Things To Do in Duck NC Including Southern Shores

You don't have to look hard for Duck NC 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 water sports equipment rentals on the sound.

Other than watersports, Duck NC 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.

Things To Do in Duck NC by Category or Location

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... read more

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 Avenue, Manteo
(252) 473-2357
24502 N.C. Highway 12, Waves Village, Rodanthe
(252) 987-2297
39432 N.C. Highway 12, Island Shops, Avon
(252) 995-6060
58848 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... read more

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 or book a surfing lesson or a boat cruise to Sanctuary Vineyards. You can rent boogie boards and surfboards here... read more

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... read more

North Duck Watersports and Duck Parasail

1446 Duck Road, Duck
(252) 261-4200

Whether you’re looking for an adventure in the sky or on the sea, head to North Duck Watersports and Duck Parasail. They’re on the sound at the north end of Duck, near the border of the Sanderling community. This is the original and longest-running water sports company on the northern Outer Banks. They rent four-stroke Waverunners, kayaks, pontoon boats and standup paddleboards. North Duck Watersports... read more

Nor’Banks Sailing Center

1314 Duck Road, Duck
(252) 261-2900

Nor’Banks' 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... read more

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 activities 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 of the sound waters or to ride... read more

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 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.