The barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina are dotted with quaint towns and villages, each with its own individual character and charm — but Duck has one thing no other Outer Banks community can claim: A Soundside Boardwalk.

The nearly mile-long boardwalk can be accessed from strategic parking and pedestrian right of way crossings to play, shop and dine.

Throughout Duck, an array of shops are arranged in a low-key collection of shopper-friendly complexes, including Osprey Landing, Scarborough Faire Shopping Village, Scarborough Lane Shoppes, The Waterfront Shops, Wee Winks Square, Duck Commons, Duck Soundside Shops and Loblolly Pines.

Shops range from gourmet markets and funky gift shops to upscale boutiques and specialty merchants — and all within walking distance. Along the way, you can enjoy a favorite coffee, tea and fresh-baked pastry or stop for a relaxing meal at The Bluepoint Restaurant, Aqua Restaurant or Fishbones Sunset Grille, where a stunning sunset and live music are on the menu.

There’s no shortage of free fun to be had in this quaint community, from live music to special events designed to enhance the Duck experience. Here’s a sampling:

Rise and shine

Start your day on the Duck Town Green with a yoga class for students of all levels led by Duck Village Yoga. Classes are held on the Green Tuesday mornings at 7:30 a.m. through Sept. 4. Participants are asked to bring a yoga mat or a beach towel and water.

On Wednesday morning, local trainer DL Althoff leads an energizing workout at 7:30 a.m. through Sept. 5. The Dynamic Flow workout is a natural, practical, and playful calisthenics workout for the amateur and the athlete. A yoga mat is not needed for this class, but water is encouraged. Find out more about his practice at

Free family fun

On Wednesdays, the Scarborough Faire Shopping Village courtyard is the site of Faire Days Festival Series. The free event, which is from 1 to 5 p.m. through Aug. 29, features live music, games with prizes, shopping specials, food tastings, face-painting, art projects, magic and more.

Grab a hoop

Learn how to hula hoop on the Town Green on Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. Participants will earn to hoop around the waist, trying simple tricks, and playing fun games with hula hoops. This class is an excellent way to get kids moving and having a fun time outside. The town will be providing the hula hoops, however please bring your own if you have one.

Kids should bring a water bottle to class. A yoga mat or towel to sit on is recommended.

Please wear sneakers play shoes and athletic attire. Parents are welcome to come watch or even join in the class.

‘Fall’ in love with Duck

Make plans to visit Duck in the fall for the 2018 Duck Jazz Festival.

The free event — which begins Saturday evening, Oct. 6, and continues Sunday, Oct. 7 — features a variety of jazz performers.

Food and drinks will be available to purchase from town eateries and chairs will be available for rent. Attendees may also bring food, coolers, chairs, blankets and well-behaved leashed dogs.

The Duck Jazz Festival is held rain or shine. To find out more, visit


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