13. Take a Ferry Ride!

Grab the family, hop in the car, and go exploring the Outer Banks in a new way.  Take a FREE ferry boat ride!

At the north end of the Outer Banks in Currituck County, you can take the ferry to Knotts Island.  On Hwy 168 near the town of Currituck you will see signs for the ferry.  Courthouse Road takes you to the ferry landing where you can drive on and enjoy the 45 minute free ride across the beautiful Currituck Sound. The ferry has climate controlled lounges if you would prefer to be inside, but most riders enjoy the salt spray and sunshine on the deck.  Watch the waters closely as you go because you never know what you might see!

On the other end of the Outer Banks you can explore Ocracoke Island by taking a 40 minute free ferry ride from Hatteras Island.  As soon as the ferry embarks from the dock you can leave your vehicle and walk the deck or climb up to the passenger waiting room where you can see waters of both the sound and the ocean.

Stay outside and enjoy the warm breezes and summer sun. As you look forward toward Ocracoke you’ll see the maze of markers that define the continuously changing channel. Keep your eyes open for dolphins playing, swooping gulls and pelicans diving for their food, and sea turtles lazing on the surface.  If you are traveling further south, there are ferries from Ocracoke to Swan Quarter and Cedar Island which require reservations and charge a small fee.

The free ferry boat rides are wonderfully exciting and will lure you back again and again.