Jennette’s Pier

Jennette's Pier

Hook into world-class fishing, youth adventure camps, an exceptional banquet facility as well as clean, wide, public beaches, bathhouse, and free parking all at Jennette's Pier in Nags Head.

A family favorite fishing location for over 80 years now, Jennette's Pier is always a good addition to any group itinerary in the Outer Banks.

Jennette's Pier is one of the longest-running attractions on the Outer Banks, located in Nag's Head. The site offers an indoor education center, seasonal programs for all ages, and of course, some seriously excellent fishing off of the 1,000-foot long pier. The pier is a part of the North Carolina Aquarium system.

This pier has a long history of being a popular fishing spot, construction first starting in the 1930s. The Jennette Brothers and their father purchased 5 acres and hired a construction company that started the project by hammering 65-foot pilings into the ocean floor. After the base was sturdy, a 754 foot long, 16-foot wide boardwalk was built, with a 28-foot wide T shape at the end, and the pier was officially opened in 1939.

Today you will see a 1,000-foot long boardwalk with a revitalized Pier House, the area being rebuilt after the 2003 Hurricane Isabel. The Pier House offers an Ocean Classroom and Giants of the Sea exhibit, which features some of the region's largest collections of trophy mounted catches. There are various other interactive science exhibits over subjects such as renewable energy, as well.

Of course, you cannot leave Jennette's without doing some fishing for yourself, with a small tackle shop on site plus rod and reel rentals. The types of fish you can expect to catch here include red drums, bluefish, flounder, mackerel, and striped bass.


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