Top 10 Things To Do With Kids

Consistently ranked one of the best family beach vacations there is something for everyone of any age. Here are the TOP 10 Kid Approved Things To do. Check out upcoming eventsattractions, and places to stay throughout the website. Don't forget to request your free travel guide to find more outstanding things to do.

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1. JOCKEY'S RIDGE

Perch yourself high atop the East Coast's highest sand dune, hang glide or watch a one-of-a-kind sunset at Jockey's Ridge. Don’t forget a kite! READ MORE

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2. HIGH IN THE SKY

Snap a photo while "flying" a bronze replica of the famous Wright Brothers plane at what now is the Wright Brothers National Memorial. READ MORE

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3. KEEP CLIMBING

Climb the tallest brick lighthouse in America at Cape Hatteras. The iconic black and white spiral landmark has served as a warning to generations of mariners. READ MORE

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4. GOOD EATS

Cool down with some sweet treats or savor some locally harvested “Outer Banks Catch” at one of the OBX’s 100+ locally-owned restaurants. READ MORE

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5. SET SAIL WITH A HISTORY LESSON

Experience what life at sea was like aboard Elizabeth II at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site. Down the street, see the mystery of the Roanoke Island colonists’ disappearance unfold at The Lost Colony Outdoor Drama. America’s longest running outdoor drama. READ MORE

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6. BEACH BUMMING

Spend the day playing in the sand and surf. Enjoy the water with our different water sport options such as kayaking, boogieboarding. Our beach piers are home to great views and classic arcade games. While there, learn the basic skills of fishing from how to cast and tie rigs, best bait to use, pier fishing etiquette and catch & release techniques. Our beaches have free parking and accessible accesses.  READ MORE

Island Farm

7. ISLAND FARM

Peel back the layers of the past and imagine one moment in time, at one place in history. Experience Island Farm a living history site interpreting daily life on Roanoke Island in the mid-1800s. READ MORE

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8. GHOST CRAB HUNTING 

This nighttime activity is a family favorite. Once the sun goes down the real fun starts. Grab a flashlight, head to the beach.  Watch the sand as the ghost crabs scurry away from your light. One of many items on our OBX Bucket List. READ MORE.

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9. PEA ISLAND NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

Discover Pea Island Wildlife refuge. The Pea Island Wildlife refuge offers sanctuary for over 350 bird species, while the visitor’s center offers environmental educational programs and, wildlife observation. READ MORE

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10. NC AQUARIUM ON ROANOKE ISLAND

A short drive from Manteo’s downtown, explore life beneath the water’s surface at one of North Carolina’s 3 aquariums. READ MORE