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Outer Banks North Carolina: What To Do And See During Your Visit?

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May 5, 2019

Outer Banks North Carolina is one of the famous places to visit in the State as this area is known for there 100 miles of beaches along Dave County.

North Carolina is one of the tops of my bucket list to visit in the States. I, dreamed of moving in this State as I love what I read online, their way of living, people, culture, and the weather. Our trip started with me liking this place and wanted to check it out before moving somewhere in the State.

I dreamed of visiting this State, but I was looking to Raleigh and Charlotte area for us to get a feel of it. But my sister in law mentioned how they always got to divide the amount for the house rental in the Outer Banks area.
 
We immediately plan and relay the message to other family members. We collected and gathered our money as our contribution to the 50% downpayment for the next year. Because some of the dates for the upcoming summer already book a year in advance. It was great; we got to spend $200 plus within that year and the other half for the next year a month before our arrival. It’s such an excellent experienced to everyone, especially to the kids.
 
They have many choices for accommodations in the area, but this place is perfect for a bigger group. It’s like most of the houses around the neighborhood are all rental properties. The house isn’t in the beachfront but manageable to walk from the place we rented. You can bring your bikes if you love riding around them in the neighborhood or on the bike trail. I saw some families drive around the path on the side of the main highway. My favorite thing during our visit is the seafood options and the fresh donuts that are famous in the Duck town.
Duck Rental House
Why Is This Place Perfect For Bigger Groups?
  • You get a great vacation house with great amenities and facilities for a fraction of the price.
  • Great for any kinds of travelers but the bigger group can benefit here.
  • There are lots of vacation house rentals in the area; it’s like the whole village full of vacation rentals.
  • Renting in one of their vacation rentals in case of bad weather you get to enjoy still as they have many activities within the backyard. For us, we got a hot tub, pool, volleyball, and golf course area.

Amenities and Facilities

 Best Area To Stay in Outer Banks
  • Corolla
  • Duck
  • Kitty Hawk
  • Nags Head
  • Kill Devil Hills
  • Cape Hatteras
  • Ocracoke
Duck Beach North Carolina

Enjoying the beach area in Duck

When Is The Best Time To Visit OBX?
  • It is evident that when we make a trip to the beach, we wanted to enjoy it; so for me the summer time is good, but the place is famous to travelers especially for bigger groups and families during the season. The best month to travel is around 3rd week of August to the first week of September as the weather isn’t too hot nor too cold. You still get to swim on the beach and have your suntan while laying in the sand.
  • There are four seasons for accommodation prices the offseason, preseason, season, and the postseason. And I recommend the dates right before the season and right after the season for saving a little bit of money.

Most days of our visit in the Duck area around 1st week of September the weather is not good. We’ve been receiving a lot of warning, so we never got to swim at the beach. But the kids enjoyed lounging at the pool and playing with their cousins. So it was not a big deal for us as we still got to enjoy it. My in-laws got to go back last year end of August, and they get perfect weather all week so I can attest that visiting around this time of the year isn’t a bad deal at all if you like to enjoy what Outer Banks offer to their visitors.

10 Things To Do And See In OBX
  • Jockey’s Ridge Park
  • See Corolla’s Wild Horses
  • Cape Hatteras Light House
  • Roanoke Island Festival Park
  • The Lost Colony
  • Jennette’s Pier
  • Hatteras Village North Carolina
  • Wright Brothers National Memorial
  • Donutz on a stick and ice cream
  • Roanoke and Albemarle Sounds
Things We Didn’t Miss Visiting During Our Visit
  • The fresh Duck donuts

This Duck donut is the best donuts I’ve ever like the only difference here is you eat it freshly made, and you can even see them cook right in front of you. The Duck Donuts is at the boardwalk people loves to walk in there early in the morning.

  • I Got Your Crabs

The crab place that is famous and known as the best place to have when you are around the Kitty Hawk area it is a casual place nothing fancy, but it is yummy for a fraction of the other high-end restaurant. I love crabs, but since I arrived here in the US, I am fun of King Crabs. If you enjoy eating a lot of meat and spend less time digging the crab meat, they have a King Crab Legs available.

Wild Mustangs

  • Corolla’s Wild Horses

If you come here, don’t miss to see the wild mustang as it is so amazing to see them in the distance. It’s a great experienced for the kids to see it as it is different from other horses. If the weather permits and you have a jeep to drive around the sand, bring swim attire as it is excellent for swimming and practice surfing. The beach area here is vast compared to the Duck area.

Wild Corolla Tours

  • Jockey’s Ridge Park

It’s an excellent place for hiking, flying kites, picnic and swimming along the shore when the weather permits you to do so. I don’t recommend in coming here in bad weather especially if you have small children as the sand will blow to your face. It isn’t fun at all!

