For a fanciful look at Blackbeard’s history, visit the Outer Banks Pirate Festival held each September. You can also go kayaking, windsurfing, fishing, swimming, or just collect sand dollars along an endless sparkling, unspoiled white sand beach. Stay at Blackbeard’s Lodge, a charming ocean view hotel in the heart of Ocracoke. There are many fine seafood restaurants, plus over 300 private rentals on Ocracoke island, including motels and historic inns.
Legendary Chincoteague ponies aren’t the only ones on this coast. See the famed “Banker” mustangs on Ocracoke Island, which were left by shipwrecked explorers in the 16th or 17th century, possibly Sir Walter Raleigh. Ocracoke village has over 200 historic structures, a lighthouse and is easily accessible by a quick car ferry ride from Morehead City. Morehead City visitors will be entranced with its historic waterfront area and a new 500 seat performing arts center. There’s plenty of budget-friendly accommodations and entertainment in this historic seafaring area.
Cape Hatteras National Seashore itself offers a multitude of activities. Visit two tall coastal lighthouses, Bodie Island and Cape Hatteras, built in the 1870s in the Outer Banks.
This is one of the few remaining undeveloped coastal barrier island systems in the world. Take a road trip to see national heritage locations all along this coast. The Carolina coast is one of the top 5 U.S. travel destinations.