Summer has rolled in and we are here to bring you the top things to do on the Outer Banks this summer! The beach isn’t the only place to hang out on a warm summer day. There are a multitude of activities for the whole family to enjoy up and down the coast of the Outer Banks. Check out our list of things to do this summer below.

1. Sunrise Yoga on the Beach

Join us every week day at 7:30 am for sunrise yoga. Susie Nelson, certified yoga instructor, will guide you through the motions of sunrise yoga overlooking the beach.  We offer a unique touch to Yoga on the Beach, as it is offered on our Observation Deck with a teakwood deck overlooking the ocean. All levels welcome. A calming experience to set the mood for your vacation!

2. Duck Happenings

Whether its a walk through Scarborough Faire or a stroll down the Duck Waterfront Boardwalk, there are always sights to see, places to shop, and food to be eaten. Only a bike ride away from Sanderling Resort, it’s the perfect place to spend an afternoon.

3. Whalehead Wednesdays

Enjoy live music, wine, and cornhole in Historic Corolla Park at the Whalehead Club every Wednesday throughout the summer. Grab a blanket for this family friendly event and enjoy live music while watching the blissful sunset over the Currituck Sound.

4. The Lost Colony

Celebrating it’s 80th season, the Lost Colony is the nation’s premier and longest running symphonic drama. Relive the history of the Lost Colony, as over 130 dancers, technicians, designers, and volunteers bring the story to life every summer right where the original story took place. Get your ticket today!

5. Outer Banks Running Company

From 5Ks to Fun Runs there is a race for serious runners to casual walkers with Outer Banks Running Company each week during the summer in Corolla, Nags Head and Avon.   Get the entire family up on Wednesday morning for the Lighthouse 5K at Historic Whalehead. Who said running isn’t fun?! Check out their summer schedule and register here.

6. Sunset Festival – Jockey’s Ridge

Join Kitty Hawk Kites at their Jockey’s Ridge Crossing location at the East Coast’s largest Sand Dune.  The free family-friendly nightly events are from 6pm – 9pm.  See the full summer schedule here.

7. Sanctuary Vineyard Cruises

Take a 30-45 minute trip over to Jarvisburg from the Village of Duck  via boat to visit Sanctuary Vineyards for a unique vineyard tour and tasting through Kitty Hawk Kites. Upon arrival on land, take a ride in an open air 4X4 safari vehicle up to the vineyard where a sommelier will delve into the details of wine making.  Spots fill up fast – make your reservation today!


8. Lighthouse Adventures

It’s not a trip to the Outer Banks if you don’t visit at least one of four historic lighthouses on our beautiful coast! Climb to the top of the Currituck, Bodie Island, or Cape Hatteras Lighthouses to take in the breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and surrounding areas or take a ferry over to Ocracoke Island to visit North Carolina’s oldest lighthouse in operation.

9. Outer Banks Watermelon Festival

Who doesn’t love watermelon on a warm summer day?! Stop by the Outer Banks Watermelon Festival at Jockey’s Ridge Crossing on August 1st to enjoy games, face-painting, eating contests, and lots and lots of watermelon to help raise money for the Outer Banks Bicycle & Pedestrian Safety Coalition. Learn more about the festival here.