10 Things to Do in Kitty Hawk That You Shouldn't Miss

October 4, 2017 Kandra Bartel

On the Outer Banks of North Carolina and part of a string of barrier islands, Kitty Hawk is steeped in history and known for its natural beauty. In each island town, travelers will find fine art, dining and history coupled with great beaches and adventure. Water hideaways provide refuge for wildlife. Nature lovers can catch a glimpse of birds in their natural habitats.
Restaurants in Kitty Hawk

1. OB-Xscape Rooms

1 Ocean Blvd, Suite 109, Southern Shores, NC 27949-3616 +1 252-564-9636
Excellent
90%
Good
7%
Satisfactory
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5 based on 159 reviews

OB-Xscape Rooms

We are a local family and veteran-owned business providing an unique indoor entertainment to both OBX tourists and OBX locals and businesses. Whether you want to beat the heat or have fun on a rainy day, our three escape rooms, Mutiny on the Lark, Cold Case Murder of Dawn Renee, and Meltdown will do just that for you! Escape rooms are real-life adventure games where you are metaphorically locked in a room and have to use objects and elements to solve a series of puzzles, discover hidden clues, and make logical connections in order to find the way out (hence, escape). Don't be the only one that doesn't escape the Outer Banks when planning your OBX vacation or your night out with the family and friends and book online in advance to get your chance!

Reviewed By vhs6564 - Chesapeake, Virginia

Had a great time, even though it was just myself and my 10 year old granddaughter. we normally have a larger group. very well planned rooms. the owner showed us the other rooms before those parties arrived. by chance, The Meltdown room was available. He was very helpful. we will definitely be back with more family and friends.

2. The Monument to a Century of Flight

Aycock Brown Welcome Center, Kitty Hawk, NC
Excellent
59%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
6%
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4.5 based on 321 reviews

The Monument to a Century of Flight

Reviewed By D2958ZXgarym - King, United States

The Monument to a Century of Flight was dedicated in 2003, the 100th anniversary of powered flight. The monument consists of fourteen wing-shaped steel pylons, ascending in height from 10 to 20 feet, and circling a six-foot bronze dome depicting the continents of Earth. The faces of the pylons feature black granite panels engraved with the date and synopsis, sometimes accompanied by an image, of one hundred of the most significant accomplishments in the first century of aviation. North Carolina artist Glenn Eure developed the preliminary concept for the monument, with the finished design the result of the collaborative efforts of Eure and two other NC sculptors, Hanna Jubran and Jodi Hollnagel Juban. At the entrance to the monument is a granite marker inscribed with the poem “High Flight” by 19-year-old American pilot James G. Magee, Jr. in late 1941. Serving with the Royal Canadian Air Force in Britain, Magee was killed in combat over England in December of that year. The Monument is located on the hill behind the Aycock Brown Welcome Center on US 158 in Kitty Hawk. Free admission. Only a short amount of time needed to visit – 20-30 minutes.

3. Duck Town Boardwalk

Duck, NC +1 252-255-1234
Excellent
70%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 566 reviews

Duck Town Boardwalk

Reviewed By Corusc80 - Kansas City

Nice views from boardwalk but prices of merchandise at shops are definitely on the expensive side, no bargains on the boardwalk. Shops are pretty spread out, too. Be prepared to walk.

4. Wright Brothers National Memorial

Mile post 7.5 on U.S. Highway 158, Kill Devil Hills, NC +1 252-441-7430
Excellent
67%
Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

Wright Brothers National Memorial

Park where visitors can see a replica of the Wright Brothers' plane and receive an entertaining history of flight.

Reviewed By ArleneFBP - Weaverville, North Carolina

We grew up in NC learning about the Wright brothers and their great contributions. It was fascinating to see the humble beginnings of flight.
This is a great facility with good exhibits for all ages. They were currently remodeling the actual museum but it was still a good visit.
Take comfortable shoes and a light jacket. It is always windy in Kitty Hawk.

