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How to Get the Most from Your Outer Banks, NC, Vacation

Planning a vacation to North Carolina’s Outer Banks? Learn how you can make the most out of your vacation with this useful guide today.

a sandy beach next to the ocean


If you are heading on a family vacation to the Outer Banks in North Carolina, you are in for a memorable experience.

From beach days to boardwalk strolls, to watersports, wildlife, and nightlife, there is plenty of fun and adventure for everyone. In fact, tourism has boosted with over 1.57 million visitors last year, which is expected to be even higher next year!

There is a reason why many people choose to vacation on the Outer Banks, no matter their age or interests. The many diverse attractions offer something for everyone – from toddlers to seniors.

So, what are the fun activities to do on the Outer Banks, NC? How can you make sure you make the most of your vacation and enjoy every moment with your friends and family?

Thankfully, we got that part covered, keep on reading to learn everything there is to know about vacationing on the Outer Banks, NC!

Fun Activities to Do

If your definition of adventure is anywhere in between sunbathing on a beach and hang-gliding off a cliff, you are in luck. The Outer Banks has something for the adrenaline junkie and the beer-drinking beach lover.

If you are a sucker for adventure and thrills, there are many activities that will help you satisfy your adrenaline cravings. You can try out:

Try your hand at surfing in the morning, then sign up for an exhilarating parasailing experience in the afternoon. Then you can spend the rest of your day relaxing beachside in your own beach cabana knowing you had a great day of adventure. 

Make the Most of Your Family Experience

Most family vacations can be more exhausting than they are enjoyable, if not planned right. Use this guide to prepare for a perfect family vacation on the Outer Banks, so you can relax and enjoy the sunshine without the stress.

Pack Some Snacks

There are many restaurants along the Outer Banks beachfront, however, with a big family, the costs can add up quickly. Save money by doing a big grocery shop and stock up on items such as:

  • Fruits and vegetables (carrot sticks, grapes, bananas)
  • Chips and dips
  • Crackers
  • Water bottles
  • Cooler with ice
  • Granola bars
  • Raisins
  • Trail mix
  • Juice boxes

(We do recommend giving Nags Head Pizza Company a try. It’s a local’s favorite!)

Plan Ahead

If you are traveling with people of all ages, make sure you set up a plan with everyone and communicate about the daily plans and activity options.

If you plan on relaxing under the umbrella all day, but your teenager wants to get active, create a plan for them to have some activities while you sit back and watch them.

Know What to Bring, and What Not to Bring!

Sometimes families believe that packing everything under the sun is a great idea to save money on their vacation. While this is true for some things, there are things that you are better off renting than dealing with the hassle of bringing some things with you.

For example, you are much better off using our beach cabana rental service when you arrive, than trying to pack a shade canopy and beach chairs yourself. The service includes multiple beach chairs, a private cabana for your family, a cooler to pack your beverages, and even a trash can to keep the beach clean. Best of all, we set it up and tear it down for you every day. No hauling or lugging heaving equipment across the beach.

Create Adventures for Everyone

If your entire family loves to keep active, and you are wondering which activity you could all do together, there is nothing better than a beach bicycle family day!

Rent some beach bicycles and explore the beachside as a family. There are many fun surprises you will find along the way! 

If you have some younger children who are not bicycle-trained yet, no problem! You can request a child trailer to pull behind you. These are completely safe and fun for your child. Plus, they are protected from the sun so you can be worry-free as you ride around and explore.

Fun Places to Check out

There are some beautiful sights to see along the beachfront on the Outer Banks, ranging from cultural experiences to beautiful spots to take some family photos.

OBX Lighthouses

The lighthouses along the shoreline are some of the most historic and iconic lighthouses in America. These lighthouses make for the perfect family photos.

Alligator River

Take a tour along the Alligator River and enjoy wildlife spotting. Here you will see alligators, exotic birds, deer, and many types of fish.

Spot the Wild Horses

The Outer Banks is one of the last places in America where you can see wild mustangs roam free.

Enjoy spotting these beautiful majestic creatures as they run and play along the sand dunes, completely free from captivity.

Duck Boardwalk

No beachfront city is complete without a fun boardwalk full of shops and beautiful things to see! The Duck boardwalk is full of fun shops to peek your head into and bring something home that reminds you of your experience.

Fishing Charters

There are multiple fishing charter companies that operate along the Outer Banks area, each offering a unique experience. Ask us for a recommendation.

Catch some giant sunfish, bluefish, flounder, mackerel, trout, snapper, weakfish, bass, and so much more!

Dolphin Cruises

The Outer Banks is the best place to spot wild dolphins. These wild and majestic sea mammals are known to be entertaining as they jump and flip out of the water, showing off their acrobatic skills.

Learn More About Vacationing on the Outer Banks, NC

There you have it! The complete guide to making the most out of your adventure on the Outer Banks, North Carolina.

There are so many activities to enjoy in the area, and nothing bonds a family better than enjoying a relaxing beachfront together. 

If you would like to learn more about how to make the most out of your beachfront experience, feel free to contact us and we can help.

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