2400 N. Croatan Hwy, Suite D PO Box 2539
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
Phone 252-441-0614 Fax 252-441-3580

Recreation, Cultural Activities & Community Resources

Cape Hatteras National Seashore Cape Hatteras National Seashore

1401 National Park Drive
Manteo, NC 27954

Cape Hatteras National Seashore is open year round. All park visitor centers are open from 9 am to 5 pm, September Through May (Except Christmas) and 9 am to 6 pm in summer. Each hosts a full scope of ranger-led programs that are available on a regular basis from mid-June through mid-August. Check out the Cape Hatteras National Seashore website for current schedules & details.

Bodie Island Visitor Center - 252-441-5711

  • Located approximately 6 miles south of Whalebone Junction on NC 12

  • Contains interesting exhibits on the history of the lighthouse and the families who tended it

  • A wonderful spot for birding, crabbing, and walking through a salt marsh ecosystem

Hatteras Island Visitor Center -252-995-4474
  • Located at Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in Buxton

  • Contains a variety of exhibits on park themes and the history of Hatteras Island

  • Staff are available to answer questions

Ocracoke Visitor Center 252-928-4531
  • Located on Ocracoke Island

  • Exhibits on natural and cultural history of Ocracoke Island and Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Eligibility: Open to all.

Fees: Contact For current fees

Dare County Arts Council (DCAC)

P.O. Box 2300
Manteo, NC 27954

The mission of the Dare County Arts Council (DCAC) is to nurture, provide and support the arts, encouraging excellence in all areas of the arts in Dare County. DCAC works with the DC Public Schools and Department of Parks and Recreation to provide artistic opportunities and experiences to the youth of Dare County. Contact DCAC for more information or visit their website to learn about current art happenings and events.

Eligibility: Open to all.

Fees: Contact the DCAC for membership information.

Dare County Dance Program Dare County Department of Parks & Recreation


The Dare County Dance Program offers instruction in ballet, tap, modern, and Pointe, for beginning to advanced dancers from pre-school (age3) through high school. Classes are taught at the Lions Club at Wescott Park on Roanoke Island, the dance studio at the Dare County Youth Center in, Kill Devil Hills, and at the Fessenden Center in Buxton. Classes are offered for those who wish to dance simply for recreation as well as the more serious dancer seeking competitive opportunities and preparation for college classes. The primary focus is instilling self-esteem, grace, coordination and the ability to participate in group performances. Classes are offered on a weekly basis over the nine months of the school year. Summer classes are offered when enrollment allows.

Eligibility: Serves ages 3 through 18.

Fees: Cost varies based on the number of classes taken per week.

Dare County Parks & Recreation Dare County Department of Parks & Recreation


The Dare County Parks & Recreation Department offers a variety of seasonal programs for youth and adults. Sports, cultural arts, theatre, and camping trips are just some of the many activities offered. Check their website or call to learn current activities.

Roanoke Island/Mainland Division 475-5910
Lions Club Center at Westcott Park
1000 Westcott Park Road
Manteo, NC 27954

Northern Beach Division 475-5920
Dare County Family Recreation Park
602 Mustian Street
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948

Hatteras Island Division 475-5650
Fessenden Center
PO Box 859
Buxton, NC 27920

Eligibility: Programs for all starting at age 3.

Fees: Contact for current fees and program schedules.

Dare County Parks and Recreation Alpine Tower & Climbing Wall Program Dare County Parks and Recreation

602 Mustian St.
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948

Alpine Tower Program is a ropes course designed to build skill in teamwork, trust, fun, cooperation, communication, and respect for others. Facilitators are well-trained and safety-conscious and can provide a memorable experience for your youth group, class, business and other organizations. The tower can also be used for individuals and presents the same challenges as rock climbing and high ropes course elements.

Eligibility: Serves interested individuals & groups.

Fees: Contact Charlotte Midgett at 252-475-5920 for more information and current fee schedules.

Dare County Youth Center

602 Mustian Street
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948

Dare County Youth Center offers programs for middle school and high school aged students after school, evenings, and during the summer. The Youth Center is a program of Dare County Parks & Recreation.

Eligibility: Serves middle and high school aged children. Youngsters 5th grade and under must be accompanied by an adult. Membership forms are available at the Youth Center.

Fees: There is no cost to be a member. Programs and activities have nominal registration fees.

