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Ocracoke Island Activities

Ocracoke Island is full of fun things to do. You can explore the history of the Outer Banks at the Ocracoke Lighthouse and the Ocracoke Preservation Society Museum. For natural beauty, you can spot wild ponies or visit Springer’s Point Land Preserve where you’ll encounter endless wildlife. Over 400 species of bird have been spotted on Ocracoke and seasonal turtle nesting takes place annually. Ocracoke Island is a world of its own!

North Carolina’s Best Beaches

Ocracoke Island has North Carolina’s best beaches. Most of Ocracoke Island’s shoreline is undeveloped and preserved. On Ocracoke’s pristine beaches, families and nature lovers mingle with fishermen and surfers. Ocracoke Island has plenty of space to relax and enjoy the good life.

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Located across the inlet from Ocracoke, Portsmouth Island is part of the Cape Lookout National Seashore. Portsmouth was once the largest settlement on the Outer Banks.
Built in 1823, the Ocracoke Light is the oldest lighthouse in North Carolina still in continuous service and the second oldest in the United States in continuous service.
Springer's Point Preserve
Springer's Point offers more than 120 acres of maritime forest, tidal red cedar forest, salt marsh, tidal ponds, grasslands, and a sound front beach. Springer's Point has been designated as one of the North Carolina's significant natural heritage areas because of its unique maritime forest and importance to coastal birds.
Visit the Ocracoke Ponies that trace their ancestry to 16th century Spanish Mustangs! Legend has it that the ponies escaped and survived shipwrecks on the shoals of North Carolina.
Visit the Ocracoke Preservation Society’s Museum for a glimpse into life on Ocracoke in earlier times. OPS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the island’s history and cultural heritage. The OPS Museum is located in the historic home of Coast Guard Captain David Williams.
The Hammock Hills Nature Trail provides a great experience for nature lovers and offers an environment perfect for bird watchers. An observation deck at mid-point in the trail offers amazing views of Pamlico Sound. The trail features informative signposts along the way.
Ocracoke Island is a shelling paradise. Shelling enthusiasts could spend a lifetime looking for Whelks, Moon Shells, Coquina Shells, Helmet Conchs, Olive Shells, and Periwinkles. Find the best shelling beaches on the east coast.
Beach Outfitters Rental Bikes
During your Ocracoke vacation, riding a bike gives you the freedom to see the island like a local. You can easily ride through the narrow streets of Ocracoke Village, take a sunset ride, visit village landmarks or even ride to the beach. Find out the best places to rent and ride bikes on Ocracoke Island.
Outer Banks Fishing
Ocracoke Island has the best fishing on the Outer Banks. Miles of undeveloped shoreline allow for endless surf fishing options and the nearby Gulf Steam has world-renowned offshore charter fishing.