The Hatteras-Ocracoke Ferry is free and runs often, the crossing time time is about 40 minutes.
Free Things to Do
Looking for fun free things to do at the Outer Banks? There are tons of great activities that can be enjoyed for free or on a budget. Let's face it...family beach vacations can get expensive, here's a handy list of ideas for FREE things to do at the Outer Banks. Here are some fun free things for the whole family to enjoy. Find free, reduced price events, and deals on activities.
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Ocracoke Island has been ranked as "World's Best Island Beaches" multiple times for safe swimming and thin crowds, sand softness, number and size of waves, lifeguard protection.
Crabs can be caught in local sound waters from late spring into early fall, but the best months for crabbing are May, June and July.
For the best shell collecting, the Outer Banks is the place to go. Any of the ocean facing beaches in North Carolina will produce nice shells.