Frisco Native American Museum & Natural History Center

P.O. Box 399
Frisco, NC 27936

Located in the village of Frisco in a building with a long and varied history, the Frisco Native American Museum & Natural History Center contains a nationally recoqnized collection of Native American artifacts, exhibits, and natural history displays. Galleries filled with native art include information on Native Americans across the Untited States as well as artifacts from the first inhabitants of Hatteras Island. Designed as a NC Environmental Education Center, the museum also includes several acres of nature trails winding through lush maritime forest. A spacious pavilion overlooks salt-marsh water and provides an ideal spot for special workshops and programs.

Eligibility: Open to all.

Fees: Contact for current fees and program schedules.

Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum

59200 Museum Drive
PO Box 284, Hatteras, NC 27943 (next to the ferry docks)

Description: Over the past 400 years, 2000 ships have been lost in the treacherous waters off Hatteras and Ocracoke, an area known as the "Graveyard of the Atlantic". The museum showcases the maritime heritage of the Outer Banks and its people.

Eligibility: Open to all.

Fees: No fees- donations accepted

KDH Cooperative Gallery & Studios

502 S. Croatan Hwy
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948

The KDH Cooperative is an artist operated gallery featuring art made by local artists on the Outer Banks. Creative art classes offered for children, teens and adults throughout the year.

Eligibility: Gallery is open to all. Classes offered for children, teens & adults.

Fees: Contact for current fees and program schedules.

Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve

701 West Ocean Acres Drive
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948

The Nature Conservancy's mission is to preserve plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protacting the lands and waters they need to survive. The Nature Conservancy has developed more than five miles of hiking trails that lead through many of the most interesting areas in the forest. The Sweet Gum Swamp Trail carries you up and over a number of high sand ridges. The Blueberry Ridge Trail leads you alongside a rich maritime shrub swamp. The Roanoke Trail goes to the marshes and estuarine waters along the western edge of the ecosystem. Trails are open to the public from dawn until dust and a trail map is available at the visitor center. We hope you come and enjoy exploring this special natural area and leave with a deeper appreciation for its diversity.

Eligibility: Open to all. (Pets are not allowed on the trails but visitors can walk their leashed pets along the dirt road known as Old Nags Head Woods Rd, which runs through the Nags Head Woods Preserve and will still allow you to enjoy the beauty of the preserve.)

Fees: There is no fee required.

Fort Raleigh National Historic Site National Park Service

1401 National Park Dr.
Manteo, NC 27954

Fort Raleigh National Historic Site marks the first English attempt at colonization in the "New World." Attractions include:

  • The Lindsay Warren Visitor Center, which features The Elizabethan Room; artifacts excavated from the site; exhibits about the 1584-1587 voyages; and copies of watercolors by John White, governor of Roanoke Colony

  • A restored earthen fort believed to have been initially constructed during the 1585 voyage

  • The Thomas Harriot Nature Trail, a quarter-mile earthen path with interpretive signs

  • Memorial Stone for Virginia Dare, first English child born in the New World

  • The Waterside Theatre, home of America's longest-running outdoor drama, The Lost Colony (produced during summer months only; call 252-473-3414 for admission fees and reservations)

  • The nearby Elizabethan Gardens operated by the Garden Club of North Carolina, features flora to memorialize the efforts of the colonists (call 252-473-3234 for current hours and admission fees)

Eligibility: Open to all.

Fees: There are no fees to enter Fort Raleigh National Historic Site. The grounds remain open during daylight hours.

Wright Brothers National Memorial National Park Service

Mile Post 7.5 on Croatan Hwy
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948

The Wright Brothers National Memorial includes museum exhibits, a book store, ranger conducted programs, reconstructed camp buildings, first flight trail area and the memorial pylon. All programs are handicapped accessible. The park is open everyday except Christmas.

Eligibility: Open to all.

Fees: Minimal admission fee covers entry to the park and all programs. Free admission for school groups and those 16 and under.

NC Aquarium

374 Airport Road
P.O. Box 967, Manteo, NC 27954

The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island is one of the three state aquariums along our coast. The aquarium is designed to promote an awareness, understanding, and appreciation of coastal North Carolina's natural resources. There is a multitude of educational activities going on daily at the Aquarium, as well as special programs for kids and families. Visit our interactive website for dates, times, and details. To inquire about special activities like fish printing, craft projects, birthday parties and our ever-popular seafood series call 252-473-3494 ext 232. Special activities require a separate fee and advance registration.

Eligibility: Open to all.

Fees: Contact for current fees and program schedules.

