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First-time visitors to the Outer Banks




We're a family of four headed to the Outer Banks for vacation next month, as the title suggests. We're driving in and will be there for a week. Our strategy is to relax on the beach and see historical sites. Just curious as to what are some of the must-see and do attractions? And what should you stay away from?

For those who are curious, we will be staying at Kill Devil Hills. Thank you very much for all of the information!
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Definitely go to Wright Brothers Memorial. You could hit a couple of lighthouses Currituck and Bodie Island. Bodie (it’s actually pronounced like “body”) Island is open for climbing. Cape Hatteras lighthouse is the most famous and tallest, it’s well done by the National Seashore, but the light house itself is closed for maintenance this summer. Cape Hatteras is a pretty long drive (an hour) from KDH. You’re pretty close to Jockey’s Ridge State Park as well. Other things to check out- Chickamacomico Lifesaving Sation in Rodanthe is great. Go to Manteo to the NC Aquariium or Elizabeth II.


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Definitely dont drive on Corova Beach without 4WD


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Other things to check out- Chickamacomico Lifesaving Station in Rodanthe is great.


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Other things to check out- Chickamacomico Lifesaving Station in Rodanthe is great.


^^^^This on your Thursday afternoon (2PM) ^^^^

A little background: Click to follow link...

Why 1400 on Thursdays? : Click to follow link...

You/family/kids will leave with a new perspective on all things ocean rescue and the history of the US Coast Guard!

OceanBlue
We will have to check this out. Where exactly do they do this? How long does it last?


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Other things to check out- Chickamacomico Lifesaving Station in Rodanthe is great.


^^^^This on your Thursday afternoon (2PM) ^^^^

A little background: Click to follow link...

Why 1400 on Thursdays? : Click to follow link...

You/family/kids will leave with a new perspective on all things ocean rescue and the history of the US Coast Guard!

OceanBlue
We will have to check this out. Where exactly do they do this? How long does it last?

SandRider


The drill itself is conducted "behind" / ocean side of the facility (23645 NC-12, Rodanthe, NC 27968) Click to follow link...

The drill duration is "approx" under 30 min, but you'll want (I think) to walk around the grounds and maybe check out the video inside the main house. Maybe grab lunch at Waterman's, watch a little riding ( where some of this movie was filmed Click to follow link...) while munching on sesame tuna before heading over to the station.

For such a goofy part of the world, the TriVillages have some cool stuff to see smiley

PS: if a member of your group is a young adventurous type make sure he/she is in the front of the crowd - close to and visible to the crew ;)


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Thanks Ocean for mentioning the Chickamicomico lifesaving drill. It’s awesome to watch, and that station has a great history behind it. Visible remains of shipwrecks are at Pea Island (part of a ship’s boiler sticks out of the water.). A couple of miles below the Chickacomico lifesaving station you can see part of another ship’s engine sticking out of the water. (I think it’s at the end of Sands Dr.). Drive to the end of the road and walk across the dune.


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Jockey's Ridge is a must for first-time vistors...and ever year visitors too. Thumbs up


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We're a family of four headed to the Outer Banks for vacation next month, as the title suggests. We're driving in and will be there for a week. Our strategy is to relax on the beach and see historical sites. Just curious as to what are some of the must-see and do attractions? And what should you stay away from?

For those who are curious, we will be staying at Kill Devil Hills. Thank you very much for all of the information!

virat22


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When you venture to Ocracoke be sure to visit the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum near the ferry landing in Hatteras Village.

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In addition to the places already mentioned, I suggest the Elizabethan Gardens (Manteo), Jenettes Pier (Family Fishing), NC Aquarium in Manteo, The bumper boats at Peace Frog, now called Coastal Creamery OBX, First Flight Adventure Park and the Soundside Beach behind Jockey's Ridge. If you want to do a dolphin tour, Nags Head Dolphin Watch is the go to company we use. Nothing that I would say outright avoid, but we try to do all our souvenir spending at local small shops such as Swell Ceramics and only go to the chain beach gear places for stuff we can't find elsewhere that we need like cheap boogie boards.

If you find that the beach near your rental is too crowded for your liking, there are lots of beach accesses in the Nags Head and South Nags Head area and farther south. Generally ,the farther south you go, the less populated and the less crowded it is.

Good luck for a great vacation!

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On a light wind day head down to either Pirates Cove or Oregon Inlet Marina to see the daily catches from the offshore boats. Boats are usually coming back in around 5pm and the daily catches are thrown on the dock for photos. Really cool if you have never seen it.


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Food-wise I recommend Tortuga Lie. Just down the road in Nags Head. I always get their crab cakes.


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Mile post 11 on bypass road, across from the YMCA, is Dowdy Park. Terrific playground!


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We're a family of four headed to the Outer Banks for vacation next month, as the title suggests. We're driving in and will be there for a week. Our strategy is to relax on the beach and see historical sites. Just curious as to what are some of the must-see and do attractions? And what should you stay away from?

For those who are curious, we will be staying at Kill Devil Hills. Thank you very much for all of the information!

virat22


First and foremost, enjoy your vacation with plenty of beach time!

As for "must do things":
- Climb a lighthouse - both Bodie Island Lighthouse and Currituck Beach Lighthouse are great visits. Bodie is a bit closer to KDH than Currituck butt both are great visits.

- visit some historical sites - Wright Brothers National Memorial, Fort Raleigh Historical Site, Chicamacomico Life Saving Station, Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum, Historic Whalehead Club...

- See some unique natural areas - Go hang gliding at Jockey's Ridge (contact Kitty Hawk Kites), Drive down Cape Hatteras National Seashore. See historic Ocracoke Village (that's a full day trip including a ferry ride), rent a kayak/sailboat, charter a fishing boat, go on a wild horse tour in Corolla...

- see some of the local noteworthy attractions - Visit a BrewThru, see a showing of the Lost Colony, go fishing at one the piers, golfing, mini-golf...

- eat at some local places - A few of my recommendations... For Breakfast - Sam & Omies,

Lunch & Dinner - Kill Devil Grill, Lone Cedar Cafe, Mama Kwans, Arts Place, Collington Cafe

Dessert - Surfin Spoon, Kill Devil Custard

That's just a few ideas...


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So many great recommendations. I would add Paradise Cruises in Wanchese. Book early. Its a lot of fun. We saw about 50 dolphins today. Take a rain jacket. There is some spray at times. Corolla lighthouse is also an easy climb for children.


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