Island Activities

Some of the things you can do when visiting Ocracoke; activities on Ocracoke Island, NC.

Ask the Observer: What is this strange-looking fish? Shocking answer

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By Peter Vankevich Long-time fishing buddies Ned Bull and Lanier Smith, both of Kernersville, spotted an unusual fish Dec. 9 while fishing south of the airport...

Spring fishing: the red drum are hungry

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By  Ken DeBarth As the air and water tem­peratures rise and the days get longer, large red drum begin their annual spring migra­tion. In...

Bicycle and golf cart safety and the law

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Updated June 26, 2016 By Grace West Bicycles are a big part of the transportation landscape on Ocracoke. It may be hard to imagine that in the...

The nighttime sky on Ocracoke has a starring role

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For Ocracoke news, click here.  See below for information about the NPS nighttime sky appreciation event 7 to 10 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14, at the...

A Gulf Stream quest for the big ones

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By Mike Lydick It’s 5:45 in the morning. The sky is gunmetal grey with ribbons of pink and orange and blue to the east of...

OcraCats find Blackbeard’s cat

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To catch up on Ocracoke news, click here. “Ahar, Chester!” says Blackbeard from beyond. “You’re me newest mate for me ship!”    Eighty feline hopefuls from...

Susan Dodd: Creating art for a cause

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By Connie Leinbach After a successful career as a novelist, Susan Dodd realized she is really a visual artist. For almost two decades, the islander has...

Independence Day activities on Ocracoke begin

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Observer staff report Independence Day festivities on Ocracoke kicked off Saturday with the island-wide scavenger hunt, which started at the Books to Be Red stage. July...

Dan Robinson’s lifelong love of decoy carving will be on display...

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By Peter Vankevich Dan Robinson always loved the outdoors. Growing up in Beaufort County, he and his friends did just about everything outside, but he especially...

Seasonal closings on Ocracoke

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A fall evening at the entrance to Ocracoke's Silver Lake Harbor. Photo: C. Leinbach For Ocracoke news, click here. As winter approaches, most Ocracoke shops and...