Captain John’s Recommendations for Land Fun

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Austin Seafood Company – Located just a stone’s throw from the Atlantic Ocean and snuggled next to Jockey’s Ridge (the tallest sand dune on the east coast) in Nags Head, North Carolina, you’ll find Austin Fish Company, a family owned and operated seafood market. Austin’s offers visitors the perfect place to pick up fresh seafood for a family dinner, big party or special event while vacationing on the Outer Banks.

Barefoot Bernie’s Tropical Grill & Bar Specializing in exquisite and refreshing island cuisine in a classy yet casual tropical ambiance, Barefoot Bernie’s has become a true destination on the Outer Banks restaurant circuit.

Basnight’s Lone Cedar Cafe’ – Enjoy waterfront dining at our Outer Banks Seafood Restaurant. Lone Cedar Café specializes in fresh and local Outer Banks seafood. If you’re craving the freshest fish, clams, crab, shrimp and oysters from local North Carolina waters, you’ll find them at the Basnight’s Lone Cedar Café.

Blue Moon Beach Grill – “Once in a Blue Moon, you get to Taste Life on a Sandbar.” The Blue Moon Beach Grill is a quirky, fun-filled dining experience. They provide southern comfort food with a creative twist and flair.

Blue Water Grill & Raw Bar – “The World is your Oyster. The Oyster is our World.” Overlooking the docks at Pirate’s Cove Marina, Blue Water Grill & Raw Bar provides the dining public with an amazing dining experience.

Buffalo City Jug Shop – Buffalo City Jug Shop is the first Outer Banks growler filling station with 24 beers on tap! Buffalo City Jug Shop is proud to offer a large selection of craft bottle beer and wine to Nags Head residents and visitors.

Country Deli –  Located in the Surfside Plaza at Milepost 13, across from Jockey’s Ridge, Country Deli is a locally owned small family business for over 25 years on the Outer Banks. They provide delicious over stuffed sandwiches with a smile!

Elizabethan Gardens – Fanciful and elaborate gardens were kept to entertain Queen Elizabeth I during her reign. Our garden was created for your enjoyment, and as a living memorial to the time when Sir Walter Raleigh’s lost colonists lived in this very place over 400 years ago.

First Flight Adventure Park – The one of a kind hurricane-themed course, designed by Challenge Design Innovations with help from Wicked Oceans, has 42 obstacles and 6 zip lines, which will be sure to entertain everyone in your family from ages 6+. Platforms and obstacles are 12-50 feet high. You’ll find materials such as cables, rope, wood, buoys, barrels and much more that make up bridges and obstacles for traversing thru the course.

It’s All Gravy Italian Market – You know, the kind of food your mom would have made (if she were Italian). A taste of Italy, A taste of South Philly, A taste of the Outer Banks and a little something unique. Dine in or take out, fresh daily specials, packaged items to heat and eat in your own home, and catering.

Jennette’s Pier – Fishing. Family. Fun. Hook into world-class fishing, personalized angling instruction, youth adventure camps, an exceptional banquet facility as well as clean, wide, public beaches, bathhouse and free parking all at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head. Inside the pier house, come face to face with fish while peering into one of our large aquariums. Explore interactive science exhibits and learn about renewable energy. Our full service Pier shop offers tackle, beach supplies, unique gifts, cold drinks, hot coffee and snacks. Come see why Jennette’s Pier has been a family favorite for more than 75 years.

The Kill Devil Grill – Relax at the bar or sit down in the dining room at The Kill Devil Grill for a great meal!

Kitty Hawk Kites – The Kitty Hawk Kites Flight School is the oldest hang gliding school on the East Coast of the and the largest school of its kind in the world. It provides beginning, intermediate, and advanced instruction to students, as well as instructors, in foot-launched and tandem hang gliding. If it’s adventure you seek, you’ve come to the right place. Unleash your inner adrenaline junky with kiteboarding lessons, guided kayak eco tours, JetPak instruction, parasailing, dolphin watch tours, rock wall climbing, jet ski rentals and tours, air tours, bi-plane tours, wild horse tours,  sailing cruises, Segway tours, surf and stand up paddleboard lessons, wakeboarding, waterskiing, and more.

