Duck Experts

Food

Matt Moretti

"The Duck food discussion begins with Duck Donuts. Imagine a cup of coffee and a still warm, freshly dipped donut in your hand every morning. Get an entire dozen and don’t look back. At The Blue Point you’ll find finer dining, higher prices, and live entertainment on occasion. Fantastic views greet you here as well. For the freshest local ingredients and meals, check out Paper Canoe. The attention to detail on every meal at Aqua Restaurant is worth the higher prices, and i...

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Food

Bob Werner

"Duck is loaded with great restaurants and none are inexpensive.

Kimball's Kitchen is part of the Sanderling Resort and is stellar in everything they do. Floor to ceiling windows give a great view of the Currituck Sound and sunsets. Service and food is outstanding as is the wine list.
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Neighborhood

Bob Werner

"Each neighborhood is different as they are mostly small developed housing areas.

Four Seasons on the south end of town is probably the nicest and the newest development. They have tennis courts and an indoor pool.

Sanderling has a nature trail and pond but the houses are mostly smaller and it looks like the HOA requires owners to paint their house gray or a neutral earth tone, very dull."

Nightlife

Bob Werner

"I doubt that Duck has any nightlife outside of performers at a few restaurants. Possibly the Tiki Bar at Blue Point or the Sunset Grille might be a choice. There is live music on the boardwalk near Coastal Cantina every summer night until sunset but you're pretty much on your own after dark. Heading south to Kitty Hawk, KDH, or Nags Head would be your best bet."

Family

Bob Werner

"Duck has a nice town park with a concert schedule, a mile long lighted boardwalk on the sound, (mostly just a boardwalk with shops only at the north end), jet ski, sailboat, and kayak rentals are available. Although Duck is very small, plenty of family entertainment is a short (10 to 15 miles) drive away. There are wild horse tours, charter boat fishing, a very nice wildlife center, lots of mini golf, art galleries, restored Corolla Village and lighthouse (can be climbed) al...

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Adventure

Bob Werner

"The wild horse tours are popular but very tame. The four wheel drive area is a 13 mile stretch of beach with no road but plenty of rental homes where these tours take place. Private cars with 4 wheel drive are allowed on the beach all year there. Guests can usually spot some of the famous Spanish Mustangs on the tours which take place about 15 miles north of Duck. There is a new adventure area in the outer banks event area behind a Dairy Queen in the southern part of Nags He...

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Arts & Music

Bob Werner

"Duck has a concert schedule on the lawn at the town center which is very nice. Duck also hosts a jazz festival in early October. There are several art galleries in the area."

Shopping

Bob Werner

"The whole town is peppered with shopping areas. Scarborough Faire is the largest and nicest and rambles throughout a wooded area with the 30 plus shops connected by boardwalks. The Waterfront Shops on the Currituck Sound are also popular with around half as many stores."

About Duck

Known for its relative solitude, beautiful architecture, and clean, natural beaches, Duck is consistently ranked as one of the United States' most welcoming vacation spots for families with young children. Located in the Outer Banks area of North Carolina, the laid back, quiet, historic village of Duck lies on a strip of land between the Atlantic Ocean and Currituck Sound. Some of the most popular local attractions here are notably family friendly, like the North Carolina Aquarium and the Adventure Museum at Festival Park. But there's plenty for adults as well, especially history enthusiasts, lovers of nature, and those who enjoy a busy, beachy nightlife - not to mention world-class seafood restaurants.

Here are a few suggestions of things to do in Duck:

  • Go kayaking: Few things are more beautiful than the serene waters of the Outer Banks at sunrise. If you don't own a kayak or canoe, it's easy to rent one.
  • Tour the lighthouses: There are several famous lighthouses around the Outer Banks, including the ones at Currituck Beach, Bodie Island, and Hatteras.
  • Learn about history: Two excellent places to start are the Fort Raleigh Historic Site and the North Carolina Maritime Museum. Understanding the maritime history of the sound provides a deeper appreciation of its architecture, culture, and traditions.
  • Explore the natural beauty of Duck: Don't miss the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge for a chance to view some elusive species of shore birds.
  • Visit Duck's Cottage: This quaint and locally famous bookstore and coffee shop is a great place to spend a few quiet hours and soak up the regional atmosphere.
  • The Wright Brothers Memorial: Visit this memorial dedicated to the famous brothers and their experiences at Kitty Hawk.

No matter how long you decide to stay or what time of year you decide to visit, it's easy to find a condo, apartment, or summer home in Duck that is available by the day, week, or even month.