29 Jun Family Getaway to the Outer Banks
Unlike most popular travel destinations in the U.S., the Outer Banks in North Carolina offers a unique getaway to a place that is neither crowded nor overrun, but that will leave you wanting to come back.
Along more than 100 miles of wide-open shorelines, seaside villages and unique towns provide a feeling of being away from other people and even the U.S., which given the ongoing pandemic, may be just what you want to do while still going on a vacation.
However, don’t think that you won’t be seeing anyone at all. In fact, the Outer Banks are great for any family vacation. So, whether you’re looking for a getaway with the family or considering apartments for rent in the area, here are some things you have to check out.
As the east coast’s highest sand dune, Jockey’s Ridge is the go-to spot for a perfect sunset. While you can definitely bring the kids along for some fun in the sand, kite-flying or self-guided trail-hiking, there are also activities for the more adventurous, such as hang gliding.
Wright Brothers National Memorial
The Wright Brothers National Memorial is a real adventure for the entire family. Here, you can embark a replica of the famous plane created and flown by the Wright Brothers. Learn all about the troubles they faced when building the plane and the importance of the first flight, as well as engage in STEM-based activities. It’s a great opportunity to learn something new and have a one-of-a-kind experience.
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, with its famous black and white stripes, is the tallest in the Americas. Serving as a warning to many generations of mariners, the lighthouse is also famous for its history during the Confederate War, during which it suffered significant damage. Today, you can enjoy some history as you climb to the top of the lighthouse before taking in the breathtaking views.
An activity for the entire day, you can embrace 400 years of history – from Native American culture to the first English colonization to the American Civil War – on Roanoke Island. Sail away on Elizabeth II to see what life at sea was like, a unique opportunity that will surely cause you to feel as though you’ve traveled back in time. You can also attend The Lost Colony Outdoor Drama, which is the nation’s longest-running outdoor show.
The Outer Banks are also great for those looking to just bum around on the beach. After all, that’s what they’re known for, given their oceanfront location. Go kayaking, paddle-boarding, fishing or simply swimming. Plus, don’t forget to go ghost crab hunting once the sun sets. Just grab a flashlight and try to catch a glimpse of the crabs before they run away from your light.
The OBX are a great destination year-round. So, don’t hesitate to grab your kids and head out to this North Carolina escape for your next family vacation.