Many vacationers refer to a large section of the Outer Banks as "Nags Head." Though incorrect, many say this is because of the town's long held history with tourists. Nags Head, the central town of the Outer Banks, welcomed tourists to the pristine shores as early as the 1830's - it was the first coastal resort of the Outer Banks. Today, out-of-towners travel hundreds of miles to enjoy the sandy beaches and the many attractions and activities the town offers. Bodie Lighthouse offers a museum, the double Keepers home, a bookstore and other lighthouse exhibits. Tourists climb the steps of the historical tower to watch the immense light as it circumnavigates the waterway. For other, packing a lunch to climb the many steep dunes and enjoy a picnic while watching the waves roll in provides the perfect adventure for the day.
Still others crave a different sort of adventure, fishing. Nags Head boasts of some of the best surf fishing in the world. Fishing enthusiasts come down for the weekend or even day trips just to cast their pole or net off of the sandy shores. Depending on the season you'll find Flounder, Red Drum, Spanish Mackerel, Stripped or Black Bass to name a few close to the coast. For children, the winds off the dunes pumps up plenty of wind for kite flying. String fishing for Blue Crab or catching spots in gill nets also provides fun memories that last a lifetime. Camp fires spread the scents of the catch-of-the-day as the sun sets and travelers enjoy their memorable trip. With a little bit of everything for everyone, it's no wonder that Nags Head remains a huge favorite for vacationers around the globe.