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.

Duck Parasail

1446 Duck Road, At North Duck Watersports, Duck
(252) 261-4200

Have you ever dreamed of flying high above the Outer Banks with only the sound of the wind in your ears? It's an amazing way to see the ocean, sound and sights below. Duck Parasail can take up to three people at a time into the air for this exciting adventure. You begin and end your flight from the same seat on the back deck of their boat. The Captain and First Mate get you all set, then all you have to do is enjoy the ride. Their 12-passenger boats allow your friends and family to join you in the fun. 

Duck Town Park

1200 Duck Road, Duck
(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 Outer Banks activities such as 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, visit or call the events hotline at the number above.

Kitty Hawk Kites

1216 Duck Road, Wee Winks Square, Duck
(252) 261-4450
785L Sunset Boulevard, TimBuck II Shopping Village, Corolla
(252) 453-8845
819 Ocean Trail, Monteray Plaza, Corolla
(252) 453-3685
3933 N. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 12.5, Nags Head
(252) 449-2210
307 Queen Elizabeth Street, Manteo
(252) 473-2357
24505 N.C. Highway 12, Waves Village, Rodanthe
(252) 987-2297
39432 N.C. Highway 12, Island Shops, Avon
(252) 995-6060
5848 Hatteras Landing, Hatteras Village
(252) 986-1446
(877) 359-8447

Kitty Hawk Kites specializes in kites, from the single-lines for kids to high-tech stunt varieties. The stores also sell fun things like flags, toys, boomerangs and games. You’ll find the Outer Banks’ largest selection of beach sportswear and footwear from Crocs, Sanuk, Chaco, Southern Fried and Life Is Good apparel, the coolest selection of T-shirts, sweatshirts, outdoor clothing, sunglasses, sandals and more. KHK stores also offer toys and gifts that you won’t find in any other Outer Banks shopping outlet. Kitty Hawk Kites has 13 locations from Corolla to Ocracoke. 

One of the Outer Banks’ foremost recreation outfitters, Kitty Hawk Kites offers more than 20 adventure activities, including hang gliding, kayak and SUP tours and rentals, dolphin tours, parasailing, Jet skis and more. And in Rodanthe, the Waves Village Watersports Resort is where you can take a kiteboarding lesson, buy and rent kiteboarding gear, rent a kayak or standup paddleboard.

Kitty Hawk Kites Watersports Center

1216 Duck Road, Wee Winks Square, Duck
(252) 261-4450

At this watersports center on the sound in Duck, you can rent Waverunners, parasail, go wakeboarding/waterskiing/tubing, book a kayak tour or rent a kayak or standup paddleboard to glide around on your own. You can also have fun on a Segway tour of the Corolla area, book a surfing lesson or a boat cruise to Sanctuary Vineyards. You can rent boogie boards and surfboards here too. Call (252) 441-4124 or (877) FLY-THIS for reservations. The on-site store sells kites, toys, flags, T-shirts and sweats, footwear, souvenirs, pirate paraphernalia and other fun stuff.

Kitty Hawk Surf Co.

1216 Duck Road, Wee Winks Square, Duck
(252) 261-8787
819 Ocean Trail, Monteray Plaza, Corolla
(252) 453-3685
785L Sunset Boulevard, TimBuck II Shopping Village, Corolla
(252) 453-4999
3933 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 12.5, Nags Head
(252) 441-6800
24502 N.C. Highway 12, Waves Village, Rodanthe
(252) 987-2297

Ready for some action? Kitty Hawk Surf Co. has everything you need to enjoy all the Outer Banks has to offer – from the wind to waves to flat water. At Kitty Hawk Surf Co. you can find a huge selection of new and used kayaks, kayaking equipment, standup paddleboards, surfboards, Zap skim boards, wetsuits and more. You can also find one of the best selections of surfwear, sportswear and footwear brands, including Quiksilver, Billabong, Volcom, Roxy, Reef, Patagonia, The North Face, Sanuk, OluKai and many others. Kitty Hawk Surf Co. can also help you out with surf, skim, kayak and standup paddleboard gear and instruction.

Nor’Banks Sailing Center

1314 Duck Road, Duck
(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 a variety of water sports for everyone including Waverunner rentals, parasailing, tubing, wakeboarding, waterskiing, kayaking, paddleboarding, pontoon boat rentals along with kayak and SUP eco tours. 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. Their location has a grassy lawn, restrooms and showers, 200-foot pier and plenty of room for you to spend the day. Check their event calendar for  sailing and paddle boarding events throughout the Summer.

OBX Wakeboard & Waterski

251 N. Dogwood Trail, Southern Shores
(252) 256-2018
(252) 256-1050

Ready for some water fun? If you a waterski, tube or wakeboard -- or want to learn how -- you have to call these guys. They'll take you out behind their MasterCraft (the same kind of boat used in the X-Games -- fast and smooth!) and give you and your family a fantastic experience. If you need lessons, their trainers are certified and experienced, and the boat captains are U.S. Coast Guard certified. They have also added Wake Surfing to their repertoire of activities you can try behind the boats! With two boats, even large groups can be on the water at the same time. If you're past your waterskiing days or just want to take it a little easier, you can also cruise out on sunset and cocktail tours.

Ocean Atlantic Rentals

1149 Duck Road, Duck
(252) 261-4346
103 Austin Street, Corolla Light Town Center, Corolla
(252) 453-2440
2001 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 9.75, Kill Devil Hills
(252) 441-7823
40809 NC Highway 12, Avon
(252) 995-5868

There are so many entertaining Outer Banks things to do that you couldn't possibly bring all the equipment you'll need on a vacation to cover it all. Luckily, you can rent just about anything you'll need once you're here. No more cars packed so tight that you can't move inside!

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.

And, when visiting many areas of the Outer Banks, 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!

This is also a full-service rental company for any big item you might not have wanted to cart from home such as cribs, strollers, beach chairs, umbrellas and more. In addition to delivering your beach items to your vacation cottage, Ocean Atlantic Rentals now offers a daily setup and breakdown service for your beach chairs and umbrellas while at your oceanfront rental cottage. Their service includes free delivery and pickup to your beach cottage plus full service, daily setup and breakdown of your chairs and umbrellas (which stay at your cottage during the rental period). They can even text message you when your items are ready to use! 

Outer Banks Restaurant Tours

Various meeting places in Kitty Hawk, Duck and Corolla, Kitty Hawk
(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? You can enjoy tours to Duck, which is a walking tour, and the Corolla and the Kitty Hawk/Kill Devil Hills driving tours where you're driven in their company vehicle. Outer Banks Restaurant Tours also offers a Brews and Bites Tour on Wednesdays and a Winery Tour on Thursdays. Back by popular demand in 2015 is a BBQ class: Secrets of a BBQ Master! Tours start the week of May 18, 2015, and run through the end of September 2015. Reservations are required.

Sunset Watersports

1264 Duck Road, Duck
(252) 261-1839

Sunset Watersports rents Waverunners, pontoon boats, kayaks, standup paddleboards (SUPs) 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.