Lucky 12 Tavern – Lucky 12 offers fun, affordable dining featuring local seafood, salads, burgers, kids menu, amazing chicken wings, boardwalk fries and our New York Style Pizza. They feature 20 beers on draft, another 90 by the bottle or can and they have some of the current, tastiest Microbrews around.

Miller’s Waterfront Restaurant – Miller’s Waterfront Restaurant overlooks the Roanoke Sound in Nags Head, so you can enjoy casual dining while watching kite-boarders, windsurfers & Mother Nature’s best sunsets.

Mimi’s Tiki Bar at Pirate’s Cove –  Mimi’s Tiki Hut, located on the deck of Pirate’s Cove Marina, offers our guests a laid-back atmosphere to wait until your table is ready, have a drink, grab a bite to eat, or enjoy live entertainment!  Open mid-May through the fall, the Tiki Hut is the perfect spot to watch the boats return after a great day of fishing. Don’t be surprised to catch Captain John with a cold pint or a snort of our local Outer Banks Distilling Kill Devil Rum.

Nags Head Pier – On one of the oldest and longest piers on the Outer Banks, NC, you can cast out your line and reel in memories that will last a lifetime. Whether you’re fishing for fun, sport or for your appetite, Nags Head Fishing Pier is the place. The Pier House Restaurant and Capt. Andy’s Oceanfront Tiki Bar and Grill sit right on the beautiful Atlantic with amazing ocean views.The menu can satisfy any appetite offering a wide variety of dishes including the freshest seafood available and a wide variety of drink options. Fresh seafood can’t get any fresher than when you catch it and they cook it right here.

North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island – The “Waters of the Outer Banks” are waiting to be discovered. Marvel at the largest collection of sharks in the state. Interact with SCUBA divers. See an alligator. Touch the stingrays. Wonder at the playful river otters. Witness our conservation efforts in the Sea Turtle Assistance and Rehabilitation (STAR) Center. Experience our hands-on Sea Turtle Rescue exhibit.

O’Neil’s Sea Harvest – Located on the bustling shores of the Wanchese harbor, this family owned and operated seafood wholesaler hand selects some of the catch that crosses their docks daily to offer to the general public.

Outer Banks Brewing Station – Take a tour with Eric, co-owner and brewer as he explains the ins and outs of the brewing process and the inner workings of our unique little brewery on a sand bar.

Ocean Boulevard Bistro & Martini Bar – Ocean Boulevard is an American Bistro with a Seasonal Menu, a unique and comprehensive wine list, and great martinis. They apply a Global influence to Regional foods sourced from the dock of Wanchese, the fields of Currituck, and beyond.

Owens’ Restaurant  – Owens’ Restaurant serves the rich cuisine of the Coastal South, influenced by the provocative culinary flavors of today. Menu highlights are fresh off the boat – seafood and shellfish, Whole Maine lobster, tender aged Angus beef, ribs, pasta, and outrageous homemade desserts. Owens’ is a special occasion restaurant.

Red Drum Tap House – Red Drum is an established restaurant in Nags Head. With 18 micro and domestic beers on tap, they provide only the freshest local seafood, steaks, ribs, and much more in a family-friendly environment.

Roanoke Island Festival Park  – If you are interested in Outer Banks history, nature, recreation, and family activities, Roanoke Island Festival Park is an ideal choice. This Roanoke Island attraction, across from the Manteo waterfront and just 5 miles from Nags Head and 30 minutes from Hatteras Island and Kitty Hawk, is a 25-acre interactive historic site representing the first English settlement attempt in 1585.

Sam & Omie’s Restaurant – Sam & Omie’s originally opened on the Outer Banks by a couple of fishermen as a pre-breakfast stop. The place exudes a barefoot and “beachy” atmosphere and serves up plenty of tasty dishes morning, noon and night, including omelets, hamburgers, club sandwiches and prime rib or seafood dinners.

Tortuga’s Lie Shellfish Bar – From our Hatteras style chowder to sushi specials, Tortugas has established itself as a must-visit Nags Head restaurant on the Outer Banks.

Waveriders Coffee & Deli – We offer a large selection of coffee & espresso drinks, real fruit smoothies, draft and bottled beer, wine and tasty panini pressed breakfast and lunch sandwiches that are healthier than fast food!