Thursday, June 1, 2017
By Leslie Gilmore
Ten Things to Do During Your Vacation in the Outer Banks
  1. Jockey’s Ridge State Park. Located in Nags Head, Jockey’s Ridge is a 426-acre park that has the largest natural living sand dune on the East Coast. Jockey’s Ridge State Park is great for the kids and the whole family. The views from the dunes are fantastic; the best time to go is before the sun sets, it’s an amazing view. There are two self-guided trails and nature programs available year-round. Jockey’s Ridge has a visitor’s center, small gift shop, museum, picnic facilities and restrooms. A few activities to participate in are hang gliding, kite flying, and hiking.  http://www.jockeysridgestatepark.com/

 

  1. Wright Brothers National Memorial. The Visitor Center features full-scale reproductions of the Wright 1903 Powered Flyer, and a pavilion exhibit hall with special exhibits including a replica of the 1902 Wright Glider and a multipurpose auditorium. The grounds have historical markers of each attempted powered flight, replica camp buildings and a 60-foot granite monument on top of Big Kill Devil Hill (a 90-foot dune) in honor of the Wright brothers. The park features a replica of the Wright Brothers' plane that visitors can see and listen to an entertaining history of flight. There are group tours and walking tours. Visiting the Wright Brothers Memorial is an exciting experience to take part in, and learn about the Wright Brothers and hear their story. http://www.nps.gov/wrbr/index.htm

 

  1. Lighthouses. Bodie Island Lighthouse is south of Nags Head, and stands 150 feet high. It flashes its 160,000 candlepower beacon 19 miles over the ocean. Currituck Beach Lighthouse is 158 feet high, and is located in Corolla. Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is 208 feet high making it the tallest brick beacon in the country. Ocracoke Lighthouse is only accessible by ferry, but not available for climbing, but it is North Carolina’s oldest operating lighthouse. The Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse is easily accessible along the Manteo Waterfront. The lighthouse contains exhibits highlighting Roanoke Island’s lighthouse and maritime history.

 

  1. Nature and Wildlife Tours. Corolla features Wild Horse Adventure Tours, which gives visitors the opportunity to see the wild horses of the Outer Banks and ride through beach, dune, and forest trails with Hummer Adventure Tours. Discover the unique sights the Outer Banks has to offer. The tour guides take you onto northern beaches that are accessible only with a 4x4 off-road vehicle. http://wildhorsetour.com/

 

  1. 4WD, ATV, and Off-Road Tours. Corolla Jeep Adventures and Rick’s Jeep Adventures have Jeep rentals to see the Outer Banks Wild Horses. The Jeep tour will take you across the pristine 4X4 beaches. http://corollajeeps.com/

 

  1. Piers. The Kitty Hawk Pier was originally built in 1953, and was damaged by Hurricane Isabel in 2003, but has been reconstructed. Avalon Pier is located in Kill Devil Hills, and is a great spot for fishing and popular with locals. Nags Head Pier is regionally known for the amazing oceanfront views out of the dining room. Outer Banks Pier is the last fishing pier north of Oregon Inlet, located at milepost 18.5 in Nags Head. Jennette's Pier is located in Nags Head and newly designed. The pier reopened in the spring of 2011, and is owned by the North Carolina Aquarium Society. http://www.fishing-nc.com/nc-fishing-piers.php

 

  1. Helicopter and Air Tours. OBX Biplanes and Barrier Island Aviation in Manteo offer plane rides over the beautiful Outer Banks where you can see beaches, lighthouses, shipwrecks and sea life all from an airplane. Coastal Helicopters in Manteo offer air tours and scenic flights over the Outer Banks. http://www.obxbiplanes.com/

 

  1. Golf Courses. Sea Scape Golf Links in Kitty Hawk has dramatic elevation changes offer ocean views on several holes. The Currituck Club golf course offers basketball and tennis courts, a fitness center, and bike trails. Nags Head Golf Links provides a coastline experience while golfing. If you are looking for a course for the family Professor Hacker’s Lost Treasure Golf in Kill Devil Hills is a quaint miniature golf course has a pirate theme and train cart ride.

 

  1. The Lost Colony. Located in Manteo, the Lost Colony is a entertaining performance for the entire family. The Lost Colony is the epic story of America's first English colony. Over thirty years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, a group of 117 men, women and children waded ashore on Roanoke Island in July 1587 to establish the first permanent settlement of its kind in the Americas. www.thelostcolony.org/  

 

  1. The Whalehead Club. Historic Whalehead in Corolla was originally built in the 1920s. The residence has been restored to its original grandeur and is open for tours year round. Located inside Historic Corolla Park, the museum is on 39 acres of waterfront property. Features are walkways, a tall bridge, a gazebo with seats, and much more. Open year-round for a variety of tours, and children's activities and park for children all ages. https://www.visitwhalehead.com/
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