On the edge of the world, you’ll find a place of enchantment, a land of history, mystery, and 130 miles of pristine, windswept beaches. A place where sunshine and soft breezes can wash your cares away. A land where you’ll be spoiled, by unspoiled surroundings. There is no beginning or ending to this paradise, boundaries are lost, imagination runs free. After all, this is where America truly began; where English settlers first landed in the New World, and where man first took flight. Nearby, America’s tallest lighthouse and our country’s first National Seashore.
The Outer Banks of North Carolina is a long-time destination for young families. The area’s rich history and natural beauty is accompanied by over miles and miles of natural shoreline. Most of which belongs to the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, our country’s first National Seashore and one of only 10 in existence.
Family-friendly beaches include rolling sand dunes to run down and the legendary Big Kill Devil Hill, in what was then the town of Kitty Hawk, where the Wright brothers first took flight. The spot is still popular for kite flyers, especially at Jockey’s Ridge, the East Coast’s largest sand dune (your kids will love this place!). If your family includes a dog, you’ll be right at home on the beaches of The Outer Banks, where the town of Duck was recently voted one of the most pet-friendly beaches in America.
There’s one part of The OBX that may look familiar. The black and white swirly stripes of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse are an iconic image of the East Coast and America. The 200-year-old structure is among the tallest brick lighthouses in the world. Don’t hesitate to take your time climbing up the steps. You’ll be rewarded with a view that’s simply incredible.
The ocean’s horizon can bring out a love for nature. Luckily, we’re located on some of America’s best fishing grounds. And the season runs year-round both offshore and inshore. Canoeing, boating, biking and birdwatching are other great ways to make your way around The Outer Banks. And whenever you’re on a beach keep your eyes out for sea glass and sea shells. These are treasured keepsakes.
When you’re done for the day or just in need of a break, there are more incredible views to take in from the comfort of a couch. Oceanfront home rentals are everywhere and sized for families big and small. Explore all the Outer Banks has to offer, start planning now.