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7223 S Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, North Carolina 27959, USA
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Ever since 1939, families have made lifetime memories while visiting Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head. Even though wind, waves and water have knocked down previous versions of this ocean fishing pier, today’s 1,000-foot-long, concrete platform offers a delightful place to fish, stroll, socialize and soak in the salt air. Bring your family by to see why folks refer to Jennette’s Pier as a family fun spot (Banner photo by Bodhi Darden, boy with fish and dolphins by Susan Dotterer Dixon).


Anglers flock to Jennette’s Pier because it offers such a wide variety of species to target. There’s almost always something biting except for the most bitter days of winter. These North Carolina marine fishes include: black drum, bluefish, bonito, channel bass, croaker, dolphin fish, flounder, king mackerel, little tunny, pinfish, pigfish, pompano, puffer, sea mullet, sheepshead, spadefish, Spanish mackerel, stripped bass, spotted seatrout, weakfish and more.


While strolling the pier, visitors may get to see bottlenose dolphins playing in the surf or lines of brown pelicans skimming just above the cresting waves. At times anglers are reeling in prehistoric – looking animals such as clearnose skates or rays that are caught and released. From time to time, small sharks called dogfish are caught and released too. During the summer osprey fish hawks can be seen fishing over the ocean troughs and in winter, on rare occasions, humpback whales can sometimes been seen spouting along the horizon.


Check out our neat aquariums and interactive exhibits in the pier house during your visit. Out on the pier, there are dozens of educational graphic panels for you to explore. Our educators also offer weeklong summer camps, host school groups and more!