Outer Banks weather can have a mind of it’s own and sometimes when it rains, it pours! While you may be singing “rain, rain, go away” today, you shouldn’t let the Outer Banks weather damper your vacation! There are still plenty of Outer Banks activities to keep you entertained and occupied when you can’t be at the beach! Check out our list of top 50 rainy day activities.
Top Activities for Rainy Outer Banks Weather
Visit the North Carolina Aquarium in Manteo to stay away from the wet weather!
Challenge family and friends to a bowling competition at the OBX Bowling Center in Nags Head.
A few rounds of action packed laser tag at Gearworks Family Fun Center in Nags Head is a great way to have fun when the Outer Banks weather is less than beach worthy!
A trip to Seagreen Gallery is sure to brighten up your day when the weather on the Outer Banks is a downer!
Stop by The Island Bookstore in Duck and pick out a new book to read.
Treat yourself to a spa day at Aqua Spa in Duck.
Test out some new wines at Trio‘s wine stations in Kitty Hawk.
Enjoy a hot cup of specialty coffee at Front Porch Cafe in Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, and Manteo.
Unleash your inner artist by signing up for a painting party hosted by Local Color.
Browse or buy the beautiful paintings and jewelry created by local artists at Seaside Art Gallery.
Sample premium olive oils and balsamic vinegars to add some awesome flavor to your cooking at Outer Banks Olive Oil Company in Kill Devil Hills or Nags Head.
Take a tour at OBX Distilling to see the Kill Devil Rum making process in person and sample their rums.
Horse lovers can take a trip to the Wild Horse Museum in Corolla.
Take the kids to Life on a Sandbar for hair wraps, temporary tattoos, and crafts.
Spend a rainy evening laughing at The Comedy Club of the Outer Banks in Kill Devil Hills.
Take a shopping trip to Outlets Nags Head. The covered awning makes it easy to dodge the rain between stores.
Browse through over 750 different wines at Bacchus Wine & Cheese in Corolla.
A rainy day is the perfect time to visit to the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras and learn about the numerous shipwrecks and maritime history.
Sign up for a yoga class at Duck Village Yoga to de-stress when the weather isn’t ideal.
Let the kid’s burn off some energy while learning at the Children’s Play Museum in Kitty Hawk where they can play, paint, and pretend.
History buffs will love exploring the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site in Manteo to learn more about the colonists and their life on Roanoke Island.
The stormy Outer Banks weather is just right setting for an OBX Mystery Dinner. Don’t miss this inactive show paired with a four course meal in Kill Devil Hills.
Take a jewelry making class at Studio 12 in Avon.
Check out a baseball or football game with some apps and drinks at Shipwreck’s Taphouse & Grill in Kitty Hawk.
Get your puppy snuggles in by volunteering at the SPCA in Manteo.
Test your skills and patience with a puzzle the whole family can put together.
Check out the unique boutiques and eateries at Scarborough Lane Shoppes in Duck. The covered decks will keep you dry as you shop.
Swim, workout, or play at the Outer Banks YMCA in Nags Head. Weekly membership passes are available for non-members.
Arcade games, game tables, and pizza make for rainy day fun at Angelo’s Pizza Arcade.
Night owls can stop by the Jolly Roger Restaurant in Kill Devil Hills for nightly karaoke from 10 pm to 1 am.
Stay in and play a card or board game with your friends and family.
Indulge on a rainy day with coffee and a specialty donut from Duck Donuts.
Visit the indoor museum at the Wright Brothers National Memorial for replicas, artifacts, and a quick history lesson.
Rainy Outer Banks weather makes the perfect setting for taking a ghost tour at the Whalehead Club on Wednesdays at 7:30 pm
Relax with a hot tea and a freshly baked pastry at Dolce Pastries & Desserts in Kitty Hawk.
Stop by the Kill Devil Hills, Manteo, or Hatteras Libraries for story time with the kids.
Olde Towne Creamery in Manteo is a charming ice cream shop where you can cure your rainy day blues with malts, shakes, ice cream, fudge, and even pizza!
Visit Jennette’s Pier to see the new exhibits where you can learn more about our underwater friends.
Take the kids to Beach Braids for henna tattoos and hair braiding. They are easy to locate with studios in Nags Head, Duck, and Corolla.
Curl up with a blanket at your beach house and enjoy catching up with loved ones.
Avoiding the rainy Outer Banks weather we sometimes see during the summer months can be fun! After all, a rainy day at the beach is better than a sunny day at the office! We hope you stay safe and dry during your stay and have fun visiting these Outer Banks attractions. For more severe storms, you can stay up-to-date on Resort Realty’s Facebook page.