5. H2OBX Waterpark

8526 Caratoke Hwy, Powells Point, NC 27966-9780 +1 252-491-3000
Excellent
76%
Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 64 reviews

H2OBX Waterpark

The Outer Banks Just Got WETTER! COOLER! WILDER! SPLASHIER! CRAZIER! H2OBX IS NOW OPEN! Whether you're looking for wild family fun or an upscale resort getaway, H2OBX is the place to be in the Outer Banks. Come see all that the best waterpark in North Carolina has to offer.

Reviewed By DocTTravels - Charlotte, North Carolina

A great experience with the kids while taking a break from the beach. The park is just big enough to satisfy everybody. I recommend renting a cabana and getting there early. We went on slides early and then rested in the cabana with included bottle water. Going back next year for sure.

6. Sandy Run Park

4352 The Woods Rd, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949-4036
Excellent
72%
Good
24%
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4.5 based on 50 reviews

Sandy Run Park

Reviewed By vwp - Onancock, Virginia

A nice surprise and a change from the beach. Good for the walking challenged with elevated walkways, a short walk to the turtles. Hundreds of River Cooters with some snappers and sliders thrown in. Portopotty by parking area.

The only bad thing was an asphalt plant right next door belching loudly. Very smelly too.

7. Balanced Body Massage Therapy and Bodywork

12 Juniper Trl, Southern Shores, NC 27949-3745 +1 252-202-4965
Excellent
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5 based on 2 reviews

Balanced Body Massage Therapy and Bodywork

Balanced Body Massage and Bodywork is a private practice located in the town of Southern Shores on the beautiful islands of Outer Banks, North Carolina. Therapeutic sessions at Balanced Body strive to improve the quality of life for every client through personalized interaction. After a few quick questions and a short physical assessment, the practitioner will remedy your pain, stress, or tension using a variety of techniques including Swedish, Deep Tissue, Isometric Body Balancing, Active Release, or Myoskeletal Alignment. The benefits range for each client from an increased range of motion or improved mobility to a greater endurance or a universal balance in everyday life. Whether you are seeking relaxation in your vacation, relief from pain as a local resident, or any combination in between, Balanced Body Massage and Bodywork is the place for overall wellness.

Reviewed By dsikula - Pacifica, California

I can't say enough good things about Zuzana. I went in tense and tired and came out refreshed and invigorated. She asked just the right questions about what I needed and focused on the exact right areas. My only regret is that she's 3,000 miles...MoreThousand Thank yous!!!!. Hope you can make it to the Outer Banks again this summer.

8. Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve

701 W Ocean Acres Dr, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948-8848 +1 252-441-2525
Excellent
60%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 219 reviews

Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve

Located in the Outer Banks, this preserve is one of only a few maritime forests left in its natural state.

Reviewed By travelchick2 - United States

This is a very pleasant place to walk around and discover some hidden areas in OBX. Pleasant walking/scenery. Bugs though! Bring your bug spray. Saw a couple of interesting birds. I do recommend this.

9. Holy Redeemer By the Sea Catholic Church

301 W Kitty Hawk Rd, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949-4225
Excellent
79%
Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 44 reviews

Holy Redeemer By the Sea Catholic Church

Reviewed By Richard H - Springfield, Virginia

Have been going to this church since 2003 on all our visits to OBX. We attend the church on Kitty Hawk Road. Priests are friendly. Only negative is exiting the parking lot. It takes a while!

10. Scarborough Lane Shoppes

1171 Duck Rd, Duck, NC 27949-9415
Excellent
51%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
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4.5 based on 107 reviews

Scarborough Lane Shoppes

Reviewed By Lisa F

The Scarborough Lane Shops are a favorite stop of mine in the OBX. I especially love The Mystic Jewel. I have been shopping there for more than 13 years and keep coming back because of the friendly staff who are always so helpful and attentive.

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