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The year-round sun and warm temperatures of North Carolina and Hatteras Island, plus the sand, sun, water, and fun of the area make them an ideal destination for your getaway with the one you call Mom this year. There are several islands to choose from, but Hatteras Island is full of Mother’s Day fun, along with all that sand, sun, water, and fun she craves. There are plenty of things to do and see, along with some extra special Hatteras Island activities for Mother’s Day just for her to make your trip one to remember!

Mother’s Day Brunch

Give Mom a vacation from everything and let someone else prepare and serve the Mother’s Day feast. There are various restaurants in the area that will be serving up the traditional Mother’s Day meal along with their regular menu items. If you have a favorite restaurant on Hatteras Island, contact them to find out the details like date, time, and whether or not you need reservations.

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Avon Fishing Pier

If Mom or any of her loved ones are anglers, make sure part of the time this Mother’s Day trip to Hatteras Island includes one of her favorite activities. The Avon Fishing Pier stretches 665 feet out into the Atlantic and is open 6 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily. Fishing off the end is bound to net you some interesting catches you won’t find closer to shore. Take time to admire the crooked bends of the pier that are a testament to the time and Mother Nature beating away at what is now the only operating pier on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. You can also check out the Rodanthe Pier while you’re here.


An island escape this Mother’s Day means time on the beach with Mom. The warmer weather and waters of late spring mean you can spend a little extra time out in the sun or splash in the water on your beach days this Mother’s Day. Lay out in the sun and sunbathe, get some exercise with a walk or run on the sand, or brave the waters for a swim, snorkeling, or SCUBA adventure.

Other Water Activities

In addition to the many Hatteras Island activities on the beach that attracted you and Mom to this scenic place, there are other fun water sports to get you out on the water. Paddle your way through calmer waters on a stand-up paddleboard, kayak, or canoe, including toward the pristine marshes and wildlife sanctuaries around the island. Up the adrenaline and the speed and take off on a jet ski or take surfing or windsurfing lessons from certified instructors.

Beach Horseback Riding

Whether you and Mom are seasoned equestrians or it’s your first time on a horse, make the beautiful backdrop of the beach and Atlantic Ocean waves a ride to remember. Call or email to make reservations with your selected company, and be prepared to provide the ages, heights, and weights of riders so they can pair you with the horse most appropriate for each person. Horses will walk down the sandy beaches as well as in the water for an unforgettable beach experience.

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

Make a stop at the iconic Cape Hatteras Lighthouse a part of your Mother’s Day plans. The breathtaking black and white structure that protects one of the most hazardous sections on the entire Atlantic Coast is a can’t-miss landmark during your Mother’s Day getaway. Even though there are renovations going on so you won’t be able to enter the lighthouse, the grounds of the lighthouse are open 24/7.

Hatteras Island Ocean Center

Learn more about the ocean on your Mother’s Day visit. The center is part of the Outer Banks National Scenic Byway, which stretches across Bodie, Hatteras, and Ocracoke Islands, Down East, and the Pamlico Sound. The center is within walking distance of central Hatteras Village. Take a kayak nature tour, go on “Turtle Patrol” where you’ll learn about the area’s sea turtles and view active nests, or learn about birding in the Outer Banks.

Hatteras Weather Bureau Station

The wood-frame structure was built in 1901. While in service from 1902-1946, it provided data on conditions in the Atlantic Ocean from a fixed location farther into the ocean environment than any other on the Atlantic Coast at the time. After the active operation ended, it then became living quarters for Weather Bureau personnel. The historic structure has also been used as a research station by many of North Carolina’s universities investigating “concerning” marine invertebrates.

Celebrate Mom on Hatteras Island

Start planning the perfect Mother’s Day getaway when you book a vacation rental with Midgett Realty. We have everything from a cozy one-bedroom for Mom’s relaxing solo trip, all the way up to a sprawling ten-bedroom for a Mother’s Day trip that includes the whole family. Prepare Mother’s Day brunch or any meal in the unit’s fully equipped kitchen or stretch out with some popcorn and Mom’s favorite show or movie. Retreat to a private bedroom for some rest and relaxation at the end of the day. Spoil Mom a little with a premium unit that may include flat-screen TVs, stainless steel appliances, and more.

Call us today to begin a Hatteras Island Mother’s Day adventure!