OBX Outer Banks NC

Entertainment, sports and recreation news and events for Outer Banks, North Carolina (OBX) including world famous venues: The Lost Colony, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Kitty Hawk (Wright Brothers flight) and the barrier islands around the Currituck Sound, Albemarle Sound, and Pamlico Sound.

Santa Paws in its 12th year!

Santa Paws in its 12th year!

ROANOKE ISLAND, NC December 9, 2013 – The Aquarium’s Santa Paws Tree has provided thousands of needed items generously donated by our many animal-loving friends. Now in its 12th year, the Santa Paws Tree accepts donations at the Aquarium Dec. 1-22. Donors providing 7 pounds of dog or cat food receive free admission. Other items on Santa Paws wish list are: • Toys (cats & dogs) • Rawhides • Treats • Blankets & Pillowcases • Bleach • Paper towels • Dog Shampoo • Kitty Litter All items will be delivered to the Outer Banks SPCA on Monday, December 23. Have questions? Call 252-473-3494. We have the answers!  

North Carolina Aquarium will close to observe Thanksgiving Holiday

North Carolina Aquarium will close to observe Thanksgiving Holiday

ROANOKE ISLAND, NC November 25, 2013 – The Aquarium will be closed to observe the Thanksgiving Holiday on Thursday, November 28, 2013. Our staff wishes everyone a Happy Thanksgiving Holiday! The Aquarium will reopen on Friday, November 29, 2013 at 9 a.m. We hope you will plan a visit to see our newest animal addition, “Bleu,” our blue-eyed alligator.

Great White Fishmas

Great White Fishmas

ROANOKE ISLAND, NC November 21, 2013 – Spend an evening with Santa and the animals at the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island! This new, exclusive after-hours event is sure to get everyone in the holiday spirit with a unique fishy flare from the North Pole. Children will participate in festive reindeer games and seasonal crafts with Aquarium Elves, decorate cookies with Mrs. Claus, and share their holiday wishes with Santa. Guests may even catch a glimpse of Santa scuba diving with the sharks and the fishes in our Graveyard of the Atlantic exhibit! Families can write a letter to Santa, enjoy spirited music, and delight in Aquarium decorations to complete a memorable event. Our Great White Fishmas event runs on […]

Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum presents 3rd Annual Holiday at the Museum

Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum presents 3rd Annual Holiday at the Museum

HATTERAS, NC November 15, 2013 – Celebrate the holiday season by attending the 3rd Annual “Holiday at the Museum” at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum.  There will be activities for the children and live holiday music by local artists. Make sure you browse all the exhibits at the Museum.  Everyone will enjoy the complimentary hot soup and holiday cookies.  It all takes place on Saturday, December 7, 2013 from noon to 5 p.m. The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum encourages everyone to support one of the local organizations that help others in a time of need.  Bring a non-perishable food item to benefit the Cape Hatteras Methodist Men’s Food Pantry and receive 5% discount in the Museum Store.   […]

Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti Writes Poem to Celebrate Veterans

Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti Writes Poem to Celebrate Veterans

Readings Planned in Manteo and Greensboro RALEIGH, NC November 8, 2013 – North Carolina Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti, who has dedicated himself to working with veterans during his tenure, has written his second poem to recognize veterans, families of veterans and all North Carolina citizens who honor America’s veterans.   Bathanti, entering his second year as poet laureate for the state, has written a poem entitled Fayetteville to celebrate Veterans Day Monday, Nov. 11. The poem honors veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice. North Carolina is home to eight military installations, including Fort Bragg, Pope Air Force Base, and Camp Lejeune, to name a few, and has one of the largest populations of […]

Outer Banks History Center Celebrates 25th Anniversary With Call for Submissions

Outer Banks History Center Celebrates 25th Anniversary With Call for Submissions

MANTEO, NC November 4, 2013 – To celebrate its 25th anniversary, the Outer Banks History Center is partnering with the Dare County Arts Council to present an art exhibit, An Eye for Art, a Heart for History, showcasing the many aspects of the heritage and history of the Outer Banks and surrounding areas through a broad spectrum of artistic media and expression. Artist submissions are being sought. “We’re inviting artists to submit works that embody a personal sense of appreciation for our unique culture and history for display in the History Center Gallery,” said Curator and Site Manager KaeLi Schurr. Awards will be presented in five categories: Best in Show, People’s Choice, Excellence Award for Best Depiction of Theme, Excellence […]

Give the Gift of Life at the Aquarium

Give the Gift of Life at the Aquarium

Roanoke Island, NC September 10, 2013 – Give the gift of life Thursday, Oct. 10, from 1-6 p.m. during the annual American Red Cross Blood Drive at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. Donors meet Count Sharkula and can tour the Aquarium, as well has have a chance to win tickets to the Aquarium’s popular October Trick or Treat Under the Sea event in a drawing at the end of the day. If you would prefer to set up an appointment for your donation between 1 and 3 p.m., please visit http://www.redcrossblood.org/make-donation.      

Outer Banks History Center Receives Unique Donation

Outer Banks History Center Receives Unique Donation

MANTEO, NC September 4, 2013 — The Outer Banks History Center in Manteo has received a one-of-a-kind donation of hand drawn maps of the Currituck Shooting Club property at Poyner Hill on the Currituck Banks. The donation, given by an anonymous donor, belonged to Murray J. Chappell, Sr., the superintendent of the hunt club from 1959 to 1977. The collection contains 32 hand-drawn color maps created by Chappell and features the ponds, creeks and duck blind locations. They even show the best wind direction for hunting in each section. “The history of the hunt clubs in our region is a popular topic with a broad audience,” said Curator and Site Manager KaeLi Schurr of the donation. “This collection is exceptional […]

Rare Leucistic Alligator at Aquarium

Rare Leucistic Alligator at Aquarium

Roanoke Island, NC August 15, 2013 – We know you love our alligators. but have you ever seen a rare leucistic alligator? Both the albino and leusistic alligator’s skin coloration is due to rare genetic traits. The white coloration of both the albino and leucistic alligators comes from the recessive genes that are masked in most alligators, but displays itself in the albino and leucistic alligators. A white alligator will most likely be an albino one rather than the extremely rare leucistic alligator. Albino gators lack pigment completely. Blood vessels that are visible through the transparent tissue give them their pink eyes. Abnormities are also common, such as crossed jaws and curved spines. Out of the roughly 5 million alligators […]

Learn to Talk and Walk Like a Pirate at Roanoke Island Festival Park

Learn to Talk and Walk Like a Pirate at Roanoke Island Festival Park

MANTEO, NC August 13, 2013 – Come join us for Pirate Scallywag School on August 23 at 2 and 3 p.m. (1 hour each class) at Roanoke Island Festival Park.! Children can learn from the pirate crew how to walk, talk and act like a pirate. Kitty Hawk Kites will offer pirate face painting from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free. Outer Banks Pirate Festival is sponsored by Kitty Hawk Kites and continues with other activities on the Outer Banks until its conclusion on Monday, August 26th. Join Kitty Hawk Kites and celebrate the great pirate history of the Outer Banks, home of the Mid-Atlantic Graveyard! Learn about the local maritime history, enjoy a little pirate fight, and […]