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Duck , so named for the large numbers of waterfowl that once flocked to the area during migratory season, is located on the north end of the Outer Banks. It is a peaceful residential area, well known for having some of the best beaches on the Atlantic Coast. A mile long stretch through the center of town is lined with boutiques, unique gift shops and restaurants. There are no hotels in town, but many rental cottages are available and one bed & breakfast inn. A convenient trolley is available within the community for the elderly. Although quiet in nature, Duck has plenty of activities. The soundside north area offers kayaking, parasailing, jet skiing, boating, sailing and windsurfing. There is a bike path that runs the entire length of the village that can also be used for walking, jogging and inline skating. Just north of town is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Research Pier, a fascinating world-renowned coastal research facility that is open to the public for tours. The facility was created to study the processes of the surrounding barrier islands, and over the years has collected a wealth of data during hurricanes and Nor'easters. Other nearby Outer Banks attractions include the Cape Hatteras National Seashore and Lighthouse, the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, the Wright Brothers Memorial at Kill Devil Hills and the Corolla wild horses.

Surrounding areas: Sanderling, North Carolina (3.3 mi), Point Harbor, North Carolina (6.7 mi), Kitty Hawk, North Carolina (7.8 mi), Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina (11.7 mi), Corolla, North Carolina (15.3 mi), Nags Head, North Carolina (16.4 mi), Manteo, North Carolina (18.6 mi)

Duck Vacation Rentals

Duck Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Sanderling Inn & Resort1461 Duck RdKitty Hawk, NC2.6 mi.(919) 261-4111
Hilton Garden Inn5353 N Virginia Dare TrlKitty Hawk, NC5.4 mi.(252) 261-1290
Beach Haven Motel4104 Va Dare TRLKitty Hawk, NC7.8 mi.(919) 261-4785
Holiday Inn Express3919 Croatan HwyKitty Hawk, NC7.9 mi.(252) 261-4888
Budget Host InnKill Devil Hills, NC10.6 mi.(252) 441-2503
Comfort Inn North401 N Virginia Dare TrlKill Devil Hills, NC11.9 mi.(252) 480-2600
Days Inn Mariner180 N Virginia Dare TrlKill Devil Hills, NC12.0 mi.(252) 441-2021
Days Inn-oceanfront101 N Virginia Dare TRLKill Devil Hills, NC12.0 mi.(252) 441-7211
Hampton Inn & Suites333 Audubon DrCorolla, NC15.3 mi.(252) 453-6565
First Colony Inn6720 S Va Dare TRLNags Head, NC16.4 mi.(919) 441-5340
Nags Head Inn4701 S Virginia Dare TRLNags Head, NC17.5 mi.(919) 441-0454
Elizabethan Inn814 Hwy 64Manteo, NC18.6 mi.(252) 473-2101
Scarborough Inn524 Hwy 64/264Manteo, NC18.6 mi.(252) 473-3979
Quality Inn Sea Oatel7123 South Virginia Dare TRLNags Head, NC19.9 mi.(919) 441-7191
Culpepper Inn609 West Main StElizabeth City, NC27.9 mi.(252) 335-9235
Microtel Inn & Suites848 Halstead BlvdElizabeth City, NC28.4 mi.(252) 331-7751
Comfort Inn Of Elizabeth City306 S Hughes BlvdElizabeth City, NC28.5 mi.(252) 338-8900
Hampton Inn402 Halstead BlvdElizabeth City, NC28.7 mi.(252) 333-1800
Quality Inn522 S Hughes BlvdElizabeth City, NC28.8 mi.(252) 338-3951

Duck Weather & Climate

The Outer Banks weather is generally mild year round with abundant sunshine. Summer precipitation is the greatest and also the most variable, occurring mostly with thunderstorms. Daily showers are not uncommon, but neither are periods of one to two weeks without rain. Autumn is the driest season. Summer air temperatures are generally cooler along the immediate coastline than even just a few miles inland. The Gulf Stream has some direct effect on winter weather, especially on the immediate coast. Though it lies some 50 miles offshore, warm water eddies spin off from the Gulf Stream and helps moderate the winter air temperatures along the Outer Banks. Occasionally the Gulf Stream clashes with the cold Labrador Current, causing unstable conditions. Tropical hurricanes come close enough to influence North Carolina weather about twice in an average year.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 51°F 35°F 4.67 in. 49°F
February 53°F 37°F 3.22 in. 46°F
March 60°F 43°F 4.62 in. 52°F
April 68°F 51°F 3.13 in. 59°F
May 75°F 59°F 4.21 in. 68°F
June 82°F 68°F 4.77 in. 73°F
July 86°F 72°F 5.25 in. 77°F
August 85°F 71°F 5.64 in. 80°F
September 80°F 67°F 4.93 in. 76°F
October 71°F 56°F 4.10 in. 70°F
November 63°F 48°F 3.40 in. 58°F
December 55°F 40°F 3.67 in. 55°F

Duck Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Northeastern Regional airport (EDE) located about 46 miles west of Duck in Edenton, North Carolina, the Chesapeake Regional airport (CPK) located approximately 46 miles northwest of Duck in Norfolk, Virginia, the Norfolk International airport (ORF) located roughly 55 miles northwest of Duck in Norfolk / Virginia Beach / Williamsburg, Virginia, and finally the Suffolk Municipal airport (SFQ) located around 58 miles northwest of Duck in Suffolk, Virginia.

Duck Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Dowdy'sNags HeadNC16.4 mi.
MotorworldVirginia BeachVA48.8 mi.
Water Parks
Wild Water RapidsVirginia BeachVA48.8 mi.
Water Country U.S.A.WilliamsburgVA92.6 mi.
Golf Courses
Pointe Golf ClubPowells PointNC5.4 mi.
Carolina ClubGrandyNC8.0 mi.
Goose Creek Golf & Country ClubGrandyNC8.0 mi.
Duck Woods Country ClubKitty HawkNC8.2 mi.
Sea Scape Golf LinksKitty HawkNC8.2 mi.
Nags Head Golf LinksNags HeadNC18.2 mi.
State Parks
Jockeys Ridge State ParkNC16.1 mi. 
False Cape State ParkVA29.2 mi. 
National Maritime CenterNorfolkVA55.3 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Chrysler Museum of ArtNorfolkVA55.3 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Hampton Roads Naval MuseumNorfolkVA55.3 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke IslandManteoNC18.6 mi.
Virginia Zoological ParkNorfolkVA55.3 mi.
North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll ShoresAtlantic BeachNC115.8 mi.

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