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What's New for 2019?

If you’ve been to the Outer Banks before, there’s no doubt you entertained yourself with some of the area’s classic activities such as strolling the Duck boardwalk, fishing, surfing or visiting the Lost Colony site. While those are still appealing options, it’s 2019 and new things are happening. Whether you’re on the lookout for a new restaurant, an untried activity, or just some new insight, we can point you in the right direction.

Oregon Inlet Bridge Grand Opening

This past February, the new bridge that was built between Bodie Island and Hatteras officially opened. The project began three years ago, and is designed to be substantially more durable to survive the rough Carolina coastal waters than the Bonner Bridge, which was dedicated in 1963. The new bridge was named the Marc Basnight Bridge in honor of the former North Carolina State Senator who served in the General Assembly from 1984 to 2010. The new, $252 million bridge was dedicated on April 4, 2019. Built of stainless, reinforced steel, it is expected to last for at least a century.

Wild Horses Update!

For years, it has been a bit of a mystery as to where the nearly 100 wild horses of Corolla go when the weather turns frigidly cold. During the summer, the horses are seen along the beach, grazing on grasses and running on the sand. This past winter, a helicopter survey located them in a deep inland part of Corolla. This marshy area has fresh water and green grasses year-round and is surrounded by an area so dense that the helicopter was absolutely necessary in finding them. These horses are very capable of surviving the cold Carolina winters. However, the Corolla Wild Horse Fund has begun a campaign with billboards advising people not to feed the horses. People food, including carrots and apples, can give the horses colic and gravely injure them.

Tiny Homes Festival

For such a little concept, a big event is coming to the Outer Banks. On June 8-9, the Tiny Homes Festival is coming to the Soundside Event Site in Nags Head. We’ve all heard about this latest housing trend that is sweeping the nation. Now you can come and venture through several models showcasing the latest in efficient storage capacities. You’ll see various architectural designs from modern to farmhouse and cabins to a chapel. Plus, the event will host a number of special guests and experts in tiny house construction. This is your chance to learn about living little!

The Art of Surfing

This September, the Dare County Arts Council will unveil a Surfboard Exhibit.
 Surfing has been an extremely popular sport on the Outer Banks for many years. Through this exhibit, visitors will see a wide variety of longboards, short boards, and maybe some antiques. In addition, artworks depicting the sport will be displayed among the boards. The opening of this exhibit will also correlate with the Outer Banks Surfalorus Film Festival happening Sept. 19-21. However, the Surfboard exhibit will only run until the middle of October, so make plans to see it before it leaves like the tide.

New Restaurants and Stores

There are some new places to shop or grab a delicious bite to eat and a refreshing beverage on the Outer Banks! If you’re looking for something different, here are a few of the area’s newest businesses:

  • Khan’s Mongolian Grill in Kill Devil Hills (Opening Soon!)
  • Outer Banks Olive Oil, Wine and Cigars at the Outlets Nags Head (Opening Soon!)
  • Outlets Nags Head (formerly Tanger Outlets)
  • Ashley’s Espresso Parlor in Kill Devil Hills
  • House of Hemp OBX in Kill Devil Hills
  • Outer Bean Cafe will have a 2nd location in Duck (Opening Soon!)
  • Woo Casa Kitchen in Nags Head
  • Ascension Studio OBX in Kitty Hawk
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