Best ferries in Outer Banks

Check out the top ferries in Outer Banks, reviewed and ranked by the city’s locals
1. Ocracoke Island
1. Ocracoke Island
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15 local reviews
Ocracoke Island
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Carol
Ocracoke is separated from the rest of the world by the 20+ mile wide Pamlico Sound, which means that the only…
Jenni
Go back in time to O. Island! Very small and quaint! Take the FREE ferry ride from Hatteras to Ocracoke!…
Jenni
Take the FREE ferry from Hatteras to Ocracoke for a unique quaint day trip back in time! We highly recommend…
1. Ocracoke Island
1. Ocracoke Island
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15 local reviews
Ocracoke Island
Carol
Carol
Ocracoke is separated from the rest of the world by the 20+ mile wide Pamlico Sound, which means that the only way to access the island is…
Jenni
Jenni
Go back in time to O. Island! Very small and quaint! Take the FREE ferry ride from Hatteras to Ocracoke! Locally owned business' only! Be…
Jenni
Jenni
Take the FREE ferry from Hatteras to Ocracoke for a unique quaint day trip back in time! We highly recommend you take a look at Ocracoke…
2. Shackleford Banks
2. Shackleford Banks
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18 local reviews
Shackleford Banks
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Nicole
Shackleford Banks, the southern-most barrier island in Cape Lookout National Seashore, is home to more than…
Delia
This island is where the Shackleford ponies reside. There are probably 100 of them and you might even see…
John
Take a ferry to this quiet island only inhabited by wild horses. Spend one hour or all afternoon away from it…
2. Shackleford Banks
2. Shackleford Banks
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18 local reviews
Shackleford Banks
Nicole
Nicole
Shackleford Banks, the southern-most barrier island in Cape Lookout National Seashore, is home to more than 100 wild horses. Venture out by…
Delia
Delia
This island is where the Shackleford ponies reside. There are probably 100 of them and you might even see them on the beach. This is a…
John
John
Take a ferry to this quiet island only inhabited by wild horses. Spend one hour or all afternoon away from it all. Bring water, food, and…
3. Hatteras Ferry Terminal
3. Hatteras Ferry Terminal
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7 local reviews
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Jen & Joe
Take a scenic boat ride on the Hatteras/Ocracoke Ferry! It takes less than an hour and on Ocracoke Island,…
Cheryl
If you are looking to get away for the day and visit Ocracoke Island, the Ferry is the only way there and…
Justin
The only way to get to Ocracoke Island. We recommend this 25 min ferry ride. Drive further south to visit the…
3. Hatteras Ferry Terminal
3. Hatteras Ferry Terminal
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7 local reviews
Jen & Joe
Jen & Joe
Take a scenic boat ride on the Hatteras/Ocracoke Ferry! It takes less than an hour and on Ocracoke Island, you can enjoy free…
Cheryl
Cheryl
If you are looking to get away for the day and visit Ocracoke Island, the Ferry is the only way there and back. Ocracoke is a very small…
Justin
Justin
The only way to get to Ocracoke Island. We recommend this 25 min ferry ride. Drive further south to visit the town of Ocracoke for a day…
4. Cape Lookout Lighthouse
4. Cape Lookout Lighthouse
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10 local reviews
Cape Lookout Lighthouse, Harkers Island
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Nicole
Built in 1859, the Cape Lookout Lighthouse is located on the Cape Lookout National Seashore. There is a Light…
Greg And Diane
If watching the Cape Lookout Lighthouse (CLO) from the giant Yates Cottage windows peaks your interest then…
Dave
Excellent day trip excursion by ferry from Harkers Island. Or if you're the adventurous type, try kayaking…
4. Cape Lookout Lighthouse
4. Cape Lookout Lighthouse
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10 local reviews
Cape Lookout Lighthouse, Harkers Island
Nicole
Nicole
Built in 1859, the Cape Lookout Lighthouse is located on the Cape Lookout National Seashore. There is a Light Station Visitor Center and…
Greg And Diane
Greg And Diane
If watching the Cape Lookout Lighthouse (CLO) from the giant Yates Cottage windows peaks your interest then why not take a ferry over, climb…
Dave
Dave
Excellent day trip excursion by ferry from Harkers Island. Or if you're the adventurous type, try kayaking across the sound to Cape Lookout.
