If your idea of the ultimate Outer Banks vacation is to be in the middle of all the action, Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head are the towns for you! Here you will find ample restaurants, attractions, shops, parks, and beach accesses.
We have compiled a Top 10 list of our must-dos when staying or visiting Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head.
If you’re looking for an Outer Banks restaurant with a casual, island-style vibe and a crowd-pleasing menu, look no further than Goombays Grille & Raw Bar. A local favorite since 1992, this Kill Devil Hills restaurant stands out in its vibrant chartreuse and aqua building on Beach Road. Inside, this family-friendly atmosphere is just as lively and colorful with undersea murals, bright local artwork, a fish tank, and a collage of vintage license plates. Add tropical drinks and an abundance of seafood dishes, and you have a place that will transport you to an island state of mind. The menu appeals to all tastes with its shareable appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, wraps, pasta, quesadillas, grilled meats, ribs, Caribbean-style entrees, and daily chefs' creations for lunch and dinner. Seafood is the star of the menu, but there is something for everyone… chicken, beef, pork, pasta, vegetarian and gluten-free options. They welcome kids with a menu of their own, including creative mocktails complete with a toy surprise!
Not only is the ambiance unlike anything you will find elsewhere on the Outer Banks, but it's also what's on the menu that truly sets them apart. From using the freshest products available from local purveyors, ranging from the morning’s freshest fish catch, (plump scallops right from the Wanchese fishing boats, Roanoke sound white shrimp, sweet crabmeat from Lake Matamaskeet) and local produce from the farms of Currituck. Their menu is one of the most extensive of any Outer Banks restaurant ranging from seafood, pasta, beef, and chicken dishes.
At Mama Kwan's, they're all about good food, good friends, and good fun! They've been serving up some of the Outer Banks' best dishes for the past 23 years and have been adding their own island twist on food from around the world. Their menu has a little bit of everything, so even the pickiest member of your party will find something to enjoy. Fresh, local seafood is always in style here at Mama Kwan's and their Pacific Rim flavors have locals and visitors alike coming back for more!
Kill Devil Grill is a one-of-a-kind diner located in a 1939 Kullman dining car. Kill Devil Grill offers a nostalgic dining experience with table top juke boxes and other old-fashioned decor. The American food menu offers a little of everything, including burgers, sandwiches and salads as well as entrees such as BBQ Ribs and Fried Shrimp. Menu favorites include the Backyard Wings, Fried Flounder Sandwich and Crab Cakes. While Kill Devil Grill is a quaint diner, it has much more to offer than a typical greasy spoon. Fresh and local ingredients are what make the food at Kill Devil Grill so delicious and high quality.
Beers, bands, and great food will always be a part of the Outer Banks Brewing Station scene, but the owners have also reached out to families and others preferring a different atmosphere. Outside, behind the main building is a children’s playground, bean bag tosses, and lighter music. The Brewing Station offers high-quality and esoteric menu items, without reaching the stratospheric menu prices of other local gourmet destinations. But at its heart and soul, the Brewing Station is about the beer. Brewmaster Scott Meyer’s creations run the gamut — lighter pilsners, ales, IPAs, and heavier stouts. The brews are recognized around the country for their quality, and aficionados make it a point to add the Brewing Station to their itinerary. The Brewing Station has made a difference on many levels on the Outer Banks — a world-class brewpub, superior food, engaging bands, alternative energy, and promoting social issues.
Nestled among the dunes of the Outer Banks town of Nags Head, you’ll find a delicious slice of the Caribbean known as Tortugas’ Lie. Founded in 1989, Tortugas’ is home to some of the beach’s finest fare, from mouthwatering appetizers to dinners and desserts so delicious you can’t help but come back again and again. But a great menu is only the beginning of what makes Tortugas’ Lie so special. Why not c’mon in and see exactly why this quaint little Outer Banks restaurant of theirs is not only a locals’ favorite but the destination for hungry vacationers year after year?
Miller's offers one of the few truly waterfront dining experiences on the Outer Banks. Enjoy casual dining in their downstairs family-friendly seafood restaurant, or their signature drinks and grill menu in their upstairs deck bar while watching kite boarders, windsurfers and mother nature’s best sunsets. Truly an Outer Banks family tradition, Miller’s Waterfront Restaurant has been owned & operated by the Miller Family since 1982. Dedication to quality food and service shines through with every meal and is comparable only by the beautiful water views.
Mulligan's has proudly been serving an authentic Outer Banks experience with the perfect setting for authentic Southern Coastal Cuisine. Situated between the timeless oceanfront homes on historic cottage row and Jockey’s Ridge State Park, enjoy unbeatable views with your meal! They offer both indoor and outdoor dining options. During the warmer months, enjoy laid-back dining and live music out on their tiki deck. On the covered deck, you can relax in shade and take in views of the ocean and soaring dunes at Jockey’s Ridge State Park. If you prefer to be seated indoors, they offer an upstairs dining area for large parties with its own bar along with comfortable and family-friendly seating areas downstairs. The downstairs bar is a local hangout spot with a big-screen TVs for catching the game. With a doggy dining area outside for you and your furry friends, including menu options specially created for your pup, they truly have space for everyone!
