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.
For a little help with your exploration of Ocracoke Island’s attractions and history, pick up a copy of the Ocracoke Self-Guided Walking Tour Book. Enjoy the history, culture and attractions of the island as you explore the different sections of the village. You can buy the book online here; see the link to the right.