Festival Park on Roanoke Island

Roanoke Island Festival Park Roanoke Island Festival Park is a 25 acre public event center, interactive historic site, museum, and more – all set in a gorgeous backdrop just across a small bridge from quaint Downtown Manteo (about a 20 minute drive from Nags Head). The site includes the Pavilion, …

Watching Maria

Quick Update (9/28/2017 9:15 AM) Dare County announces that unrestricted access to Hatteras Island will resume at 1:00 this afternoon. Read the Press Release. Tropical Storm Maria Final Update (9/28/2017 6:30 AM) All Coastal Watches and Warnings Have Been Dropped Hatteras, Ocracoke Island Visitor Evacuation Remains In Effect At 5:00, …

Watching Jose

Watching Hurricane Jose (9/18/2017 5:00 PM) Jose Will Pass More Than 250 Miles East Of The Outer Banks Dangerous Rip Currents For All Area Beaches Very Rough Surf, Beach Erosion Possible Through Tuesday Strong Winds Tonight Into Early Tuesday Hurricane Jose will be passing well offshore this evening into tomorrow. …

Vernal Pools at Jockey’s Ridge

From the road, Jockey’s Ridge is a huge sand dune, its peaks on a bright day almost painful to look at in their reflected light. From a distance there is no evidence of life, the glistening sandy slopes give the impression of a sterile desert. But the environment is not …

Watching Irma

Watching Hurricane Irma (9/8/2017 5:00 PM) This is our last Irma posting unless something drastic happens that affects our area. The center of Hurricane Irma is forecast to remain several hundred miles south and west of the Outer Banks. The official forecast continues to show Irma making landfall along the …

Potential Tropical Cyclone Ten

Potential Tropical Cyclone Ten Update (8/29/2017 5:00PM) LAST ADVISORY All Tropical Storm Warnings have been discontinued.   The disturbance is moving away from the area. Wind Advisories and Warnings are still in effect for portions of the area through this evening. Strong gusty winds are still possible. Expect rough surf …

Wild Animals on the Outer Banks

Foxes and Otters and Deer, Oh My! In the movie the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy, the Tin Woodman and Scarecrow are walking through the forest chanting, “Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!” That doesn’t quite fit the Outer Banks—there are no lions or tigers here, and the nearest bears …

Fall Events on the Outer Banks

It seems like every year as summer winds down, we write about what a great time the Fall is to visit the Outer Banks. There are many reasons why – the weather is near perfect, the water temperature is ideal, all the businesses are still open, the summer crowds are …