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Outer Banks Top Things to Do with Kids

9 Aug 2018
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Traveling to the Outer Banks with kids? If so, you’ll want to check out our list of top things to do with kids on the Outer Banks.

Obviously, the beach is great for building sandcastles, flying kites and collecting shells, but the Outer Banks offers many more kid-friendly adventures that are sure to make your Outer Banks vacation one they’ll remember forever. 

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 1. Jockey’s Ridge National Park

Jockey's Ridge is the tallest natural sand dune in the Eastern United States. Kids love to run (or roll) down the dunes, explore the big open space and may even opt to take a hang gliding lesson!

2. Wright Brothers Memorial

Climb the giant hill for a beautiful view from atop. Learn about the history of flight, tour the facility and end with a photo op on in front of the Wright Brothers Monument!

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3. The H2OBX Waterpark

H2OBX has a whole section of the park just for kids! It has many slides, sand pail beach, and a smaller wave pool! Hang out with your kids while they have a blast!

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4. Sound Beach at Jockey’s Ridge

Wade in the shallow warm waters of the sound beach behind Jockey’s Ridge. It is a public beach access but not everyone knows it is there. For young kids who don’t know how to swim or are intimidated by the crashing waves of the Ocean, this is the perfect place to spend the day.

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5. Spend a Day in Manteo

Visit the Aquarium, Elizabethan Gardens, Roanoke Island Festival Park, The Lost Colony, Marsh’s Lighthouse and tour a replica of the Elizabethan II on the waterfront.
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6. Visit Currituck Heritage Park

Climb the Currituck Lighthouse, tour the Whalehead Club or take advantage of free programs for kids at the Center for Wildlife Education!


7. Wild Horse Tour

The kids will love seeing the Wild Mustangs roam the dunes and beaches of Carova. They may also get a kick out of driving on the beach.


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8. Learn to Kayak or Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP)

The calm waters of the many sounds in the Outer Banks allow kids to learn how to kayak or stand up paddleboard.

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9. Go Fishing

Whether it be pier fishing or a charter fishing trip, the Outer Banks fishing experience is unforgettable! Fishing licenses are required for children ages 16 and older.

Fishing piers include: Kitty Hawk Fishing Pier, Avalon Fishing Pier, Nags Head Fishing Pier, Jennette’s Fishing Pier, Outer Banks Fishing Pier.

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