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20 Things To Do With Your Kids In The Outer Banks

Ever thought of an Outer Banks Vacation for your family? I had some flight vouchers I needed to use and decided I wanted to go as far away from SLC as I could (within the U.S.). I don’t know if I technically accomplished it, but I think I got about close on distance! We shared a beach house with Stephanie and her family and explored the Outer Banks. We loved every minute of it. Here’s why:

Outer Banks Vacation: 12 Things We Did With the Kids

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Outer Banks Vacation for Your Family: 12 Things We Did in the Outer Banks and 8 More Things We're Going Back For!

 Our Favorite Activities:

We packed a lot into 7 days and still could have found more things to do! Be sure to click through the slide show above where I run through the quick and dirty details about all that we did. Below is a list of the places we went with links.

  1. Flying Kites on the Beach
  2. Killer Sandcastles
  3. Ghost Crab Hunting
  4. Jockey’s Ridge State Park
  5. Wright Brother’s Memorial
  6. Roanoke Island Festival Park
  7. Elizabethan Gardens
  8. Bodie Island Lighthouse
  9. Fishing at Jennette’s Pier
  10. Paddle Boarding on the Soundside Beach (We rented our boards from Kitty Hawk Surf Company)
  11. The Beach
  12. Not featured in the slide show: I had an amazing massage at Hairoics and I went back twice and considered moving there so I could make my massage therapist my massage therapist for life. That’s commitment.

For Our Next Trip

We truly wished we had 2 weeks here. Here are some of the things we didn’t fit in but want to do next time:

  1. “Put Put” otherwise commonly called Miniature Golf. Someone told me there is a difference between the two, but I can’t figure out what it is. There were several really cool places right along the highway.
  2. Wild Horses
  3. North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island
  4. Deep Sea Fishing: From what I understand the Outer Banks are the ultimate destination for deep sea fishing.
  5. The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum
  6. The Civil War Trail
  7. Cape Hatteras and Ocracoke Lighthouses
  8. The Lost Colony

Planning a Trip to the Outer Banks?

Check out  I think this is one of the best travel websites I’ve used with so much helpful information. I’ve combed this site not only for this trip, but also for an event that we are planning later in the year and it’s been SO helpful.

Where should you eat?

Check out our 5 favorite places to eat with kids in the Outer Banks!

Want to know where to stay?

We worked with Carolina Designs on this trip and stayed in THE BEST location! We were on the beach next to Jennette’s Pier and centrally located for just about anything we wanted to do.  We had 2 families (7 kids + 4 adults) in one house and I swear we could have fit 2 more families easily. Our house was right on the beach complete with pool, hot tub and HUGE windows that looked out over the ocean. We can’t say enough about how much we loved this house!

Here’s the listing for Summer Oasis!

Outer Banks Summer Oasis Rental from Carolina Designs

It’s the perfect rental to split up with several families!

Been to the Outer Banks? Share your family travel tips in the comments!

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  1. Em 03/04/2017 at 8:15 am

    Hi:) Nice article! Do you remember the name of the person who gave you a massage at hairoics? I’ve been thinking about going there!

  2. Michele 03/03/2017 at 11:00 pm

    My family has been vacationing here since the 1980s. It is my absolute favorite place in the continental US. I’d add window shopping in Duck and at Kitty Hawk Kites by Jockey’s Ridge. You have to buy a GOOD kite. Dare Devil Pizza is great – it was always our dinner on the night we arrive. And a hammock strung under a house on stilts. It’s truly the life.

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