Shelling is a popular (and highly addictive!) activity for OBX visitors and locals alike. Finding a completely intact whelk is commonplace in the winter. If you’ve been lucky enough to find a beautiful piece of seaglass in the summer, imagine finding a handful of it in one stroll down the beach in the winter. Dress warm and be sure to bring a mesh bag to hold all of your findings. See how many of these common shells you can find on your next off-season shell hunt.
Metal detecting is another great way to find buried treasure on the beach. This activity takes a bit more skill, some special equipment, and possibly a special use permit. Do your research beforehand to be sure that metal detecting on the beach is legal in the area you plan to visit.