Known for providing bread to several local restaurants, Proof Bakery draws people to its storefront and bakery counter with its stellar reputation and its tempting selection of pastries and shelves of bread loaves and rolls. Assorted donuts, danishes, croissants, sticky buns, stuffed pretzel bread, breakfast sandwiches, and more attract customers during the early part of the day, but you can also get lunch fares like burgers, a chicken Philly, grilled cheese, and fries. Everything is for take-out only. And choose restaurant-approved bread from their stacks of baguettes, sandwich bread, sweet rolls, brioche buns, and more.
Single Fin Bistro Bar & Grill in Nags Head is Chef Pok’s second restaurant venture. His first, Pok's Art, focuses on fusing various styles of Asian fare. Single Fin calls on Pok's cultural food fluency to showcase an unprecedented synthesis of intercontinental cuisines. Only the finest ingredients are used to create original renditions of bistro favorites like prime steaks, fresh seafood and choice fowl. The menu also features tapas and a distinct selection of sushi, as well as nightly specials. For the seasoned chefs at Single Fin, sushi is an art form. They've created rolls that haven't been tried before, but their creativity lives beyond their recipes. They attend to the presentation of their plates just as earnestly as they do the taste. Every serving is elegantly prepared and delicately delivered. The craftsmen at Single Fin Bistro Bar & Grill offer a culinary experience unmatched in quality and care. Pair your meal with a cocktail, beer or wine from the full bar, and savor every second you're here.
The Wright Brothers National Memorial is a "Must See" attraction for any Outer Banks aviation enthusiast, history lover, and virtually any Kill Devil Hills vacationer who wants an up-close look at the towering granite structure that towers over the town's landscape. The 60' ft. granite monument leads the way to the extensive National Park which features well-manicured grounds with markers, both big and small, indicating the successful launching and landing points, a visitors' center, and a cluster of museums and exhibits that celebrates the last century of flight and beyond.
Located in Dare County in the Outer Banks, Jockey's Ridge State Park is home to the tallest living sand dune system on the Atlantic coast and provides an ideal location for flying kites and watching sunsets. Hang gliding is a hallmark activity at the park, and a private concessionaire offers lessons. A second access area takes visitors through wetland habitats and allows for swimming, paddling, kiteboarding, and windsurfing on the Roanoke Sound. The park also marks the eastern terminus of the Mountains-to-Sea State Trail.
Shielded from the ocean winds by the great sand dunes of Jockey’s Ridge State Park, the Preserve features an amazing diversity of plant and animal life. Towering oaks, hickories, and beech trees, some hundreds of years old, rise from the high ridges and create a canopy of trees more typical of the mountains of the eastern United States. There are seven plant community types in the Preserve and one of those, the maritime deciduous forest, is globally rare. In all, over 550 species of plants have been documented at Nags Head Woods ranging from tall trees to tiny orchids. The Preserve hosts more than 150 species of birds, at least 50 of which nest there. The Preserve is a self-guided facility open from dawn to dusk every day free of charge. Restrooms and visitor lobby are open based on staff availability, so plan ahead.
Visitors can find a wide variety of activities at Jennette's Pier. From fishing to professional surf contests on the beach, they offer a little of everything. Teachers can sign up to enjoy online virtual programs offered by our Education Department. Inside the pier house, you'll find two large saltwater aquariums with a wide variety of fish species including Atlantic spadefish, black drum, Bermuda chub, flounder, Florida pompano, eels, permit, gray triggerfish, lookdowns, tarpon and more. In the ocean energy area, learn about research being done on the Pier.
Avalon Fishing Pier offers everything you need for a long, enjoyable day (or night!) of fishing. First built in 1958, Avalon Fishing Pier is about 700 feet long, stretching out to the Atlantic Ocean over 12 to 15 feet of water. Located at milepost 6 on the beach road, there is ample parking for pier customers. The daily rate for fishing the pier is $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children under age 12. The pier features a snack bar and tackle shop with bait and rentals.
Located on milepost 8.5 this beach access offers paved parking, handicap access ramps, wooden walkways, outdoor showers, a bath house, a lifeguard, bike racks, and pet waste bags.
Nags Head Golf Links is the perfect location for Outer Banks golfing. Keeping with the true Scottish links tradition, world-class architect Bob Moore blended the Outer Banks natural windswept environment into a shot maker’s paradise. Coastal winds add to the challenge, prompting Golf Digest to call the Nags Head Golf Links “the longest 6,126 yards you’ll ever play.” Golf Digest went on to say the holes along the Roanoke Sound are “among the most beautiful in the Eastern U.S.” The view makes it a favorite for those looking to golf Nags Head.
Dowdy Park, located at the corner of South Croatan Highway and Bonnett Street, offers 5 acres of recreation for every age and every ability. Features include an ampitheater, a fitness trail, an inclusive playground, bathrooms, a community garden, a bocce ball area, and a multi-use court.
Located at MP 15.5 in Nags Head, First Flight Adventure Park is designed for ages 6 and up and thrill seekers of varying levels. Bring your family along for the adventure of a lifetime by testing your mental and physical limits. Now boasting over 50 obstacles and 14 ziplines! Each year they add and change out obstacles on the course.
Visit Outlets Nags Head to find your favorite brands for less every day! American Eagle Outfitters, Aerie, Carter’s Babies and Kids, Talbots, Gap Factory Store, Michael Kors, Sperry and JCrew - just to name a few. They also feature local stores such as Salt Coast Outfitters and Outer Banks Olive Oil. Enjoy your lunch from Tropical Smoothie and eat on our beautiful Terrace overlooking the Albemarle Sound!
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