Fall in Love with Autumn on the Outer Banks
Usually around this time of year, Summer tourists are packing up to go home, traffic to and from the island eases up, and the beaches see fewer and fewer footprints. But, as we are all aware, this year is unlike any other that we have had before.
With the pandemic keeping workers out of the office and the kids home from school, many are finding a silver lining in the additional freedom they have to travel domestically. We are seeing this here on the Outer Banks with the tourist season being extended through September and even October already. People who are usually carpooling their kids to school and heading into work, are now able to take a break and get a fresh change of scenery.
Most locals agree, Fall is the best time to be on the Outer Banks. Crowds are smaller, the weather isn't painfully hot, and a sense of calmness fills the air. If you are planning a trip to the Outer Banks this season, here are a few things that you can do to make your time here worthwhile.
The Beach is Always Open.
The water may be getting cooler, but that doesn't mean you still can't set up a chair and read a good book with the sound of waves crashing in the background. This is the perfect time to venture out of where you may normally go and visit somewhere new. If you have been going to Corolla and the northern beaches for years, take a trip down to Hatteras and see what all of the hype is about! & vise versa! The drive from one end to the other has so much to see and do along the way. Visit the lighthouses along Cape Hatteras National Seashore, or take a pit stop at the Pea Island Lifesaving Station.
Cozy On Up!
Pack a picnic basket with some marshmallows and maybe a bottle of wine, a few blankets and firewood and have a beach bonfire! Nags Head and the southern beaches allow for fires on the beach with a permit and what could be a more magical way to spend the evening!
Experience the Wildlife
With large crowds and a lot of people around, you may not be so lucky to see some of the wildlife here on the Outer Banks. This time of year is perfect to take a ride up to Carova and check out the wild horses. Book a tour, or if you have 4WD, make the journey yourself! If you want to make a stop on your way in or out of town, book a tour with the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge where you can learn about the land and possibly see some bears, wolves or other local animals.
If you are more into indoor activities, the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island is back open and ready for visitors! Visit their website to book your time and purchase tickets online beforehand.
Take Advantage of Cheaper Rates
What may be out of your price range in the Summer can be an absolute steal in the off-season! Prices on vacation rentals and hotels typically go down in the Fall and it is such a great opportunity for a little weekend getaway at a bed and breakfast or even an entire week at one of the vacation homes! Browse all of our accommodations here.
Header Image: Ryan & Rach Photography