When you visit the Outer Banks, going to places like Jockey’s Ridge and The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island are no brainers. While these places are fun to visit and super educational, there are many more historic sites the OBX has to offer! Check out these OBX historic sites that you must visit on your next vacation!

The Elizabethan Gardens + Fort Raleigh


At The Elizabethan Gardens, enjoy museum quality Renaissance sculptures,  beautiful blooms, and stunning views of the sound on the north-end of Roanoke Island. Right next to The Gardens, you can discover Fort Raleigh National Historic Site where you can learn more about the colony of 1587 that is now known as The Lost Colony!

Roanoke Island Festival Park


Roanoke Island Festival Park is a hands-on, interactive park that features a real, working blacksmith’s shop, a fun and educational museum, and a historical representation of a merchant vessel from 1585! Festival Park is a fun place for the whole family to learn about what life was like when Roanoke Island first began.

Monument to a Century of Flight

Kitty Hawk 

Monument to a Century of Flight In Kitty Hawk.

The Monument to a Century of Flight was dedicated on November 8, 2003. The monument commemorates aviation’s first century. At the monument, you can see  airplane wing shaped pylons with designs of the progression of flight and a time capsule that’ll be opened in 2103.

Chicamacomico Lifesaving Station


Pronounced Chick-ah-mah-com-eh-co, the Chicamacomico Lifesaving Station was the first of 7 Life-saving stations built in North Carolina. At the station, you can learn about Life-saving Service training, see an original surfboat, and even watch a breeches buoy demonstration!

Frisco Native American Museum


Learn about the history of Native Americans on the Outer Banks at the Frisco Native American Museum. With exhibits that feature thousands of artifacts, nature trails, and an awesome gift shop, the Friso Native American Museum is a must visit on your next OBX vacation.

Wright Brothers National Memorial

Kill Devil Hills

Visit the spot where the Wright Brother’s took their fist flight and see what life was like while they did their research on the Outer Banks! The Wright Brother’s Monument is a great place to learn more about the birth of flight right here on the OBX!

Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum


The Graveyard Of The Atlantic museum offers educational and fun filled activities all year round. You can see new exhibits and learn about the treacherous waters of the Outer Banks!