Best Time to Visit Outer Banks


When Not to Visit

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During high season, June through September, the temperatures typically hover between the high 70s and 90s, and the water can be a balmy 80. The region caters to vacationing families. In the summertime there’s always something to keep kids of all ages entertained—from family-fun nights at Kitty Hawk Kites to surf camps and Daredevils baseball games, which may be Minor League but many of their players graduate to the Majors.

During the shoulder season, October through November and April through May, the beach quiets down considerably, and hours at the historic attractions and on the ferries are limited. The weather can be chilly and overcast, but fishing, golf, and bicycling are possible year-round. Prices on vacation rentals drop accordingly.

Between December and March, low season, the hours for the lighthouses and other historical attractions remain limited, so be sure to check schedules before you go. The weather is chilly during the day, lingering in the 50s, and made colder by air blowing off the water. During the night, it can get downright freezing.