The best Outer Banks activities for Father’s Day weekend

father and kids on a dock over water

Spending Father’s Day weekend in the Outer Banks? Make the most of it! Take Dad out on a one-of-a-kind adventure and create lifelong memories. We’ve compiled a list of the best activities you do with Dad if you haven’t gotten him a present yet. Take a look at some of the most popular adventures through Kitty Hawk Kites that are sure to make his day!

Discover Outer Banks wildlife with Dad

Taking a trip to the Outer Banks is more than just a beach trip. Our unique location has become home to a large and thriving ecosystem made up of amazing wildlife. All along the Outer Banks, we have specialized trips to seek out stunning marine animals, waterfowl, wild horses, and more. What will you see?

Paddle out on a kayak eco-tour


On the top of our must-do list is heading out on a guided Alligator River Kayak Tour.  Take a step back in time as you paddle through the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, one of the largest and most pristine wildlife refuges on the East Coast. Discover the history of Buffalo City’s logging community and the story behind one of prohibition’s most famous “moonshine capitals.” Wind your way through open creeks and narrow canals as you explore the swirling red waters and ‘living fossils’ of this cypress swamp.

Search for wild Atlantic bottlenose dolphins with the Nags Head Dolphin Watch


Nags Head Dolphin Watch Dolphin eco-tour

Hop on a Dolphin Tour for an unforgettable experience. Aboard our covered 40-foot pontoon boat, you will observe bottlenose dolphins, pelicans, and osprey! Biologists run these dolphin tours as part of their research on these beloved aquatic animals. As passengers, you will be able to see how researchers with the Outer Banks Center for Dolphin Research, a nonprofit organization, conduct their research. Families of all ages and sizes love this tour and come back every year to see the returning dolphin pods.

Learn the history of the Corolla Wild Horses on a wild horse tour

Corolla Wild Horse Tour

Ride along with your guide into the heart of the 4 wheel drive area north of Corolla in one of our unique, custom vehicles. The breathtaking scenery and ocean breezes, with eclectic history and folklore added to the mix, will create lasting memories for all. You and the whole family will have a ball. This Outer Banks wild horse tour is 2 hours long and about 20 miles round trip. You will be guided and driven in a custom 10 passenger four wheel drive vehicle. Your guide will take you into the Wild Horse Conservation Easement and other areas accessible only by us.

Learn to Fly

Kitty Hawk Kites has been teaching the world to fly since 1974. So you know Dad’s in good hands when he comes to take off with us. It just isn’t a trip to the Outer Banks without taking flight at the birthplace of modern aviation.

Take off on a hang gliding lesson over Jockey’s Ridge State Park

Dune Hang Gliding at Jockeys Ridge State Park

Of course, we have to recommend taking hang gliding lessons at Jockey’s Ridge State Park. Anyone can fly at the Kitty Hawk Kites Outer Banks Flight School. With over 400,000 students ranging in age from 4 to 92, hang gliding with Kitty Hawk Kites is the perfect adventure for every family. You and your dad will love learning to soar like a bird together! Don’t forget to add the GoPro film & photo package so you can save and share the memories. Looking for a bigger adrenaline rush? Try a tandem hang gliding flight from the Cotton Gin in Jarvisburg where our instructors take you up to heights of 2,000 feet or higher.

Get your heart pounding on a kiteboarding lesson

kiteboarding at Waves Village Resort in Rodanthe

Ready to try a kiteboarding lesson? The most exciting and thrilling new water sport, kiteboarding, is guaranteed to get your adrenaline pumping, yet it is easy enough for almost anyone to learn. Kiteboarding, or kitesurfing, is a synergy of wind and water forces that takes harnessing the wind to the extreme! Kitty Hawk Kites Kiteboarding School is located at Waves Village Watersports Resort on world-famous kiteboarding lesson mecca: Hatteras Island of the Outer Banks, NC. Kitty Hawk Kites is dedicated to providing the most professional instruction available for students of all levels.

Take Dad out fishing

No matter what skill level you have or what type of fishing you like to do, you and Dad will have a blast on a fishing trip. The Outer Banks is full of a variety of different fish species, so you can cast out and catch almost anything.

Join a 30-year-old Outer Banks tradition on the Miss Oregon Inlet Head Boat

Miss Oregon Inlet head boat fishing

Departing from Oregon Inlet Fishing Center in Nags Head at the foot of the Bonner and Basnight bridges, the Miss Oregon Inlet cruises only 10 minutes to the gateway of the Atlantic Ocean and Pamlico Sound and then it’s time to drop the lines in the most abundant fishing grounds on the Outer Banks! Best of all, when you fish aboard the Miss Oregon Inlet Head Boat, bait and tackle are provided and you do not need to purchase a fishing license.

Cast out from a Hobie kayak fishing charter

Hobie kayak fishing charter

Complete beginners and experienced anglers are sure to enjoy a Hobie Kayak fishing charter. Kayak Fishing is one of the fastest-growing sports in the world. Hobie Kayaks revolutionized the kayaking and fishing industries by enabling you to navigate your kayak hands-free. A guide will teach you how to operate your kayak and take you out to the shallow sound sound-side waterways of the Outer Banks. There you will fish for Drum, Speckled Trout, Flounder, and many other species of fish.

Of course, the entire crew of Kitty Hawk Kites takes your health and safety very seriously. All of our activities and stores are being operated with social distancing practices in place. No matter how you choose to celebrate Father’s Day, a Kitty Hawk Kites adventure on the Outer Banks will thrill the whole family.