This Fall, follow our bucket list for fun Outer Banks activities that’ll be sure to provide you and your family lots of laughs and memories! While Summer on the OBX is amazing, Fall is here, it’s even better, and it’s time to partake in all the fun this cooler season brings.
OBX Fall Bucket List
1. Host a beach bonfire with smores and cozy blankets
2. Grab an OBX inspired book and have a beach picnic
3. Eat some steamed oysters
4. Take advantage of the 4WD ability in Nags Head (with the proper permit)
5. Hit one of the lighthouses on a crisp, fall day
6. Go on an OBX ghost tour
7. Take part in the Outer Banks Marathon
8. Go to the Bluegrass Island Festival
9. Visit the pumpkin patch at Island Farm
10. Take the kids to Harvest HayDay at the Elizabethan Gardens
11. Attend the Seafood Festival
12. Take a trip to the Wright Brothers Memorial
13. Wake up to see a fall sunrise over the ocean
14. Visit the OBX Distillery and try some fall-inspired rum flavors
15. Play a few rounds of golf
16. Catch the WRV Outer Banks Pro surf competition
17. Try a local, fall-flavored coffee
18. Stroll downtown Manteo
19. Go Black Friday Shopping but only at locally owned OBX shops
20. Visit all 5 piers from Kitty Hawk to Nags Head just because
21. Visit Grandy Greenhouse & Farm Market for fresh cider and more
22. Take a day trip to Ocracoke
23. Take advantage of partial week rentals
Our Top OBX Fall Activities
We’ve broken down our favorite fall activities for your bucket list in our handy PDF above, but we want to go into more detail on the ones we really love and why! These are activities we highlighted in our summer bucket list but they’re just as magical during the fall!
The Outer Banks Seafood Festival
The Outer Banks Seafood Festival is a must if you’re in town! The festival is typically held in mid to late October and features some of the best, local restaurants on the OBX! Enjoy locally caught seafood of all kinds, tasty desserts, and so much more. You can get more information on the next Outer Banks Seafood Festival here.
Fresh, Steamed Oysters
Fall is notoriously known on the Outer Banks as oyster season! Locals know, you only eat oysters during months that end in an “R”. Steamed oysters are much easier to eat and shuck than raw and are amazing with hot sauce, cocktail sauce, and horseradish! You can buy your own locally at places like Sugar Shack and O’Neals to steam yourself or treat yourself at a local restaurant where they’re steamed for you!
Visiting Historical Landmarks
If you’re not a warm-weather person, the fall presents the perfect time to get out and adventure! With gorgeous weather and crisp fall air, walking around Outer Banks historical landmarks is absolutely pleasant. From climbing the lighthouses to visiting the Wright Brothers Memorial, getting outside during the fall on the OBX is a must.