Ocracoke Attractions

The Lowdown on Ocracoke Attractions

Most of Ocracoke Island’s attractions are of the best variety: free! Or at least they’re very inexpensive.

Ocracoke’s attractions are simple and unfettered, with few of the usual commercial trappings of a tourist site. There are no go-cart tracks, mini-golf courses, waterslides or movie theaters. On Ocracoke, the island itself is an attraction. When people are here, they just don’t need as much stimulation. Quiet walks on the beach (Cape Hatteras National Seashore), fishing and clamming, looking for shells, building a sandcastle, strolling around the village, sitting on the porch swing, observing nature or chasing ghost crabs in the moonlight: These are the simple attractions on Ocracoke Island. For a little extra entertainment, bike over to the Ocracoke Lighthouse (the oldest in North Carolina and still operating) and the Preservation Museum, or go out and visit the ponies and take a little hike. You get the idea.

Ocracoke Attractions by Category

Ocracoke Alive

Island-wide, Ocracoke

Ocracoke Alive, Inc. was formed to enrich the Ocracoke Island community by serving the cultural and artistic needs of the island. Through fundraising and donations, this group has rejuvenated the musical, educational and artistic vein of the community by organizing and sponsoring multiple events throughout the year including the annual Ocrafolk Festival, Skipjack Wilma Lee, community plays and school programs.

Ocracoke Preservation Society and Museum

49 Water Plant Road, Ocracoke
(252) 928-7375

For a peek into Ocracoke’s past, visit Ocracoke Preservation Society’s Museum. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to preserving the island’s history and cultural heritage and to protecting its environment. Housed in the turn-of-the-century home of Coast Guard Capt. David Williams, the museum lets visitors glimpse island life in the early to mid-1900s. Many of the architectural elements are intact, and a bedroom, living room and... read more