The spectacle begins with the theater itself, a stunning dome adjacent to the Roanoke Sound in Manteo.
(Summer patrons take note - bug spray may come in useful on muggy summer nights without a breeze.) The drama only escalates from there, with fire displays, dancing, singing, and the historic and enthralling story of a colony that settled in Manteo and then disappeared from the face of the earth.
Most all communities, including Corolla, Kill Devil hills, Nags Head, Hatteras Island and Ocracoke, have latched onto a local late night craze that visitors love and locals adore - karaoke.
For another later-nigh alternative, head to the movies or a local show.
The Outer Banks has a movie theater in Nags Head, and Manteo has its own small theater, the Pioneer Theater in historic downtown, which is the oldest movie theater in the state.
The great thing about karaoke is that there is generally no cover charge, and even the kids in your group can hop on board.
Several restaurants that have karaoke nights also allow kids to grab a microphone before a designated hour, (generally 10 p.m.) Alan Ross Karaoke is the biggest singing road show, encouraging patrons that "the more you drink, the better you think you sound." Remember, with karaoke, talent and vocal ability is never a pre-requisite - being able to pick out a great song everyone can dance to, however, is.
The central Outer Banks towns of Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills and Kitty Hawk has dozens of cabs in operation, and even in less populated areas, like Hatteras Island, there are several cab companies available every night of the week.