Duck Things To Do including Southern Shores
The beach is the primary place for Duck recreation and Southern Shores outdoor fun, whether it’s swimming, surfing, fishing, sea kayaking, walking or just lazing in the sun. But don’t overlook the soundside. The Currituck Sound is the perfect place to fish, sail, paddle a canoe or kayak, Parasail, Jet Ski and windsurf. Several Duck outfitters offer kayak tours and watersports equipment rentals on the sound.
Other than watersports, recreation in Duck, NC, is pretty low key. There’s a paved bike path along N.C. Highway 12/Duck Road through Southern Shores and Duck that’s perfect for biking, jogging, walking and strolling babies. If your kids are looking for somewhere to skate, you might want to take them up to Island Revolution Skate Park in Corolla, (252) 453-9484, instead of turning them loose on the bike path.
Note that beach driving is not allowed anywhere on Duck beaches.
We give the address for many Duck recreation businesses as Duck Road, which is the same road as N.C. Highway 12.
- 1174 Duck Road
- (252) 261-9709
Aqua Spa blends waterfront serenity with a nurturing spa experience. The expert service providers will guide you with healing massage, Ayurvedic treatments, massage cupping, organic facials, waxing, mineral makeup and a natural nail salon. Bridal parties can toast to new beginnings overlooking the water while getting nails and faces perfected to honor the day. Couples find solace with relaxing treatments. Don’t forget lunch, dinner or cocktails at Aqua Restaurant downstairs — it really is heaven here.
- 1200 Duck Road, downtown on the sound side
- (252) 255-1286
Be sure to visit the Duck Town Park and Boardwalk. This is a fabulous 11-acre, soundside green space that’s tucked into the commercial district of Duck. The soundside boardwalk connects the town’s commercial Village and extends nearly a mile along the Currituck Sound. Park amenities include an amphitheater, the Town Green, playground, public kayak/canoe launch, crabbing area, picnic shelter, walking trails through the maritime forest and accesses to the Duck Boardwalk. The park is pet friendly and provides a doggie water fountain near the playground area. Free concerts, performances, yoga on the Green, movies and story hours are held here in the summer months. For a complete, up-to-the-minute list of events happening in Duck Town Park (and throughout the Outer Banks), go to www.OuterBanksThisWeek.com, visit www.townofduck.com or call the events hotline at the number above. Be sure to use the #DuckNC tag on all photos and social media posts.
- Duck Road
- (252) 255-0664
One of many Kitty Hawk Kites Watersports Centers on the Outer Banks, this one is on the sound near Wee Winks Square in Duck. You can ride Waverunners, parasail, go wakeboarding/waterskiing/tubing, book a kayak tour, or rent a kayak or stand-up paddleboard to glide around on your own. You can also have fun on a Segway tour of the Corolla area or book a surfing lesson. You can rent boogie boards and surfboards here, too. Call (252) 441-4124 or (877) FLY-THIS for reservations. The on-site store sells toys, kites, flags, Ts and sweats, souvenirs, pirate paraphernalia and other fun stuff.
- 1314 Duck Road
- (252) 261-2900
Nor’Bank’s friendly staff, professional service, modern equipment and gorgeous location make it a popular site for northern Outer Banks Water Sports. They offer something for everyone including waverunner rentals, parasailing, tubing, wakeboarding, water skiing, kayaking, paddleboarding and surfing lessons. They are also the home of sailing on the Outer Banks with a rental fleet of more than 30 sailboats, a US Sailing sailing school and youth sailing camps. New for 2014, they are now offering SUP and kayak ecotours of the Pine Island Audubon Sanctuary.
- 1194 Duck Road
- (252) 261-4346
Ocean Atlantic Rentals is the ultimate vacation rental store. They rent many of the necessities, like baby gear, beach umbrellas, grills, linens, rollaway beds, wheel chairs, life jackets, etc. Plus they rent the fun stuff, such as surfboards and bikes for the whole family. Kayaks and standup paddleboards (SUPs) are also available and can be launched right at the sound front location. OAR has an always-growing selection of wedding supplies, including chairs and tents. Delivery and pick-up is available.
- Various Meeting Places in Kitty Hawk, Duck, Corolla & Roanoke Island
- (252) 722-2229
Outer Banks Restaurant Tours offers walking and driving tours to some of the finest restaurants on the Outer Banks. These tours offer participants a one-of-a-kind opportunity to meet restauranteurs and chefs, to learn about what makes each restaurant unique and to taste signature dishes paired with a sampling of wine or beer. Each tour is comprised of three or more restaurants that are in close geographic proximity to each other. Most of their tours are walking tours, but for others the participants will be transported from restaurant to restaurant. Tours run from Memorial Day through Labor Day on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and prices range from $45 to $60 per person. So, for the price of a dinner at one restaurant you have the opportunity to sample the offerings at three or four! Their website has more information about the specific restaurants and times. Whichever you choose, you will be delighted — just be sure to bring your appetite!
