Ocracoke's proud history, easy access to nearby islands, and friendly locals make this a great vacation destination. Your best bet for stylish boutiques and trendy restaurants is to head down Main Street, but don't limit yourself to just this one street, be sure to explore all that the town has to offer.
Here are a few suggestions of things to do in Ocracoke:
-Ocracoke Lighthouse: This beautiful lighthouse was built almost 200 years ago, and is now one of the oldest lighthouses in the U.S. that is still in active services.
-Ocracoke Preservation Museum: Located on the National Register of Historic Places, the rooms here are furnished with island antiques and feature a regularly rotating lineup of exhibits.
-Portsmouth Island: This uninhabited village is filled with historical coastal architecture and can easily be explored by foot in an afternoon.
In addition to live music and speakers most nights of the week, Ocracoke has a series of major events held throughout the year that bring the community together. Enjoy the music and storytelling extravaganza known as the Ocracoke Festival in June, take part in the bike races during the Outer Banks Bike Week in April, or enjoy the cultural dances and games at the Frisco Native American Museum's Inter Tribal Pow Wow in May.
Take advantage of Ocracoke's natural beauty with a vacation rental. Rent a luxury condo just steps from all the restaurants and shopping in town, or choose a luxury home near the ocean that will be the perfect setting for your dream wedding.
If you're looking for other attractions during your stay, Ocracoke is a great spot to use as a base for exploring the rest of the Outer Banks region. The laid-back community in Winston-Salem and the historical attractions of Big Rapids are excellent day trip options that can both be reached within 90 minutes by car.
As featured in USA TODAY and recommended by Travel + Leisure in its annual Villa Guide:
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