On The Way To The Sand Dunes

  • Night Time Crab Hunt

We brought all the kids together in the seashore during at night to do some crab hunting! All the kids love it, and the excitement, smiles, and giggles to each other are priceless! Don’t forget this when you are in the beach area.

  • Duck Boardwalk

There are lots of walking trails around overlooking the water, many restaurants to dine in and shops for shopping around. Prices are reasonable and affordable. You can bike, jog, walk, and or ride your car to go there. I love walking around the seashore in the morning for sunrise views and in the afternoon for sunset. We enjoyed it there!

Duck Board Walk

 

Budget

It depends on which area and accommodation you choose for us we were four households with 23 people total including the two grandmas who were with us during the trip. We were able to fit in the house comfortably, and we divided the payments based on the number of pax excluding toddlers. I believed the total cost of the house is around $2, 000 plus for seven days of the entire stay. For our family, we paid under $500 for the accommodation, not including the food.

Summary:
  • I find it dangerous for smaller kids to wander even if you are nearby. If you come here make sure you are holding their hands to be sure they are safe! If you are fun of surfing and with smaller children, I honestly find Corolla beach area to be suitable for families with smaller kids compared in the Duck beach area.
  • I might not be able to visit the city I wanted to see within the State yet. But I am blessed to set foot on America’s First National Seashore there are still a lot of things to see and do here, and I can see us coming back to see more around the State to understand the history and its people.

If you like to read more about Outer Banks as a whole they have great detailed information on their website that is very helpful and easy to understand for any travel plans. If you like to know the importance of traveling with family members here is the link.

Disclaimer: All ideas are mine if you have any questions or want further details, please contact the Tourism office and or refer to their website. Weather and prices change over time, so its best to call them directly.

 

 

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  1. Reply

    Jamie

    May 10, 2019

    The house in the pic looks awesome! We are headed to the Asheville area next weekend and hope sometime to visit the coast in the future. Thanks for sharing!

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    TravelSnob

    May 12, 2019

    Awww so cute! Great pictures and good information. Definitely putting this on our travel list 💋😊

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      April

      May 13, 2019

      I am glad you find this post helpful! Thanks for stopping by!

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    Wendy

    May 13, 2019

    Seeing the wild horses sounds like a great experience and going at the end of August first of September is great advise on avoiding the crowds.

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      April

      May 13, 2019

      Thank you

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    Danik

    May 13, 2019

    I never been to North Carolina (hope to tick that state off soon) but I guess the sunrises over the Atlantic Ocean must be amazing. The beach looks smooth and golden as well and would love to get a tan here during the summer months.

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      April

      May 13, 2019

      I hope you can very soon.

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    Anchored Adventure Blog

    May 13, 2019

    I loved reading through this post, as it brought back so many great memories. I grew up in South Carolina and OBX is a popular vacation spot.

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      April

      May 13, 2019

      Lucky! I’ve wanted to live and move in this area. I guess I feel I always belong to the South! Lol

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    Josy A

    May 13, 2019

    This looks like a fantastic place to stay, especially in a large group!

    Those beaches look gorgeous, and it’s great that you can see wild mustangs! The kids must have LOVED it!!

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      April

      May 13, 2019

      Yes, we all love it especially one to three horses put a show for us to see them.

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    Marya

    May 13, 2019

    As weird as it sounds, it was really my first time seeing a horse laying down like that. So lovely, and cute at the same time!

    And I’m glad that you had a good time with your family. Time spent around the beach can never be bad, especially when you’re surrounded with your loved ones. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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    Evan Petzer

    May 13, 2019

    It looks like so much fun, I really have to think very hard if I were to take a group of people with me on a Holiday.

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      April

      May 13, 2019

      Hahaha, yes there is a benefit for it too.

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    The Holidaymaker

    May 13, 2019

    We are also fans of renting accommodations, it is not only cost effective but you feel less of a tourist when you are not in a hotel. It looks like this area has so much to see and do and a wonderful spot for families.

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      April

      May 14, 2019

      Yes, it is!

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    Nitin Singhal

    May 14, 2019

    I always like places where I am not moving from one place to another and instead where I can relax. And OBX seems to be that kind of place.

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      April

      May 14, 2019

      Yes, it is if you happen to go the morning walk to the boardwalk and the fresh donuts are always a go.

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April Key Rode
New York, USA

April Key Rode is a Bachelor graduate of Hospitality and Tourism Management. One of the researchers in Tabuelan "As An Eco-Tourism Destination." She loves to do research, writing, cross-stitching and dancing. Her favorite sports are badminton, biking, soccer, basketball, and bowling. She is a mother of two, and she loves traveling with her own family and friends.

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