The Duck Tape Beach House

                             Things to Do

For such a small, quaint beach town, Duck offers a ton of things to do. 

In addition to being within walking distance of the beach, the sound, shops and restaurants, when you stay at Duck Tape you are also within walking distance to the new Town of Duck property.  The Town of Duck has developed 10 acres of land they purchased right in the heart of Duck.  The land is geared towards families - equipped with a boardwalk along the Sound, children's play area, covered picnic areas and an amphitheater.  The children's play area wonderful and within a 5 minute walking distance from here.

Once you sign a rental agreement, we send you our 30 page, customized guidebook called The Duck Tape Beachhouse Guidebook.  In this guide, we deliver a quick, succinct overview to all of the activities in Duck, Corolla and select locations in the Outer Banks. We also provide great maps and pointers to all of the best coupons.

Here is just a tiny a snapshot of what you'll find in that book:


There are so many great restaurants right in Duck – it can be hard to pick just one!  Of course – it can often be best to skip the restaurants all together and just eat in.

       Roadside – our favorite restaurant - hands down. It’s a little, 1930's cottage that has incredible charm.  A casual place where you can wear jeans or shorts - and the food is outstanding.  If you go, be sure to get a Roadside coffee!  They also make killer Cosmos and Lynchburg Lemondates.  Take a left out of our neighborhood and it’s on your left onto Route 12 and it’s about ½ mile down.  You can walk to it easily from Duck Tape.

       Aqua S – Duck’s newest restaurant, it comes complete with the BEST sunsets on the sound, an outstanding wine and drinks list, and a solid 4-star menu.  A drink while watching the setting sun from this restaurant / bar’s deck is an ABSOLUTE Duck Tape Must Do!

       Duck Deli is a great place to get lunch, and make a mean pulled pork sandwich and a killer “Dagwood-style” Club sandwich.  It’s on the same side of the road as The Roadside but about ½ closer to home. 

       Elizabeth’s Café  - If you’re up for a 4 star restaurant this place is amazing.  It is consistently one of the top 100 restaurants in the world for its wine picks.  It’s not too kid friendly as you can imagine.  But the food and wine are great.  It’s located in the Scarborough Faire, left on Route 12 and about 1 mile down.

        Sunset Grill & Raw Bar – Walking distance to Margaritaville! At least that’s what it feels like!  The single best place in Duck to watch a sunset.  And everyone knows that, so get there at least 30-45 minutes before the main event happens if you want a drink near the Technicolor gazebo. Right on 12, it’s the first restaurant on your left.

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      Seafood – we like to go to Carawan Seafood, up on Rte 12.  The prices and variety of seafood is outstanding.  You can call ahead and order crabs too if you want.  Take a left out of the neighborhood onto Route 12 and then take a right onto 158 West.  Carawan will be on your left after the 1st light. 

      Tommy’s – Outstanding quality for steaks & seafood…but a little on the pricey side.  If you’re up for a night of spoiling yourselves, grab a couple of Filet Mignon cuts from Tommy’s (don't forget their secret steak seasoning), their amazing crab dip, a bottle of red, and set back to the house to watch the sunset.

       Crabs / Shrimp /Etc. – If Carawan is out (or it’s after 7pm), call Dirty Dick’s Crab House at 252-480-DICK.  The pickup location is Mile Post 9 on Beach road in Kill Devil Hills.  You can get their either by going left on 12 and then making the very last left BEFORE 158 onto Beach road.  Or you can hang a left on 158 and then cut left over to Beach road around Mile Post 9.  If you go – bring a credit card.  They have great Dirty Dick’s beachwear.

Things to Do and See

       North Beaches – If you take a right out of our neighborhood onto Route 12, it’s about 12 miles until the road ends at a 4-wheel drive area where you can drive on the beach, see gorgeous houses and wild horses.  Going up there, you’ll pass through Corolla – which has a great lighthouse that you should see -- and Pine Island, which has beautiful $5mm+ houses throughout.  If there’s an open house there it’s worth a look!  You won’t believe what’s inside these houses.  Also up there is the Timbuck II shopping area that has go carts and about 100 shops – even a Brew Thru (drive through beer store!).  There’s a great golf club up there too – Currituck.

       South BeachesKitty Hawk, Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills, Manteo.  There are 2 ways to get to the south beaches:  158 and Beach Road.  If you take a left onto Route 12, it will dead end at 158 and if you go left -- you’ll be on the main drag known as 158 East.  There’s a ton of family restaurants & putt putt courses on 158.  If you take 158 all the way south to Manteo (15+ miles), there are Outlets (milepost 16) on your right (Gap, Polo etc).  Also farther past the Outlets (5+ miles), you’ll come into Manteo and you can go to the aquarium down there.  But, if you go left on 12 from our house, and take a left at the last possible light BEFORE you hit 158 East (gas station is there), you’ll be on Beach Road - 1 house away from the ocean the whole way down and is a great scenic trip with lots of great restaurants & bars along the way. 

       Wright Memorial Park – See where it all happened!  Opened from 9-6, there are tours, museum, trails, etc.  Left on 158, go about 3-4 miles and it’s on your right.

       Kayaking  - Rent kayaks by the day/week and create your own adventure on the sound, or can be part of a ½ day tour in preserved areas such as Alligator River (yes, you will see Alligators!).  Check out pamphlets at Kitty Hawk Kites for more details.

       Family portraits on the beach – Gayle Tiller, a local, has a beach house on Olde Duck Road (2 streets away) and a studio in Middleburg too.  Her website is - and she does the best "family" beach scenes.  Truly great stuff!

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