- 1264 Duck Road, behind Sunset Grille and Raw Bar
- (252) 261-1839
Sunset Watersports rents Waverunners, pontoon boats, kayaks, standup paddleboards (SUP’s) and center console boats and offers Parasailing. It’s located behind Sunset Grille and Raw Bar at the gazebo at the end of their nice, new pier. Join them for a sunset cruise on one of their spacious pontoon boats. Sunset Watersports is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in season.
Coastal Kayak Touring Company
- 1240 Duck Road, at North Beach Outfitters
- (252) 441-3393
You haven’t seen the Outer Banks until you’ve seen it from the water, and Coastal Kayak can take you there. They offer trips to four different areas of the Outer Banks: Pine Island Audubon Sanctuary (between Corolla and Duck), Kitty Hawk Woods, Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge on Hatteras Island and the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge on the Dare County mainland. The Pine Island trip on the Currituck Sound, is the closest to Duck. Tours last two to three hours. The guides offer kayaking instruction if you need it, plus they narrate about the local history and ecology along the way. Single and tandem kayaks are available. Stand up paddleboard (SUP) tours are available at Pine Island Audubon Sanctuary and Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. Children are welcome as long they are at least 30 pounds, but certain trips are better for kids than others. Reservations are required.
Corolla Wild Horse Museum Store
- 1177 Duck Road, Scarborough Faire, Suite 32
- (252) 453-8002
The Corolla Wild Horse Museum is a mission-related store for the Corolla Wild Horse Fund (CWHF). The CWHF is responsible for the conservation and management of the wild Spanish Mustangs in the Corolla, NC. Here, you can become a member of the organization, make a reservation for a “Trip of a Lifetime” to see and learn about the horses or buy a special gift for the horse lover in your life! On Wednesdays (May 28-September 10) from 2 to 5 p.m. kids can meet and ride a rescued and gentled formerly wild mustang! Donation to ride is $6, weather permitting. All proceeds benefit the care and protection of the wild horses roaming the beaches and dunes north of Corolla.
Diving in Duck
- Outer Banks
There are no opportunities for scuba diving in Duck, but if you’re into the sport, see our Nags Head, Roanoke Island and Hatteras sites.
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The small seaside town of Duck is a popular beach destination for good reason. The 7 miles of private beaches are wide and uncrowded, the town offers a variety of upscale accommodations and the charming self-contained village is full of top-notch restaurants and shops. And, with an extensive biking/walking trail and quiet side streets, Duck is one of those places where you can ditch the car and get around on bike or foot.
Duck is a shopping and dining destination even for those who are staying elsewhere on the Outer Banks. You could easily spend a day shopping in Duck, and the dining options are some of the best on the Outer Banks. Watersports are also big in Duck, especially on the Currituck Sound. Duck’s main attraction is its soundfront Duck Town Park, complete with a playground, kayak launch, soundside boardwalk and amphitheater. This is the heart of the village, and the Town of Duck fills the park with activities in the summer. The popular Duck Jazz Festival is held in the park in October.
- 1211 Duck Road, Duck Commons
- (252) 261- 0356
Tucked into Duck Commons near Sweet T’s and Outer Banks Real Estate Group, Duck Cycle is a friendly place to rent bike shop-quality cruisers for the whole family, including baby seats and child trailers. Duck Cycle has recently added kayaks, surf, skim and body boards as well as standup paddleboards for your vacation fun. Looking for something a bit more laid back? Duck Cycle now has cornhole! Offering daily and weekly rates, they also deliver from Duck to Nags Head. If you have a need for speed and you’re looking to rent a road bike, you’ll find one at their other location, Kitty Hawk Cycle Company.
Duck Village Outfitters
- 1207 Duck Road
- (252) 261-7222
In addition to being a great village surf shop, Duck Village Outfitters offers bicycle, kayak, surf, SUP and beach-gear rentals, including body and skim boards and wetsuits. They offer two-hour, nature-watching kayak tours in the waters around Kitty Hawk Woods, about 10 minutes from Duck. The guide will meet you there with all the needed equipment, and you can choose from single or double kayaks. DVO also offers two-hour surf lessons, board included, in which you can learn the fundamentals of the sport with an experienced instructor. If you rent kayaks here by the hour, you can launch them across the street at Duck Park.
