7 Days on the Outer Banks: Our Family’s Adventure

Join me as I share our 7 Days on the Outer Banks: Our Family’s Adventure. The Outer Banks of North Carolina is a popular vacation destination for families, and for good reason. With its beautiful beaches, charming towns, and endless opportunities for outdoor adventure, there’s something for everyone on the OBX.

man standing on beach watching watching waves

Tin Can Airbnb

7 Days on the Outer Banks Our Family's Adventure Tin Can Home

We stayed at Airbnb 2432 South Virginia Dare Trail Nags Head NC, which was a great home base for exploring the area. This was only a 4 minute walk to the beach, and very affordable for it’s location.

This was a 4 bedroom, 5 bed vacation home, with 3.5 half baths. The views were amazing, and even though you are not beachfront, you can still see the ocean from the third floor balcony.

view of balcony at beach with coffee cup in the frame looking at houses backing up to the beach with ocean in the distance

Everything we needed was onsite: laundry, kitchen accessories, grill, and so much more. We spent hours playing games, cooking, and truly enjoying our vacation with each other!

family sitting around a table playing Monopoly at beach rainy day

You are a quick walk down the road to the Red Drum Tap House, great for dinner and drinks. If you want something sweeter you can pop over to Booty Treats Ice Cream & Shaved Ice.

family eating at Mulligans in Outer Banks NC

I have to recommend Mulligans, we ate there and the service and food was amazing!

kids eating Duck Donuts in Nags head NC

Duck Donuts is a must have treat when you are in North Carolina!

5 teens sitting outside ice cream shop around a table in the outer banks of NC

We enjoyed shopping and grabbing some Jockey’s Ridge Ice Cream!

Here are some of the highlights of our trip:

Exploring the beaches

Of course, no trip to the Outer Banks would be complete without spending some time on the beach. We spent hours swimming, sunbathing, and building sandcastles. We also went for a few walks along the beach, and we even saw some dolphins swimming in the distance.

photo of family building a tutrle sandcastel in the outer banks on beach

Family Friendly Ideas

Bodie Island Lighthouse

This is one of the most popular attractions on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Standing 156 feet tall, it offers stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and the surrounding area. Visitors can climb the 214 steps to the top of the lighthouse for a closer look at the lantern room and the Fresnel lens.

Visiting the Wright Brothers National Memorial

7 Days on the Outer Banks Our Family's Adventure Wright Brothers Memorial photo

The Wright Brothers National Memorial is a must-see for any history buff. We learned about the Wright Brothers’ experiments with flight, and we even got to climb up the Kill Devil Hills Lighthouse.

Hiking in Jockey’s Ridge State Park

7 Days on the Outer Banks Our Family's Adventure Jockey Ridge State Park

Jockey’s Ridge State Park is home to the tallest natural sand dune on the east coast of the United States. We hiked to the top of the dune and enjoyed the amazing views of the surrounding area.

Exploring the towns of Nags Head and Manteo

Nags Head and Manteo are two of the most popular towns on the Outer Banks. We spent a day exploring each town, and we enjoyed shopping, dining, and just wandering around.

Going fishing

We went fishing a few times during our trip, and we had a lot of fun. We caught some small fish, but we also saw some dolphins and pelicans swimming around.

OBX Old Time Photos

3 teen boys in old time photo booth in the outer banks of NC
5 teens in old time photo booth at beach in outer banks nc

This was a fun and unique way for us to create memories that will last a lifetime. Our teens dressed up in old-fashioned beach costumes with props, and posed in classic scenes from the past.

This was a great way to let loose and have some fun, while laughing so hard we could barely stand it.

Put Put Golf

2 teen boys playing put put golf in the outer banks nc

Mini golf is a fun and affordable activity that the whole family can enjoy. There are many different mini golf courses on the Outer Banks, each with its own unique theme and challenges.

We went to Pirates Island Adventure Golf in Corolla: This 18-hole course is themed after a pirate adventure, with obstacles like waterfalls, cannonballs, and even a pirate ship.

Final Thoughts

We had an amazing time on our family vacation to the Outer Banks. We would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a fun and relaxing vacation.

Here are some additional tips for planning your own Outer Banks vacation:

  • Book your accommodations early. The Outer Banks is a popular vacation destination, so it’s important to book your accommodations early, especially if you’re traveling during the peak season.
  • Rent a car. Having a car will give you the freedom to explore the area at your own pace.
  • Be prepared for the weather. The weather on the Outer Banks can change quickly, so it’s important to be prepared for anything.

We hope you have a wonderful time on your Outer Banks vacation!

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