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Things to do in Pamlico Sound

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Lighthouse
“this is a must. take a right onto the highway 12, pass the little league ball field, take the next right, follow road all the around. ”
  • 50 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
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“A larger grocery option, just in case Dollar General or Waves market does not carry what you are looking for! ”
  • 11 locals recommend
History Museum
“The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras has exhibits and demonstrations on OBX history and culture, talks on the Civil War and WWII, maritime art and music, and fishing history and life-saving stories. They also hold scavenger hunts for kids.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Bakery
“Must stop by for the famous Apple Uglies. All the pastries are huge. This place can be packed and out the door for weekend breakfast but the wait is worth it. ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Beach
“You won’t regret a day trip to pea Island, or the southern beaches! Worth the drive… You’ll likely have the entire strip of beach to yourself! Avoid this area if you are not a good swimmer (or stay in the tidal pools or  shallow waters.) Great for walking, birding, picnics, photography & nature! ”
  • 11 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Combination of family style food and sushi which makes for an interesting dining opportunity. Sit at the sushi bar and talk with the sushi chef about how fresh the sushi fish is for a fun experience.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Beach
“This refuge was created and is managed to benefit migratory waterfowl along the Atlantic flyway. Guided bird walks and beach activities are the main activities here. Very nice visitor center with viewing scopes inside and helpful, friendly, knowledgable staff. Winter birding at its best! www.fws.gov/refuge/alligator_river/”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Unassuming location, but a great lunch spot after a morning at the beach. A Fresh and delicious delicious menu. Prepare to wait. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Excellent food, fun location. You can see your dinner coming straight from the boat!”
  • 11 locals recommend
Bar
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“We love this bar! It’s quaint, yet a local go-to and always has something going on. Love music, karaoke, games, shuffle board. Their bar menu is surprisingly fantastic, the best bar food menu I’ve ever had in the area! Also, get the soaked pineapples if they are available...amazing!!”
  • 10 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“20 min drive down to the village of Hatteras. Some of the best food on the island.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
“One of the few late night spots in the area. New management, lots of theme night entertainment.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A local favorite. Great daily specials. The wings are amazing and so are the fish tacos!”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This place is very popular so arrive early for dinner! Specials: *Mule Mondays- 7$ Mules *Tuesday Brewsday- 3$ Pints *Wine down Wednesdays- Half priced bottles til 10pm *Tequila Thursdays Their Fishbites are the best, as well as, their fish tacos! Always check their websites for their live music line up! ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bar
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“Our favorite place for steamed shrimp, clams and oysters. They also have great burgers. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Burger Joint
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“Always good, pleasant staff and yummy burgers. They also have a veggie burger. ”
  • 5 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Combination of family style food and sushi which makes for an interesting dining opportunity. Sit at the sushi bar and talk with the sushi chef about how fresh the sushi fish is for a fun experience.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Excellent food, fun location. You can see your dinner coming straight from the boat!”
  • 11 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Unassuming location, but a great lunch spot after a morning at the beach. A Fresh and delicious delicious menu. Prepare to wait. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Bar
“One of the few late night spots in the area. New management, lots of theme night entertainment.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Restaurant
“A local favorite. Great daily specials. The wings are amazing and so are the fish tacos!”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“This place is very popular so arrive early for dinner! Specials: *Mule Mondays- 7$ Mules *Tuesday Brewsday- 3$ Pints *Wine down Wednesdays- Half priced bottles til 10pm *Tequila Thursdays Their Fishbites are the best, as well as, their fish tacos! Always check their websites for their live music line up! ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“20 min drive down to the village of Hatteras. Some of the best food on the island.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Burger Joint
“Always good, pleasant staff and yummy burgers. They also have a veggie burger. ”
  • 5 locals recommend

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