The Snow Geese South neighborhood has a private beach access and a sound access for residents and guests. Further up the road, the Town of Duck has a dog- and child-friendly park with playground, and an extensive sound-side boardwalk for walking, watching the sunset, and visiting the local shops and a variety of highly-rated restaurants. The town green and amphitheater host free events all season long. Duck is one of the more dog-friendly towns in the Outer Banks, and well-behaved dogs are welcome on the beach and throughout the town.
There are opportunities for outdoor recreation up and down the Outer Banks. Fishing is a popular local sport, whether from Jennette’s Pieror from a commercial charter. Golfers can choose from several courses. And a bike trailruns down the length of the Outer Banks (Map of Corolla to Nags Headand Map of Hatteras and Manteo).
There are also stretches of unspoiled nature to enjoy. TheCape Hatteras National Seashore, the country's first national seashore, is open for visitors to enjoy the serene beauty. Jockey’s Ridge State Park, which visitors can climb, is the largest sand dune on the East Coast. Just north of Duck, the Pine Island Audubon Sanctuaryoffers opportunities for hiking and kayaking. Visitors interested in seeing the famous wild horses, which are now kept north of the developed Outer Banks for their safety, can arrange for a tour through the non-profit Corolla Wild Horse Fundor other tour company. Options for a rainy day include the aquariumin Manteo and the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Educationin Corolla.
The Outer Banks is famous for its lighthouses, which are usually open for visitors to climb (but check on hours and regulations). North of Duck is the Currituck Beach Light Station, and the newly-opened Bodie Island Light Station and the iconic Cape Hatteras Light Station are to the south. The Ocracoke Light Station, which guided ships into harbor rather than warning them off the shoals, is on Ocracoke Island, accessible by ferry.
Those with an interest in history can explore the unique heritage of the Outer Banks. The long-running play The Lost Colony gives one perspective on the disappearance of the Roanoke Colony. Nearby, The Island Farm recreates the live of a nineteenth-century farm family on Manteo. The elegantly restored Whalehead Club in Corolla was built as a luxurious retreat for a wealthy northerner in the 1920s. In Duck, Duck's Cottage, now a coffee and bookstore, is housed in one of the original hunt clubs, also built in the 1920s.