Exploring the Outer Banks
A Favorite Family Vacation


For the best family vacation on the East Coast, I invite you to explore the Outer Banks as I share my personal experiences of vacationing and enjoying the beaches on this string of barrier islands along the coast of North Carolina.




My goal is to help you explore your options for an awesome family beach vacation that will give you memories and pictures to reflect upon, as I have, over the years.

If your idea of a great beach vacation is spending hours relaxing on the beach or have many things to do, an Outer Banks North Carolina vacation might be for you.

With probably hundreds of stores and small shops you will be able to go shopping all day long if you enjoy looking for beach souvenirs or have a taste for local art.

Outer Banks fishing offers some of the best fishing you will find on the east coast, whether you like to fish in the surf, fish from a pier or dream of taking a charter boat off shore to the Gulf Stream and catching a marlin.

If you like to golf you won't want to miss an opportunity to play on some of the best golf courses you have ever played.

Have you ever tried Hang Gliding? Do a beach vacation at the OBX and you can take to flight, from the tallest sand dune I know of on the east coast, and get the feeling of what Orville and Wilber Wright must have had when they did their famous first flight right here at Kill Devil Hills.


The Outer Banks offers some of the best historic sites and attractions of America:


Truly a nature lovers heaven.

You will have the opportunity to explore one of the most pristine beach and wildlife refuge areas you will find along the eastern seaboard of our country. With the opportunity to hike, kayak and photograph this beautiful place.

These barrier islands offer some of the best beach combing and treasure hunting experiences you will have. You just never know when you will find a sea shell unlike any you have ever found or even a Spanish coin washed ashore from the Graveyard of the Atlantic shipwrecks.

After another fun-filled day at the beach, you will want to eat a great meal at one of the best restaurants only found here on the Banks.


Whether you have been coming to the Outer Banks for years or are planning your first trip, I'm sure the beautiful North Carolina beaches and the local attractions will keep alluring you back as they have my family.

I hope this website is helpful in your plans to explore this amazing string of barrier islands.







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Ocracoke Ferry
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Local Churches
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Outer Banks attractions
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Outer Banks lighthouses a true symbol of our maritime history
Visiting the four Outer Banks lighthouses is one of the top attractions of the barrier islands of North Carolina.
Wright Brothers Memorial and Museum
The Wright Brothers Memorial is a monument and museum celebrating the achievement of powered flight. A favorite attraction for many visiting the Outer Banks.
Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Explore the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. This national park of North Carolina offers four campgrounds and miles of undeveloped beaches and a wildlife refuge with many rare species of birds, mamm
Jockeys Ridge State Park
Explore Jockeys Ridge State Park and discover a day of fun activities on the tallest sand dunes of the East Coast.
Roanoke Island Historic Sites
Roanoke Island is home to one of the earliest historic sites that started the forming of the United States.
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Things To Do and Fun Activities in the Outer Banks
With so many things to do in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, you will find there is plenty of fun activities for your next family beach vacation.
Beach horseback riding at the Outer Banks of North Carolina
Beach horseback riding tours and opportunities on the beautiful beaches of the Outer Banks
Beach metal detecting for lost treasures at the Outer Banks
Beach metal detecting stories and information on searching for lost treasures from the Graveyard of the Atlantic and treasures left behind everyday on the Outer Banks.
Geocaching
Geocaching at the Outer Banks is an awesome tresure hunting game for the whole family.
Wreck diving from the Outer Banks of North Carolina
Wreck diving the sunken ships of the Graveyard of the Atlantic
Kiteboarding at the Outer Banks
The favorite places for kiteboarding at the Outer Banks
Hang gliding at the Outer Banks
Hang gliding lessons from the highest sand dunes at the Outer Banks
Flying kites at the Outer Banks
Flying kites of all types and sizes for family beach fun at the Outer Banks
Outer Banks fishing the best fishing you will find
Outer Banks fishing offers some of the best surf fishing and Gulf Stream fishing you will experience.
Kayaking Outer Banks sounds
Kayaking, a rewarding way for exploring the sound side of the Outer Banks to experience the scenery and wildlife.
Bird Watching on the Outer Banks
Bird watching on the Outer Banks is one of the best places for viewing photographing some of the beautiful and rare birds known to exist on the Atlantic coast.
Outer Banks Air Tours
Air tours available for getting a birds-eye view of the Outer Banks
All About Outer Banks Camping
Things you should know about Outer Banks camping. With some planning, camping at the Outer Banks is a great way to do a vacation.
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Camping tips we have found that has helped to make our Outer Banks camping experience much more pleasurable.
Outer Banks Campgrounds
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Outer Banks Rentals
Your guide to the many Outer Banks rentals. Choosing between beach houses, cottages, condos, and hotels for the right accommodations for your family vacation.
Beach House Rentals and Cottage Rentals
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Condos for Rent at the Outer Banks
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Finding quality Outer Banks Hotels
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Outer Banks Real Estate
Purchasing your own Outer Banks real estate can be a great way to enjoy the beach more often and have an investment property that could pay for itself.
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