Now we all know about the Wright Brothers, right? Well if you do not, here's the skinny. Wilbur and Orville Wright from Dayton, Ohio made the 1st successful, sustained, powered flights in an airplane on December 17, 1903. The 1st flight went 120 feet at a speed of 34mph, the brothers switching off for a total of 4 flights and getting use to the controls and getting further each time. The 4th flight was Wilber and went for 59 seconds and a total distance of 852 feet. In 1932 a monument was dedicated to remember the Wright Brother are their wonderful achievement that very windy day.
So visit the museum, the monument and guided tours.
$3.00 - 7 Days
$20 - Annual
16 & under, free
62 & older free with a valid Golden Age Passport, Golden Access Passport, Golden Eagle Passport, or the Annual Wright Brothers Park Passport, enter free.
open 9am-6pm in the summer
9am-5pm the rest of the year.
Because there is less development in Duck than further down the road, the beaches are much less crowded. The natural beauty of the beaches tends to come out up here better than my photo shows. The downside to less crowded beaches is there are fewer, if any, lifeguards on duty. So, use your head for something besides a handy place to hang your teeth. Our time share was not right on the beach like our hotels in which we stayed down the road those first three times, but it was a short walk past the outdoor pool, up the wooden stairway, past the snack bar, and back down. Luc from France and Fernando from Spain went the the beach only here, but saw quite a lot of other things further down the road.
There are five lighthouses in the OBX which can be visited. I have taken pictures of all of them, but I haven't finished all the tips yet.
We went to all of them. (Lighthouses are a little bit one of my 'things') Bodie, Hatteras and Currituck Beach have museums. Currituck Beach can be climbed. Roanoke Marshes is a reproduction - not the original.
Currituck Beach Lighthouse (in Corolla - this is the closest and is north of Duck)
Bodie Island Lighthouse (on Bodie Island - the next one going south)
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse (on Hatteras Island)
Ocracoke Lighthouse (in Ocracoke - the fartherest south and accessible only via ferry)
The Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse (on Roanoke Island)
There are various sights and attractions near to Duck. These are the ones we visited).
Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Roanoke Island attractions including the Elizabethan Gardens, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, the Settlement Site at Festival Park, the Adventure Museum at Festival Park and the North Carolina Aquarium
Roanoke Island Festival Park and North Carolina Maritime Museum (and The Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse) in Manteo on Roanoke Island
Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge
The Whalehead Club and Old Corolla Village
Wanchese Seafood Industrial Park
Wright Brothers Memorial
This sand is made for walkin': smooth, light gray, plenty of elbow room at high tide.
From where we were staying in Duck, we could walk across the dunes right onto the beach. In most places there are walkways and stairs that are built over the dunes so that people do not damage the grasses that hold the sand in place. There were two such walkways that we could see from the deck of our unit.
I didn't walk on the beach but I saw some few others (other than gulls) that did. People also fly kites on the beach (see last photo), or fish, or sit on the deck and watch the waves.
You must go visit the Currituck Lighthouse while in the Outer Banks. Just take Route 12 norht toward Corolla, you will take it almost to the end abd you will see the lighthouse on your left. Make sure you bring your camera on this ride as you will want to take many photos. It's kind of hard to get a good view of the whole lighthouse in your photo due to all the trees. This is a beautiful old brick lighthouse with great views at the top. For more history on the lighthouses of the Outer Banks please see my Lighthouses of the East Coast albem on our front page. I have gathered alot of history on all the lighthouses on the Outer Banks of North Carolina with websites and phone numbers.
Beach, beach, beach. We like to look for sand crabs and the funny little clams that burrow their way back into the sand after you dig them up. The kids like to build the critters sand castles.
Sometimes, these jellyfish show up that don't sting (as long as they don't have red on them, you're able to catch them even by hand). Coming from California where I never met a jellyfish that didn't sting, it was hard for me to touch the first one. They have an interesting feel like hard jello.