5. Cherry Branch-Minnesott Beach Ferry
5. Cherry Branch-Minnesott Beach Ferry
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6 local reviews
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Arlington Place
Free Car Ferry Hold 20+ cars
5. Cherry Branch-Minnesott Beach Ferry
5. Cherry Branch-Minnesott Beach Ferry
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6 local reviews
Arlington Place
Arlington Place
Free Car Ferry Hold 20+ cars
6. Ocracoke
6. Ocracoke
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7 local reviews
Ocracoke, Ocracoke
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Cheryl
This is an awesome day trip. You will take a 45 min ferry each way, take bikes or rent them when you get…
Gia
A perfect day trip gorgeous views of the islands part of the southern banks! And then take the Ferry to your…
David
Take a NC ferry to the home of Blackbeard the pirate! Good restaurants and gift shops. Make a ferry…
6. Ocracoke
6. Ocracoke
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7 local reviews
Ocracoke, Ocracoke
Cheryl
Cheryl
This is an awesome day trip. You will take a 45 min ferry each way, take bikes or rent them when you get there. There are little art…
Gia
Gia
A perfect day trip gorgeous views of the islands part of the southern banks! And then take the Ferry to your final destination - Ocracoke!…
David
David
Take a NC ferry to the home of Blackbeard the pirate! Good restaurants and gift shops. Make a ferry reservation - it will fill up! …
7. Cape Lookout
7. Cape Lookout
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10 local reviews
Cape Lookout, Cape Lookout
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Jane
If you have a day & good weather, take the ferry over & hike across to the ocean to see miles & miles of…
Cheryll
Ferries make multiple trips a day from Harker's Island and Beaufort to Cape Lookout where you can go shelling,…
Dave & Carol
Amazing beauty, just a quick ferry ride away .. watch the new born foals with their moms and checkout Dusty…
7. Cape Lookout
7. Cape Lookout
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10 local reviews
Cape Lookout, Cape Lookout
Jane
Jane
If you have a day & good weather, take the ferry over & hike across to the ocean to see miles & miles of undeveloped beach. Sometimes you…
Cheryll
Cheryll
Ferries make multiple trips a day from Harker's Island and Beaufort to Cape Lookout where you can go shelling, fishing, horse watch, climb…
Dave & Carol
Dave & Carol
Amazing beauty, just a quick ferry ride away .. watch the new born foals with their moms and checkout Dusty the golden haired Stallion as he…
8. Rachel Carson Reserve
8. Rachel Carson Reserve
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7 local reviews
Front Street, Beaufort
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Nicole
Hiking, birdwatching, wild horses, shelling, kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, etc. The only way to reach…
Paula
It is close to Beaufort but far enough away to seem isolated. The nature trail is primitive and a self-guided…
Patty
Rent a Paddle Board or Kayak, or simply take the Ferry Service over to the Rachel Carson Reserve and enjoy the…
8. Rachel Carson Reserve
8. Rachel Carson Reserve
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7 local reviews
Front Street, Beaufort
+1 252-838-0886
Nicole
Nicole
Hiking, birdwatching, wild horses, shelling, kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, etc. The only way to reach the Rachel Carson reserve is…
Paula
Paula
It is close to Beaufort but far enough away to seem isolated. The nature trail is primitive and a self-guided trail brochure is available at…
Patty
Patty
Rent a Paddle Board or Kayak, or simply take the Ferry Service over to the Rachel Carson Reserve and enjoy the wildlife and the beach
9. Carrot Island
9. Carrot Island
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4 local reviews
Carrot Island, Beaufort
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Jane
Hop on a ferry from Front Street to the island you see in front of you to see wild horses, a great beach & not…
Jenifer
You can get there via a ferry taxi or rent a kayak. Wild horses.
Dawn
You can take ferries to the Islands. Try Island Ferry Adventures
9. Carrot Island
9. Carrot Island
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4 local reviews
Carrot Island, Beaufort
Jane
Jane
Hop on a ferry from Front Street to the island you see in front of you to see wild horses, a great beach & not much else. No development…
Jenifer
Jenifer
You can get there via a ferry taxi or rent a kayak. Wild horses.
Dawn
Dawn
You can take ferries to the Islands. Try Island Ferry Adventures
10. Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum
10. Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum
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10 local reviews
59200 Museum Dr, Hatteras
Closed · Opens 10:00 AM
+1 252-986-0720
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Annette
Check out the history of Pirates and shipwrecks off of the Outer Banks of NC, also known as the "Graveyard of…
Rhoda
Museum is very close to the ferry docks. Very informative showing the history of the Outer Banks.
Birgitta
Nice day trip to Hatteras village or include as part of ferry excursion to Ocracoke Island.
10. Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum
10. Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum
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10 local reviews
59200 Museum Dr, Hatteras
Closed · Opens 10:00 AM
+1 252-986-0720
Annette
Annette
Check out the history of Pirates and shipwrecks off of the Outer Banks of NC, also known as the "Graveyard of the Atlantic". You can also…
Rhoda
Rhoda
Museum is very close to the ferry docks. Very informative showing the history of the Outer Banks.
Birgitta
Birgitta
Nice day trip to Hatteras village or include as part of ferry excursion to Ocracoke Island.
11. Beaufort
11. Beaufort
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19 local reviews
Beaufort, Beaufort
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Jo Ann
Beaufort waterfront is home to world class yachts as they anchor for awhile before moving on their world…
Sidney
Fun day trip. Take the ferry from Minnesott Beach. Go parasailing, see Cape Lookout, take the dolphin cruise,…
11. Beaufort
11. Beaufort
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19 local reviews
Beaufort, Beaufort
Jo Ann
Jo Ann
Beaufort waterfront is home to world class yachts as they anchor for awhile before moving on their world travels. Ferry service and sailing…
Sidney
Sidney
Fun day trip. Take the ferry from Minnesott Beach. Go parasailing, see Cape Lookout, take the dolphin cruise, go shelling on Shacklefort…
12. Ocracoke North Ferry Terminal
12. Ocracoke North Ferry Terminal
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2 local reviews
Ocracoke North Ferry Terminal, Ocracoke
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James And Julie
Take the ferry for free from Hatteras Village over to Ocracoke Island where you can see the ponies, sit on…
Julie
This makes for a fun day trip, if you don't mind a little scenic drive, and a ferry ride.
12. Ocracoke North Ferry Terminal
12. Ocracoke North Ferry Terminal
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2 local reviews
Ocracoke North Ferry Terminal, Ocracoke
James And Julie
James And Julie
Take the ferry for free from Hatteras Village over to Ocracoke Island where you can see the ponies, sit on miles of wonderful sandy beaches,…
Julie
Julie
This makes for a fun day trip, if you don't mind a little scenic drive, and a ferry ride.