and kite boarding lessons for groups or individuals, with CPR-certified instructors. Fun!

And, when visiting Corolla, you’ll need your car from time to time to get to the grocery store or between shopping centers. Otherwise, ditch the car and pedal everywhere you go. They rent single-speed beach cruisers, kids’ and BMX bikes, Kiddie Kart trailers and trikes for the little ones, plus you can get helmets and gear for the entire family. Pick up your bikes here or have them delivered to your door.

And if that’s not enough, Ocean Atlantic Rentals also has all the equipment you need for surfing, bodyboarding or skimboarding. They even have swim fins, which are great for bodyboarding. If the water is chilly when you’re here, they rent wetsuits to keep you warm while you tackle the waves. Ocean Atlantic Rentals delivers this type of gear too!

Outer Banks Restaurant Tours

Various Meeting Places in Kitty Hawk, Duck and Corolla
(252) 722-2229

Outer Banks Restaurant Tours provides walking and driving tours of restaurants in three locations on the Outer Banks. On each tour, chefs and owners greet you, talk to you about their background, their restaurant, their food and their passions and give you a behind-the-scenes look at their restaurant. You are treated to delectable samples of signature dishes, paired with wine, beer or a mixed drink. Along the way, you’re also likely to learn a little history about the Outer Banks and local food sourcing and get a few wine or beer tasting tips. The best thing about these tours is that for the price of one dinner out, you are able to sample the cuisine at multiple restaurants in one afternoon. What better way to find the best places to eat if you are a new visitor to the area? The Duck Walking Tour takes you on foot from one end of the quaint town to the other, sampling great food and strolling on the boardwalk where you’ll have gorgeous views of the Currituck sound. The Kitty Hawk/Kill Devil Hills Driving Tour transports you in their company vehicle to the rock stars of the Outer Banks restaurant scene, and the Corolla Driving Tour features a short ride in their vehicles on the north end of Corolla where some surprising plates of delicious food await you. Even if you are a return visitor or if you are fortunate enough to live here, these restaurant tours allow you to revisit your old favorites and rediscover them in a whole new, more personal way. Outer Banks Restaurant Tours also offers a Brews and Bites Tour on Wednesdays and a Winery Tour on Thursdays. New to the schedule for 2014 is a BBQ class: Secrets of a BBQ Master! Tours start the week of May 19, 2014, and run through the end of September 2014. Reservations are required.

Sunset Watersports

1264 Duck Road, behind Sunset Grille and Raw Bar
(252) 261-1839

Sunset Watersports rents Waverunners, pontoon boats, kayaks, standup paddleboards (SUP's) and center console boats and offers Parasailing. It’s located behind Sunset Grille and Raw Bar at the gazebo at the end of their nice, new pier. Join them for a sunset cruise on one of their spacious pontoon boats. Sunset Watersports is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in season.