Fall on the Outer Banks is something spectacular. From the amazing weather and gorgeous beach days to the freshest seafood you’ll ever taste, there’s so much to see and do! Check out our 7-day Fall Lovers Journey and discover something new on the Outer Banks.
DAY 1: DISCOVER MANTEO
The Town of Manteo has a rich history dating back to 1584. It is home to the mystery of the Lost Colony of 1587 and is home to the first English child to be born in America. Downtown Manteo is home to great local shopping, dining, history, and views that will take your breath away. Take advantage of the cool, fall weather on the Outer Banks and discover Manteo.
Image via outerbanks.com
DAY 2: BUT FIRST, COFFEE
Fall means coffee season! Front Porch Cafe serves locally brewed coffee all along the Outer Banks. With locations in Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, and Manteo, you can get your fall coffee fix anywhere on the Outer Banks! Grab a coffee and a home made pastry and head to the beach to watch the sunrise. The perfect start to a fall day on the Outer Banks.
Image via Front Porch Cafe
DAY 3: BEACH DAY
Outer Banks in the fall equals low humidity and cooler nights. However, the days are just as gorgeous as they are in the summer time! With the temperature ranging from the low 80’s and ocean temps at around the mid 70’s, the beach is calling and you definitely must go! Plus, with the influx of summer visitors long gone, the beaches are practically empty. Grab your beach chair, your bathing suit, and some sunscreen and find your paradise.
Play time at the beach
DAY 4: CAST OUT A LINE
Fall brings different fish for you to catch and eat! Cast out a line on one of the many Outer Banks fishing piers, out in the surf, or even on a charter! Fish like black drum, bluefish, cobia, flounder, and many more are the best fish in season! Fall is a fisherman’s paradise on the Outer Banks, just make sure you’re up to date on North Carolina fishing rules and regulations.
Surf Fishing in Nags Head
DAY 5: LIGHTHOUSES
Now that the humid and blistering summer weather is gone, outdoor activities are much more enjoyable on the Outer Banks. Use this opportunity to check out the Lighthouses of the Outer Banks! Climbing will be a fun experience with the crisp breeze flowing. You might even be able to tackle more than one lighthouse in a day!
Bodie Island Lighthouse
DAY 6: ISLAND FARM
Step back in time to 1847 at Island Farm in Manteo! Island Farm is a historical park showing what life was like on Roanoke Island in the 19th century. Learn how to blacksmith, different period recipes, and even participate in fall activities. The Pumpkin Patch is weekly on Saturdays in October and evening lantern tours run the first weekend in November!
Carriage Ride at Island Farm // Image via Island Farm
DAY 7: SEAFOOD SEASON
Fall brings oyster season on the Outer Banks. If you’ve never had fresh, local Outer Banks oysters, boy are you missing out! Different local restaurants like Lone Cedar and Tale of the Whale, offer fresh fall seafood dishes for you to indulge in. If you’re into making your own meal homemade, seafood markets like O’Neal’s and Austin’s are happy to supply you with a fresh bushel of oysters for you to prepare for your family and friends!
Fried Oysters // Image via Basnight’s Lone Cedar