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Top Outer Banks Kid-Friendly Activities 

The Outer Banks is a great place for kids of all ages. With plenty of things to do and places to see, your kids will soak up much more than sunshine on their next Outer Banks Vacation. Consider one of these great kid-friendly activities on your next Outer Banks Vacation!

Jockey's Ridge National Park

Located in Nags Head, Jockey's Ridge is the tallest natural sand dune on the East Coast. Kids enjoy flying kites, running or rolling down the steep sandy dunes and exploring the wide open spaces. Bring your camera because Jockey's Ridge makes for a great photo op! Behind Jockey's Ridge is access to a beautiful Sound Beach with shallow, warm Sound waters. The Sound beach is the perfect place for little ones who are too young to swim in the Ocean.

Wright Brothers Memorial

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


The Outer Banks offers several historic Lighthouses, many of which are open to the public for climbing. Outer Banks Lighthouses that you can climb include; Currituck Lighthouse, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse & Bodie Island Lighthouse.

Wild Horse Tours

The kids will love seeing the Wild Mustangs roam the dunes and beaches of Carova. The may also get a kick out of driving on the beach. Wild Horse tours are offered seasonaly by many local businesses, check out our concierge for a list of recommended Wild Horse Tours.


Whether you choose to fish from one of the fine Outer Banks fishing piers or you choose a day out at sea on a Charter Fishing boat, the Outer Banks fishing experience is unforgettable. For pier fishing, the northern Outer Banks offers five fishing piers which are open to the public: Kitty Hawk Fishing Pier, Avalon Fishing Pier, Nags Head Fishing Pier, Jennette's Fishing Pier & Outer Banks Fishing Pier. Please visit our concierge to see our Charter Fishing recommendations.

Manteo Attractions

Manteo offers many kid-friendly attractions such as the North Carolina Aquarium, Elizabethan Gardens, The Lost Colony, Roanoke Island Festival Park, Marshes Light & Downtown Manteo Waterfront with a replica of the Elizabeth II.

Outer Banks Kid-Friendly Restaurants

Most of the restaurants on the Outer Banks offer a kid's menu but depending on your kids ages and how well they cooperate at eating times, you may want to consider one of these recommended kid-friendly restaurants.

Quick Service: Drive ins, Order at Counter, Take Out Restaurants

Johns Drive In
Slice Pizza (patio seating)
Outer Banks Taco Bar
Captain Franks

Table Service

La Fogata’s
Cosmo’s Pizza
Sunset Bar and Grill
Black Pelican
Mama Kwans 
BK Shuckers
Big Al’s Soda Fountain & Grill 
Barefoot Bernies 


All Outer Banks beaches are kid-friendly, however we highly recommend being near a lifeguard. Below is a list of lifegaurded beach access by town. View all beach accesses here.


  • Currituck County Southern Access - 471 Ocean Trail
  • Currituck Beach Lighthouse
  • Bonito Street
  • Shad Street
  • Sturgeon Street


  • Barrier Island
  • Four Seasons
  • Plover Drive
  • Schooner Ridge Drive
  • Sprigtail Drive

Southern Shores

  • Chicahauk Beach
  • Hillcrest Beach

Kitty Hawk

  • Byrd Street
  • Eckner Street
  • KH Bath House

Kill Devil Hills

  • First Street
  • Second Street
  • Third Street
  • Fourth Street
  • Fifth Street
  • Eight Street
  • Asheville Street
  • Atlantic Street
  • Carlow Ave
  • Clark Street
  • Helga Street
  • Lake Drive
  • Martin Street
  • Neptune Drive
  • Ocean Bay Blvd
  • Oregon Ave.
  • Raleigh Ave
  • Woodmere Ave

Nags Head

  • Albatross St.
  • Bonnett St.
  • Coquina Beach
  • Enterprise St.
  • Epstein St.
  • Forrest St.
  • Gray Eagle St.
  • Gulfstream St.
  • Hargrove St.
  • Hollowell St.
  • Juncos St.

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