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

Beach Braids Hair Wraps & Henna

1171 Duck Road, Duck
(252) 261-3769
791 Sunset Boulevard, Corolla
(252) 453-0310
4104 S. Virginia Dare Trail, The Beach Road, MP 13, Nags Head
(252) 441-6970

Get the ultimate vacation souvenir with a colorful hairwrap, some cornrows or a temporary tattoo. Beach Braids is the only Outer Banks shop offering natural henna tattoos in addition to Jagua tattoos, all 100% plant based and brown or blue/black in color. All three Beach Braids locations have a Mendhi artist on staff during peak season. This store also sells custom, handmade hemp jewelry. Appointments or... read more

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


8526 Caratoke Highway, Powells Point
(252) 491-3000

Making a huge splash onto the summer scene in 2017, H2OBX will certainly become one of the hottest spots for cooling-off for both locals and visitors. Expertly planned by the Aquatic Development Group, the country's leading water park designers, the site contains some of the most innovative aqua rides in the country. Located just 3 miles north of the Wright Memorial bridge in Currituck County... 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) 441-4124
Additional phone number
(877) 359-8447

At this watersports center on the sound in Duck, you can rent Jet skis, parasail, rent a pontoon boat, book a kayak tour or rent a kayak or standup paddleboard to glide around on your own. You can also sign up for Kitty Hawk Kites Mermaid School or book a hang gliding lesson, surfing lesson or a boat cruise to Sanctuary Vineyards. You can rent boogie... read more

Kitty Hawk Surf Co.

1216 Duck Road, Wee Winks Square, Duck
(252) 261-8787
819 Ocean Trail, Monterey 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 watersports company on the northern Outer Banks. They rent four-stroke Waverunners, kayaks, pontoon boats and standup paddleboards. North Duck Watersports and... read more

OB-Xscape Rooms

1 Ocean Boulevard, Suite 109, Southern Shores
(252) 564-9636

OB-Xscape Rooms will captivate your minds with the thrill of an enigma, inviting players to be “trapped” inside a themed chamber, where they must use critical thought and teamwork to escape. Each group of 12 or less has no more than one hour to put their heads together, searching for hidden clues to overcome their chosen challenge. With four exciting adventures to choose... 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.