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:
20 Things to Do With Kids in the Outer Banks
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.
- Flying Kites on the Beach
- Killer Sandcastles
- Ghost Crab Hunting
- Jockey's Ridge State Park
- Wright Brother's Memorial
- Roanoke Island Festival Park
- Elizabethan Gardens
- Bodie Island Lighthouse
- Fishing at Jennette's Pier
- Paddle Boarding on the Soundside Beach (We rented our boards from Kitty Hawk Surf Company)
- The Beach
- 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:
- "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.
- Wild Horses
- North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island
- Deep Sea Fishing: From what I understand the Outer Banks are the ultimate destination for deep sea fishing.
- The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum
- The Civil War Trail
- Cape Hatteras and Ocracoke Lighthouses
- The Lost Colony
Planning a Trip to the Outer Banks?
Check out OuterBanks.org. 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 in the Outer Banks?
Check out our 5 favorite places to eat with kids in the Outer Banks!
Where to Stay in the Outer Banks
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!
It's the perfect rental to split up with several families!
Frequently Asked Questions About the Outer Banks
What is the Outer Banks?
The Outer Banks are barrier islands off the coast of the U.S. state of North Carolina, separating the Atlantic Ocean from the mainland.
What airport should I fly through to get to the Outer Banks?
1. Norfolk VA - 82 Miles Away
We fly through Norfolk Virginia and rent a car. Plan for about a 90 minute drive plus or minus 30 minutes depending on where you are staying. The drive is scenic and beautiful. Last time we were there we pulled over and bought an apple pie from a pie stand! Does that sound like the movies to you? Because it was totally like the movies and the pie was amazing!
We typically fly with Southwest Airlines and find great deals on flights through Norfolk.
2. Raleigh Durham International Airport - 192 Miles Away
This is a little further away. Still a beautiful drive.
3. If you are in the mood to hop on some smaller plans some of these airports in the Outer Banks might work for you!
When is it hurricane season in the Outer Banks?
The Atlantic Hurricane season technically runs from July 1st until the end of December, but on the Outer Banks, the majority of hurricanes or tropical storms that have affected the coast have historically arrived in August or September.
We've been to the Outer Banks three times now. Twice in May and once in October. In October we encountered a decent sized NorEaster storm that took up a couple of days of our trip. I knew I was rolling the dice going in the Fall. The weather the week before we got there and the week after we left was PERFECT.
What's the best time of year to visit the Outer Banks?
The pictures you see featured in this post were taken during the month of May. The weather was amazing - a little bit cool at times but consistently nice. Prices on rentals spike after Memorial Day (and so does the humidity) so if you can stick close to the shoulders of the summer season we think that's prime time. Our top picks? The month of May through mid June and late August through September (even though hurricane season might get in the way).
Been to the Outer Banks? Share your family travel tips in the comments!
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