Eden Day Spa & Salon
- 1245 Duck Road
- (252) 255-0711
Whether you want a full day of pampering or a quick hair cut, Eden Day Spa & Salon can fill the bill. This full-service salon offers massage therapy, European facials, makeup application, pedicures, manicures, hair treatments and a full menu of head-to-toe spa treatments. Wedding preparation is their specialty, and group appointments and spa packages are available.
Kitty Hawk Kayak & Surf School
- MP 1, 6150 N. Croatan Highway
- (252) 261-0145, (866) 702-5061
Enjoy a kayak tour to some of the finest flatwater kayaking destinations on the Outer Banks. Kitty Hawk Kayak and Surf School offers multiple specialty tours across the Outer Banks, including tours in Kitty Hawk Woods, ocean paddling, night paddling at the Alligator River and Pea Island National Wildlife Refuges and in Kitty Hawk, Nags Head and Corolla. New this year is a night-time Bioluminessence Tour in Nags Head. Surf kayak and standup paddleboard lessons and rentals are also available. Ask about the overnight trips on the Roanoke River and their Coastal Explorer Camps for kids with field trips, surfing lessons and kayaking. The Surf School offers daily lessons and three-day surf camps throughout the summer plus yoga and surf retreats during the fall and spring. Surfboards are available for rent as well. All instructors and guides are ACA and NSSIA certified. The friendly, professional staff promises your entire family will have fun.
Kitty Hawk Kayaks
- MP 1, 6150 N. Croatan Highway
- (252) 261-0145 or (866) 702-5061
Enjoy a kayak tour to some of the finest flat-water kayaking destinations on the Outer Banks. Kitty Hawk Kayaks offers multiple specialty tours across the Outer Banks, including tours in Kitty Hawk Woods, Nags Head Woods (hike and paddle), Roanoke Island, Alligator River and Pea Island National Wildlife Refuges and in Corolla. Kayak rentals are also available. Ask about the overnight trips on the Roanoke River and their Coastal Explorer Camps for kids with field trips, surfing lessons and kayaking. The Surf School offers daily lessons and three-day surf camps throughout the summer. You can also take surf kayak lessons and ACA-certified kayak lessons. The friendly, professional staff promise your entire family will have fun.
Kitty Hawk Surf Co.
- 1213 Duck Road, Wee Winks Square
- (252) 261-8787
Sporty, outdoorsy types love the selection at Kitty Hawk Surf Co. Here you’ll find all the hot surf-apparel brands like Quicksilver, Roxy, Volcom, Billabong, Peace Frog and more. And check out hot new Kitty Hawk Surf Co. branded apparel. They sell swimsuits, T-shirts, clothing, shoes, sunglasses and accessories for the outdoor lifestyle, plus water equipment like kayaks, bodyboards, surfboards, stand-up paddleboards and more.
North Duck Watersports
- 1446 Duck Road
- (252) 261-4200
When you’re ready to get on the water, head to North Duck Watersports. It’s on the sound at the north end of Duck, near the border of the Sanderling community. This is the original and longest-running watersports company on the northern Outer Banks. They rent four-stroke Waverunners, kayaks, pontoon boats, sailboats and windsurfing gear. Lessons or instruction are available if you need them. North Duck Watersports also offers Parasailing trips that allow you to soar high over the Currituck Sound.
Outer Banks Sporting Events
- 2004 S. Croatan Highway, Kill Devil Hills
- (252) 255-6273
Outer Banks Sporting Events is a local nonprofit that produces four annual events: The TowneBank Outer Banks Marathon & Southern Fried Half Marathon, The Flying Pirate Half Marathon & First Flight 5K, Storm the Beach (the only obstacle course on the beach) and the SAGA Outer Banks Triathlon. TowneBank Outer Banks Marathon Weekend is held each Veteran’s Day weekend, with this years dates November 8 and 9, 2014. This weekend has something for everyone. On Saturday there is a 10K, 5K and Family Fun Run. Sunday completes the weekend with a full 26.2 mile Marathon from Kitty Hawk to Manteo and a 13.1 Half Marathon from Nags Head to Manteo, including a 10K fun run named the Southern 6. The TowneBank Outer Banks Marathon is the North Carolina USA Track & Field State Championship race and a Boston Marathon Qualifier. The Flying Pirate Half Marathon & First Flight 5K will be held May 3 and 4, 2014 (April 18 and 19, 2015). This 13.1 mile course runs from Kitty Hawk to Nags Head finishing with a Pirate Jamboree! OBSE’s newest event is Storm the Beach, which includes three distances run on the beach together with challenging obstacles. The SAGA Outer Banks Triathlon is held on Roanoke Island near the NC Aquarium. It is scheduled September 13 and 14, 2014, and includes Sprint, Olympic and Half distances. One hundred percent of net proceeds from these events support the Outer Banks Relief Foundation and the Dare Education Foundation. Participating in these events is to truly “Run for a Reason.”
