Why the Outer Banks?
The barrier islands of the Outer Banks, with its miles of sandy beaches and untouched natural beauty, is one of the most popular beach vacation destinations on the East Coast. With its laid-back and friendly atmosphere, and wide variety of outdoor activities, it’s the ideal family vacation spot and great for a weekend getaway both on and off season.
There‘s heaps to enjoy all year round. Down at the beach, you’ll find surfing, skim boarding, scuba diving, snorkeling and kayaking facilities. Discover the local history, great shopping and amazing restaurants in and around the islands’ enchanting towns and communities. Or spend a day at sea deep or shallow sea fishing.
The natural untouched beauty of the Outer Banks also makes this an ideal wedding venue. So much to do and see, but for now we’re sharing our Top 10 Things to Do during your vacation in the Outer Banks.
Top 10 Things to Do during your vacation in the Outer Banks
1. Corolla ATV Horse Tour
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Corolla Jeep Adventures offer all-year-round adventure tours along the shores of the Outer Banks. Jump on board their custom safari truck, or blaze the trail in an ATV. Along the way you’ll enjoy spectacular views, see the wild horses and learn about local ecology and history.
2. OBX JetPack
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Head up, up and away with an OBX jetpack flight experience. Beginners can learn to master the jetpack in as little as six minutes and enjoy the ultimate thrill in an unassisted solo flight.
3. NC Aquarium
We love take a trip to Roanoke Island and the North Carolina Aquarium, where the waters of the Outer Banks are waiting to be discovered. Explore the wetlands, experience a day as an aquarist, learn about maritime conservation, or kayak around the island.
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4. OBX Aerial Tours
Discover the Outer Banks from the air with an OBX Aerial Tour. There are different tours that will take you over the Wright’s Brothers, shipwrecks, Bodie Island lighthouse, Kill Devil Hills and much more. Or design your own flight route to take in your favorite Outer Banks sites.
5. Stand Up Paddleboarding
Video courtesy of Kity Hawk Kites
Anyone that’s tried SUP (Stand Up Paddleboarding) will know it’s question of finding your balance. Once you have it’s a fun and relaxing way to spend time on the water, taking in the views to shore, and out across the water. We recommend Kitty Hawk Kites for Stand Up Paddleboarding and other adventures.
6. Kayak Eco Tours
Take a Kayak tour if you want to enjoy the Outer Banks from the water at a nice slow pace. The team at Kayak Eco Tours are excellent guides teaching you about local coastal ecology along the way. This is a great way for the whole family to spend a morning or afternoon. No experience necessary!
7. The Lost Colony
Video courtesy of The Lost Colony Org
In 1587, a group of English men, women, and children discovered Roanoke Island and claimed the land as a permanent English settlement in the New World. Three years on and English ships arrived to bring supplies, They found the island deserted with no sign of the colonists. What happened is still a mystery today. The Lost Colony has been reenacting these events for over 30 years. The annual summer performances brings together over 100 actors, dancers, singers, and technicians who create a magical evening for the whole family.
8. Ghost Crabbing
If you’re coming on a family vacation, you can’t go home without spending an evening hunting ghost crabs. Atlantic ghost crabs are found along the quieter beaches of the Atlantic coast. They spend their days burrowed in the sand, but at night come out in droves. Kids go mad on these late night trips, armed only with a bucket and flashlight! Check out these tips for successful ghost crabbing.
9. Dolphin Tours
All aboard The Captain Johnny boat for a Guaranteed Dolphin Watch cruise. Enjoy Morning, Afternoon or the spectacular Sunset Dolphin watch in the protected waters off the Outer Banks, NC. Take in the breathtaking views along the way. Dolphin mating and birthing can be observed on many of the cruises.
Image courtesy of Outer Bank Cruises
10. Okracoke Day Trip & Ferry Ride
Head over on the rerry to Okracoke Island. Take in the island’s spectacular natural coastline, go shelling along deserted beaches and explore untouched maritime forests. Or spend time learning about the Outer Banks history in the local museums, and head to the harbour for shopping and food.
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