Ocracoke Things To Do

If you’re on the hunt for Ocracoke things to do, boredom is the least of your worries. Ocracoke Island is a recreational wonderland, and finding fun here never takes long.  From historic ghost walks that explore the island’s history and lore, charter fishing trips, kayak tours and beyond, the majority of Ocracoke things to do enable to you know this island, the community and culture. One of our favorite parts of the most popular Ocracoke things to do is that they’re completely free! And if they aren’t, they’re still pretty inexpensive. There’s not a traditional taxi service here, but the island way generally involves getting around by walking, biking or a golf cart. The village area can easily be covered in a matter of minutes.

When it comes to the primary things to do here – attractions and outdoor recreation – Ocracoke keeps them simple and unfettered. Of course, like any tourist site, there are a few of the usual commercial trappings. However go-cart tracks, minigolf courses and arcades like the ones located on the other part of the Outer Banks aren’t present here. The setting and community provide the entertainment on Ocracoke. Enjoy a guided walk through the woods, listen to local musicians performing at live shows or gather around the old timers to hear the stories of years past.

Take It Easy with Ocracoke Things to Do

It seems that when people are here, they content themselves with less stimulation than what’s found in the hustles and bustle of cities. Ocracoke things to do celebrate simplicity: 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. If you’re looking for more, 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.

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

Ocracoke Things to Do by Category

Beach Ride Rentals

Ocracoke Thing To Do
108 Loop Road, Ocracoke
(252) 916-0133

At the corner of Silver Lake Road and Highway 12, this service rents 4x4 vehicles. Enjoy full or half-day rentals of 4x4 vehicles to drive on Ocracoke's beach. Reservations are encouraged.

Massage Therapy and Reiki

Ocracoke Thing To Do
55 Friendly Ridge Road, Ocracoke
(252) 928-0406

N.C.-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, Calif., and Chapel Hill, N.C. 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... read more

N.C.-licensed Ann Ehringhaus offers therapeutic massage including Chinese acupressure, Rosen Method Emotional Bodywork and Reiki... read more

Ocracoke Alive

Ocracoke Thing To Do
Island-wide, Ocracoke
(252) 921-0260

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, community plays and school programs.

Ocracoke Preservation Society and Museum

Ocracoke Thing To Do
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

For a peek into Ocracoke’s past, visit Ocracoke Preservation Society’s Museum. The nonprofit organization is... read more

Ride The Wind Recreational Activities

Ocracoke Thing To Do
486 Irvin Garrish Highway, Ocracoke
(252) 928-6311

Ride the Wind is one of the most popular places on Ocracoke to get you in touch with the beauty and fun that surrounds you on this magic little island. They provide a myriad of classes and adventures: guided kayak ecotours and rentals, surf camps, surf lessons and SUP Yoga. The guided sunrise, midday, sunset and full moon kayak ecotours accommodate up to 10 people and... read more

Ride the Wind is one of the most popular places on Ocracoke to get you... read more

Wheelie Fun Cart Rentals

Ocracoke Thing To Do
990 Irvin Garrish Highway, 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,... read more

Driving into Ocracoke Village from the Hatteras Ferry, a lineup of brightly colored golf carts... read more

WOVV 90.1 FM Radio, Ocracoke Village Voice

Ocracoke Thing To Do
P.O. Box 1447, Ocracoke
(252) 928-9688

Ocracoke's community radio station WOVV 90.1 FM invites island visitors to tune in to hear live local programming featuring music and entertainment, local news, weather, sports and coverage of local civic and business affairs. The programming is produced and presented by and for locals and visitors alike, broadcasting from the station’s studio in the heart of Ocracoke Village. If you get Ocracoke fever when you're... read more

Ocracoke's community radio station WOVV 90.1 FM invites island visitors to tune in to hear... read more