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For most visitors, crossing through the Currituck Mainland signifies that they’re almost to their Outer Banks vacation rental. The quiet area is characterized by miles of family farms and prime spots for hunting and fishing. Positioned on the Currituck Sound, the mainland is known as a birder’s paradise thanks to the thousands of migrating waterfowl that fly through. Visitors will find fresh produce markets along the highway where they can stop to pick up local goods. There are also several attractions dotting the highway that offer something for the whole family.
Your whole family will love the hair-raising rides at H2OBX. Walk The Plank to drop in a 90’ free-fall or go on an almost 1,500’ long Wild Horse Run. Kids and parents will enjoy the Twin Tides Family Wave Beach, a first-of-its-kind dual beach entry wave pool. H2OBX does an amazing job of combining exhilarating drops, loops, and turns with many family friendly rides as well as rides just for kids. The water park is a great way to cool off while avoiding getting sandy. Purchase discounted tickets here.
This lovely winery is the perfect destination for an afternoon of touring and wine tasting or for a romantic wedding against a beautiful Outer Banks backdrop. The family owned and operated vineyard is open for tours daily throughout the year and visitors will enjoy learning about the different wines as well as the history of these special 10 acres of farmland. Sanctuary Vineyards crafts a variety of award winning wines from their harvests and hosts events throughout the year.
An iconic Outer Banks shopping destination, The Cotton Gin originated in Currituck County and has since expanded to three more locations along the beach. The stores carry beloved coastal brands as well as specialty items. Peruse their aisles of nautical decor or find a new piece of beachy clothing to add to your closet. You don’t even have to be at the beach to shop, The Cotton Gin also has an online store to satisfy your Outer Banks obsession.
Featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, Weeping Radish is hard to miss with a sign as impressive as the massive building. Not only is Weeping Radish a brewery, it’s also a butchery, pub, and restaurant. The brewery is open for tours and visitors can get an up-close view of the brewing and brat-making processes. Weeping Radish is worth a stop on your next drive down to the Outer Banks.
Fans can experience the birthplace of the championship-winning monster truck, Grave Digger. Drive a mini-truck, take a ride in a monster truck, or grab a bite to eat at the diner. For those who consider themselves a true Grave Digger fan, Digger’s Dungeon is a must-see.
Gun Shack is located in Point Harbor and offers a wide selection of firearms as well as several firearm services. These include cleaning and inspection, scope mounting, and basic repairs. Gun Shack also has an indoor range, which is open seven days a week to the public.
The Outer Banks is a popular road trip stop for travelers and bikers so it’s no surprise that it is home to its own Harley Davidson store. The facility features a range of motorcycles as well as rental services and repairs. The shop has everything a biker could need for their ride. They also host several events throughout the year, such as Outer Banks Bike Week and Outer Banks Bike Fest.
From its humble beginnings as two brothers sold corn out of the back of their pickup in 1982, Morris Farm Market has expanded into a popular stop for visitors on their way to their Outer Banks vacation. The market now sits on the family farm and offers produce as well as freshly baked goods, jams, and pickled vegetables (everything a Southern grandma would have in her pantry). Morris Farm Market also hosts an annual charity event with live music, vintage cars, and local food. The market is perfect for picking up some local produce on your way to your Outer Banks vacation rental.