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Ocracoke Things To Do

Looking for Ocracoke things to do? You won’t have trouble finding fun here.

From a historic ghost walk to a fishing trip to a kayak tour, there are numerous Ocracoke recreation opportunities available that will help you get to know this island and its people a little better. And most of Ocracoke Island’s things to do are of the best variety: free! Or at least they’re very inexpensive. Although we don’t have traditional taxi service, we do have a pedal-oriented taxi service that will do tours, special events, romantic evenings, airport pickups and even barhopping. They can be reached at (252) 588-2149.

In general, Ocracoke things to do -- attractions and recreation -- here 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 provides the entertainment. And, it seems that 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: This is the simple Ocracoke recreation. For a little extra entertainment, walk or bike to the Ocracoke Campground on the new paved bike trail, stroll 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.

Remember, when we refer to the locations for Ocracoke recreation, Irvin Garrish Highway is also known as Highway N.C. 12.

Beach Ride Rentals and Watersports

284 Irvin Garrish Highway
Ocracoke
(252) 928-0007
(252) 916-0133

While you are visiting the Community Square, there is a small shop located on the right hand side before the entrance to the docks. Here you will find a small shop that rents kayaks and pedal boats for cruisin' the harbor, four-wheel-drive vehicles for cruisin' the beach, and a small selection of movie rentals when you need a day of rest from the sun. 

 

Community Golf Cart Rentals

990 Irvin Garrish Hwy
Ocracoke
(252) 921-0216

Driving into Ocracoke Village from the Hatteras Ferry, a lineup of brightly colored golf carts is sure to catch your eye. Stop in to rent an electric or gas cart from this friendly, local family. They will deliver your cart to your rental house or hotel, or if you’re just on Ocracoke for the day, they’ll let you park and scoot off into the village, with the fresh air on your cheeks. If you are flying into the tiny Ocracoke airstrip, they’ll pick you up and get you set up with a cart for your time on the island and deliver you back when it’s time to go. Community Carts’ great customer service has earned them lots of repeat business, so reservations are recommended, but walk-ins are always welcome as well.

Down Creek Gallery

260 Irvin Garrish Highway
Ocracoke
(252) 928-4400

If you are looking for local, North Carolina, regional and national art, check out this gallery. Located in the heart of the village on the waterfront and representing more than 130 artists, you'll find jewelry, pottery, art glass, metal, wood, mixed media, local painting, photography and much more. During the summer, the gallery hosts Expose Yourself to Art bi-weekly receptions to Meet the Artist showcasing local artisans and their work. Be sure to stop by.

Massage Therapy and Reiki

660 Irvin Garrish Highway
Ocracoke
(252) 928-1311

NC-licensed Ann Ehringhaus offers therapeutic massage including Chinese acupressure, Rosen Method Emotional Bodywork and Reiki and has studied many other modalities. Ann did most of her bodywork studies in Berkeley, CA, and Chapel Hill, NC. She also holds degrees in Ministry and Counseling. She acknowledges bodywork as a great pathway for relaxation as well as for personal healing and change. She has offered bodywork since 1990 on Ocracoke and also has an office at The Wellness Alliance in Carrboro, NC. Please call ahead for appointments.

Molasses Creek's Deepwater Theater and Music Hall

82 School Road
Ocracoke
(252) 928-3411

Molasses Creek’s Deepwater Theater and Music Hall is the home venue of Molasses Creek, Ocracoke Island’s hometown band that’s built an international following with its blend of soulful singing and songwriting, blazing instrumentals and occasionally wacky sense of humor. From June through September, Molasses Creek plays here on Thursday evenings. There’s also a weekly show on Wednesday night, Ocrafolk Opry, featuring a panoply of island musicians and storytellers. Detailed schedules and information about other special events are posted online, at the entrance to the theater and around the village. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and shows begin at 8. Ticket prices are around $15 for adults and $7 for children. Credit cards are accepted; some advance ticket sales are available online.

Ride The Wind Kayak Trips

486 Irvin Garrish Highway
Ocracoke
(252) 928-6311

See another side of Ocracoke Island — take a kayak ecotour with Ride the Wind. They offer guided sunrise, midday, sunset and full moon tours for up to 10 people and provide all necessary equipment and training. You should bring watershoes, water, a hat, sunglasses, insect repellant, sunscreen and a camera. These tours are very popular, so it's a good idea to make reservations in advance. You can also rent all types of kayaks here. New to this year, they are offering paddle board yoga excursions. Find out schedule and make reservations at the shop.

Ride The Wind Surf Camps

486 Irvin Garrish Highway
Ocracoke
(252) 928-6311

How do you introduce surfing and ocean safety to kids and do it in a way that is fun and safe? Ride the Wind's answer is to make sure you keep the groups small and spend as much time teaching safety as you do surfing. Since 2000, they’ve taught thousands of kids to surf based on that simple idea. These three-day camps are held Tuesdays through Thursdays from late May to early August from 9 a.m. to noon and are designed for ages 9-17. Or, they'll arrange special camps for your group. All instructors are trained in ocean safety, first aid and CPR, and they use sunset softboards and NSP epoxy boards to minimize the chance of injury. Come join the fun!

Ride The Wind Surf Lessons

486 Irvin Garrish Highway
Ocracoke
(252) 928-6311

Want to get out there and experience the thrill of sliding down the front edge of a rolling wave? Ride the Wind offers lessons to get you started on your surfing journey. Lessons are scheduled individually or for your group in one-hour blocks. Their instructors are all experienced surfers who live to “spread the gospel” of surfing, and all instructors are trained in ocean safety, life guarding, first aid and CPR. Make advance reservations!

Ride the Wind Surf Shop

486 Irvin Garrish Highway
Ocracoke
(252) 928-6311

Ride the Wind is a complete watersports center offering the gear you need for surfing and kayaking (see Recreation for tour and rental information). The surf shop offers the island's best selection of swimwear and beach apparel and sunglasses for men and women in all the popular name brands. They also rent and sell surfboards, standup paddleboards and kayaks.

Stillwater Spa and Wellness

72 Back Road
Ocracoke
(252) 588-0267

Relax and renew at Stillwater Spa & Wellness on Ocracoke Island. Local NC Licensed massage therapists offer spa treatments (facials, body scrubs, body wraps) and a variety of massage modalities including deep tissue, Swedish, Reiki, lymphatic, prenatal, craniosacral, shiatsu, sports, trigger point, lomi lomi, hot stone and more. Local owner and licensed massage therapist, Laura Hardy, handcrafts all spa products using organic, all-natural ingredients. Spa packages are available, and products can be purchased in the spa. Stillwater Spa is able to accommodate groups and has four treatment rooms. It is open by appointment only, so call ahead or email to book.