For more information about Outer Banks Sporting Events and their four great events visit: www.obxse.org.
Outer Banks Surf Shop
- 1176 Duck Road
- (252) 261-2907
Outer Banks Surf Shop offers two-hour surf lessons and provides all the equipment you’ll need. They also rent and sell surfboards, paddleboards, body boards and skim boards. And, for all the skaters, they offer a huge selection of equipment such as blanks, completes, trucks, wheels, safety gear and longboards.
- 1461 Duck Road, north of Duck
- (252) 261-4111, (855) 773-6857
This exclusive resort has a world-class spa offering an amazing menu of spa treatments. With a tranquil view of the Currituck Sound, you can indulge in massage therapy, facials, body wraps and treatments, manicures, pedicures, hair and makeup treatments and a spa lunch. Packages are available. A favorite Signature Treatment is a massage on the outside gazebo, where you can take in the beauty of your surroundings. The Spa also offers yoga classes seasonally. Bridal packages are available. The spa is open daily to the public.
Sharky’s Bait, Tackle & Charters
- 1245 Duck Road, Barrier Island Station
- (252) 255-BAIT
Sharky’s offers a large selection of rods, reels, tackle and lures. They have fresh and frozen bait, including crab bait and supplies, and a selection of sharp T-shirts, hats and beach supplies. They offer personalized customer service, North Carolina fishing licenses, surf fishing clinics, rod and reel rentals, and the staff will even give you instructions and tips on how and where to catch fish and crabs. Want to book a fishing charter? Sharky’s has trips for beginners, family groups and experienced anglers. Try offshore, Inshore, ocean wreck, Gulf Stream, shark or sound charters. Half- to full-day charters, custom and make-up trips are available, in addition to head boat fishing, you can dolphin watches and sunset cruises.
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- Southern Shores
The Town of Southern Shores, situated between Duck and Kitty Hawk, is predominantly residential. It’s made up mostly of year-round residents, but the town welcomes vacationers with nice accommodations near the ocean and a paved biking/walking trail that extends the length of the town. With much of its natural vegetation left intact, Southern Shores is a beautiful town. On the west side of town, dense maritime forest of live oaks and pines makes for a cool, shady area that feels far from the ocean. Southern Shores offers a handful of shops and restaurants, but its bordering towns offer many more options for shopping and dining as well as recreation. The town is home to the Duck Woods Country Club golf course.
The Bead Shop
- 1187 Duck Road, Loblolly Pines Shopping Center
- (252) 255-0766
When you walk into the Bead Shop you know right away that you are going to have fun. Everywhere you look there is something to catch your eye, and the space is full of creatively arranged local art, tapestries, jewelry displays and, of course, beads. If you’re a serious beader and jewelry maker or maybe just looking for a way to entertain yourself and the kids one afternoon, The Bead Shop is the perfect stop. They have thousands of beads plus all the supplies you need to make necklaces, bracelets, anklets and earrings. Stock up on supplies to take home—they will even put a kit together just for you—or hang out and make your jewelry in the store with the assistance of the staff.
- 1177 Duck Road, Scarborough Faire
- (910) 523-1980, (252) 202-4582
Located upstairs in the Scarborough Faire shopping center, Duck Village Yoga offers a variety of yoga classes daily, weekend workshops and seasonal retreats and trainings. Duck Village Yoga also can bring yoga to you by creating private or group classes on the beach or in your vacation home. On Saturdays and Sundays starting in the spring, Village Yoga offers an all levels yoga by donation class, accepting canned foods for the local food bank, cash and check as donations. Seniors, locals, students and teachers of Dare and Currituck counties all receive discounted class rates.
Wooden Feather Wildlife Gallery
- 1171 Duck Road, Scarborough Lane Shoppes
- (252) 261-2808
The wildlife of the Outer Banks is captured in original wood carvings, paintings and photography at this unique gallery. The Wooden Feather showcases the exceptional work of more than 85 regional and nationally recognized artists and artisans. From the realistic to the whimsical, American artistic ingenuity is just the beginning. You’ll find delightful gifts and home and garden accents too.