Duck, N.C. is a barrier island at the north end of the Carolina Outer Banks. It is 75 miles south of Norfolk, Virginia, in the northeast section of North Carolina. Until the early 1980s, when the state opened Route 12 into the northern part of this town, it had remained a sleepy and undeveloped village. It experienced a construction boom in the 80s and since then has become a year round vacation destination on the Atlantic Ocean.
The name Duck was taken simply for the vast quantity of water birds that used to thrive in the area during the migratory periods.
There is an Army Corps of Engineers Field Research Facility here at the north end of town. It is the world's leader for the collection of data on waves, tides, currents and winds.
Duck, N.C. is a jumping off place for enjoying a variety of water sports on the sound and on the ocean. Much of the village can easily be explored on bicycle or even on foot with a tree lined backdrop.
This small town is now filled with bookstores, art galleries, specialty shops, gourmet food markets and coffee shops.
A broad sampling of cuisines can also be found in the town that only incorporated legally in the year 2002. An area of 10 acres of forest along the sound serves as a municipal park which includes trails and boardwalks. There are playgrounds, benches and picnic areas within the park.
The park is also a center for events like concerts and festivals, as well as organized activities for children.
Other sites include a local wine vineyard that can be visited here.
Duck, N.C. has a resort with a spa as well as a bed an breakfast for visitors to stay the night and enjoy the sunrise over the Atlantic.
The Currituck Sound side makes for a calm canoe journey over to Pine Island and the Audobon Sanctuary that is found from Duck Island.
There is a wide sandy beach at Duck, with plenty of room for visitors, especially during the week. While most water sorts can be engaged in here, the area is particularly known for its windsurfing as there is almost always a wind coming in off of the sea. There are 7 private businesses that rent water sports equipment in Duck.
There is not much space for land sports in Duck, however tennis courts and golf courses can be found just a short drive away from here.
Although there are a variety of restaurants, closing time is early, unlike in seasoned tourist destinations.
In recent years luxury vacation rental homes have been opening here to meet the growing traffic of visitors.
From Duck it is just a short trip south on the island to Kitty Hawk where the Wright Brothers launched the first manned flight. Today that is the nearest location to Duck for hang gliding.