Jockey's Ridge State Park NC Division of Parks and Recreation

P.O. Box 592
Nags Head, NC 27959

Jockey's Ridge State Park has the highest sand dune on the Atlantic coast. Shifting sands, high winds, extreme temperatures, and a lack of water make the park resemble barren environments such as the Sahara. The tidal waters of the Roanoke Sound, the western boundary of the park, are a rich habitat for a variety of plant and animal life. Activities offered include:

  • Educational and interpretive programs
  • Hang gliding with a USGHA card (Must obtain permit through park office)

  • Hiking and picnicking

  • Museum, auditorium and gift Shop

  • Sandboarding from October 1 through March 31 at a designated site (Must have a permit and parental permission to sandboard)

Visitor center, museum, boardwalk and overlook is accessible for those with physical disabilities and guided ATV rides for persons with disabilities are available through reservations made at least 24 hours in advance.

Eligibility: Open to all.

Fees: No admission charge.

Outer Banks Family YMCA

3000 S. Croatan Hwy
Nags Head, NC 27959

YMCA programs encourage positive behavior in the areas of physical fitness, nutrition, weight management and stress management, as well as constructive relationships with others. Based on an approach concerned with the total person, YMCA's goal is to develop healthy lifestyles.

Eligibility: Open to all members.

Fees: Contact for current fees and program schedules.

Outer Banks Family YMCA Skate Park

3000 S. Croatan Hwy
Nags Head, NC 27959

The 15,000 sq. ft. skate park is the result of the great partnership between the YMCA and the Town of Nags Heads. The skate park is an incredibly popular attraction that includes a cement bowl section and a street section with various elements for skaters of all abilities. The skate park will be open for skateboards, rollerblades, scooters, and bikes (times may vary on access). Please join us from 9am - 11am, on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month for FREE beginner skate lessons. Riders of all ages are invited to join in!

Eligibility: Open to all with a Skate Park Pass. Skaters 17 and under must have legal guardian sign a liability waiver in person or bring a signed and notarized waiver. Skaters 18 years and older must wear a helmet. Skaters 17 years and under must wear helmet, knee, and elbow pads.

Fees: Skate Park Pass is available to all for a fee. Fee varies with membership or residency status. Call or visit website for details.

Endless Possibilities Outer Banks Hotline

105 Budleigh Street
Manteo, NC 27954

Endless Possibilities is an innovative recycling project that utilizes castoff fabric from the Hotline thrift stores. Volunteers learn to weave cast off fabrics into rugs, handbags, clogs, and a variety of products. Endless possibilities offers the promise of economic development and a meeting place for people to work, share ideas and life goals.

Eligibility: Open to all

Fees: Classes available for a small cost.

Roanoke Island Festival Park (RIFP)

252-475-1506 24 hour event line
252-475-1500 Office
One Festival Park, Manteo, NC 27954

Roanoke Island Festival Park is an interactive family attraction that celebrates the first English settlement in America. The centerpiece of the 25-acre island park adjacent to Manteo, is Elizabeth 2nd, a representation of one of the seven English ships from the Roanoke Voyage of 1558. Costumed Elizabethan sailors greet visitors and help them experience sixteenth century seafaring life. Also visit the settlement site, Roanoke Adventure Museum and see the Legend of Two-Path film. In the summer, Roanoke Island Festival Park provides the backdrop for the NC School of the Arts Summer Performance Festival where drama, dance and musical performances are held daily. Additional events are scheduled throughout the year. History Outreach Programs are offered to elementary and middle school students and other organizations.

Eligibility: Open to all.

Fees: Admission is charged. The on-site Art Gallery, fossil pit, Museum store, Outer Banks History Center and marsh-side boardwalks are free and open to all.

Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge US Fish & Wildlife Service

P.O. Box 1969
Manteo, NC 27954

Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, located on the mainland coast of eastern North Carolina, covers more than 152,000 acres. It was established in 1984 to protect unique forested wetland habitats and associated wildlife species. Endangered and threatened species found on the refuge include the American alligator, peregrine falcon, American bald eagle, red wolf, and red-cockaded woodpecker. Spring & Summer offer many interpretive programs and include Guided Canoe Tours.

Eligibility: Open to all

Fees: Most guided tours are at no cost, others vary.

Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge US Fish & Wildlife Service

P.O. Box 1969
Manteo, NC 27954

Located on the north end of Hatteras Island, this refuge was established in 1938 for the protection of wildlife, especially migratory waterfowl. Stretching twelve miles from the Oregon Inlet to Rodanthe, it encompasses 6000 acres of land and 25,700 acres of boundary water of the Pamlico Sound, where hunting is off-limits. Pea Island is named for the wild pea vine which grows there in abundance. Spring & Summer offer many interpretive programs. The Family Canoe Tour is designed especially for kids.

Eligibility: Open to all

Fees: Most guided tours are at no cost, others vary.