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Things to do on the Outer Banks on the 4th of July

things to do on Outer Banks 4th of JulyAre you visiting the Outer Banks this week and looking for things to do on the Outer Banks on the 4th of July? Here, on the OBX, Independence Day is one of our favorite holidays. Children and adults alike love to watch the spectacular fireworks over water. Unfortunately, personal fireworks are illegal on the Outer Banks (more information on specific town rules and regulations can be found here), but there are great public fireworks in approved locations, such as Nags Head Fishing pier, Avon pier, Manteo Waterfront, and Currituck Heritage park.

Things to do on the Outer Banks on the 4th of July:

Start your Independence Day celebration at Duck‘s 4th of July parade. The parade starts at 9 am. Be sure to arrive early to find a parking spot. More information on the parade route and community celebration following the parade can be found on Town of Duck website.

If you haven’t had a chance to visit the Island Farm in Manteo, 4th of July is a great day to pay them a visit. Independence Day celebration at the Island Farm starts at 10 am. On Island Farm website, they suggest that you bring a picnic to enjoy and  join Island Farm staff in commemorating our nation’s birth with musket-fire, games, and a reading of the Declaration of Independence. Watermelon will be served in front of the farmhouse. Musket firing is scheduled for 1pm and 3pm. Also, don’t miss the Ox-wagon rides offered from 10:30 until 12:30 – much fun for the kids! Reading of Declaration of Independence will begin at 2pm. Admission cost: $6 for adults and children ages 6 and up.

Are you vacationing in Duck or Corolla area? Currituck Herritage Park in Corolla is one of the best places to celebrate 4th of July on the Outer Banks, with food, fun activities, music, and one of the best fireworks shows to enjoy! Admission and parking is free. Festivities start at 5 pm. Please visit the Whalehead club website for more information.

Hatteras vacationers, don’t miss Hatteras Village 4th Annual celebration that will take place in Hatteras village, in front of the post office, from 2 to 7 pm: golf cart parade, live local music, art,  food, ice cream, games, and more. Also, be sure to check out 4th of July Fireworks on Hatteras Island Facebook event to join in, see who else is going, or ask any questions you may have.

July 4th 2013 at Roanoke Island Festival park in Manteo is another event you don’t want to miss. The patriotic event is free and open to the public. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy the performance by Blue Aces, US Air Force band. The gates open at 6pm, and the performance starts at 8pm. The parking lot fills up fast, so be sure to arrive early to get your parking spot. Roanoke Island Festival park is also a great place to enjoy the Manteo waterfront Fireworks, scheduled for 9:30.

Finally, my personal favorite - fireworks at Nags Head fishing pier, at Milepost 11.5. The Fireworks Spectacular starts at 9:25 on July 4th, with July 5th being the rain date. Parking at the Fishing pier is usually reserved for emergency vehicles and event staff, so I suggest that you park at a beach access or on a side of one of the roads, off the Beach road. Bring a blanket or beach chairs and enjoy one of the most amazing Fireworks shows, right at the beach. The fireworks show is usually pretty long (15-20 minutes) and very much worth seeing! Here’s a video of Nags Head Fishing Pier fireworks Finale we took last year:

Happy 4th of July! Enjoy your Independence Day Celebration and be safe!

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Fun activity for kids on Outer Banks

fun activity for kids on Outer Banks

Fun things to do with kids in Nags Head, NC

Looking for a fun activity for kids on Outer Banks? When children need a short break for the heat at the beach or on a rainy day, we suggest that you take them to the “Outer Banks Gearworks” in Nags Head at Milepost 10.5 for a few games of laser tag and then help them cool down with some frozen yogurt at “Sweet Frog” next door.

Laser tag is a relatively new fun activity for kids on Outer Banks. ”Outer Banks Gearworks” opened for business a few years ago, and, since then, they have become a popular party destination for OBX kids. In case you are not familiar with laser tag, let me explain how it works. After you listen to a short presentation about laser tag equipment and game rules, you will be asked to pick a team to join – red or blue. You will then will be directed to pick out a vest and laser gun with flashing lights in your team color. The game host will then invite one of the teams to go inside the two-story game room and ask the team members to spread out. Once the second team enters the game room, the game is on. The objective of the game is to beat the other team by getting the most points. You will accumulate points by tagging the members of the rival team and shooting at their “home base.” The game room has ramps and permanent wall dividers and the entire game is played in a dark room with dimmed lights. The laser tag game is pretty fun and intense – you can get tagged at any point and from any direction. 

I would recommend Laser Tag for kids ages 5 and up, but I have seen some kids as young as 3 take on the laser tag game challenge. Younger children will definitely need to be supervised, so it’s a good idea for parents to join in the fun. If there are younger kids in your group who are not ready to participate in the laser tag game, “Outer Banks Gearworks” also has a room with two small bounce houses where kids can play all day for only $5.

I also suggest that you check out the Outer Banks Gearworks website for special offers like unlimited play deals, all day passes, or discounted rates for certain times of the day.

Once kids are done playing laser tag and are ready to cool down, take them to “Sweet Frog” directly in front of OBX Gearworks building – the absolute favorite frozen yogurt shop on the Outer Banks where you can pick your own frozen yogurt flavors and mix and match toppings to your taste.

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Outer Banks Kids Museum

Outer Banks kids museumIf you are visiting the Outer Banks with young children and are looking for things to do with kids on Outer Banks, you will love one of the OBX newest attractions for kids – Outer Banks Kids Museum “Children at Play.” The museum was founded a couple years ago and began as a collection of cardboard boxes and pretend play toys turned into pretend play exhibits. Alyssa, a creative young woman with a vision of bringing a fun place for learning and play to the Outer Banks, and a group of volunteers worked hard arranging for temporary exhibit locations at Outer Banks churches, YMCA, and other places that offered to host the museum start-up for a few days. In 2010, Outer Banks Kids Museum ”Children at Play” opened up at a storefront in a shopping center in Kitty Hawk. In 2012, flooding from Hurricane Sandy destroyed most of the exhibits donated by local businesses or built by the museum founders from scratch. In a way, Sandy was a curse and a blessing. The damaged caused by the flooding was devastating. But in early 2013, the museum reopened at a new location (almost directly across the street from the old location) in a larger space at Buccaneer’s Walk Shopping Center in Kitty Hawk, at Milepost 4.5. Here’s the link to more information about the location, fees, and hours of operation for Outer Banks Kids Museum “Children at Play.” For Outer Banks locals, it’s been amazing to watch the Children’s Museum transform from temporarily exhibits into a small storefront operation and then into this great place for kids to engage in creative play and put imagination to work. A visit to “Children at Play” is a great rainy day activity. The museum’s popular exhibits, including “OBX Wellness Center”, “Open Air Market Exhibit”, “Gone Fishing”, and “Wonder Wall”, will keep a toddler or a preschooler busy for hours. If you visit the museum on a Wednesday or Thursday afternoon, be sure to check the museum’s calendar for activities scheduled for Art Wednesdays and Science Thursdays. And if you are up for watching a movie outdoors on the sound,  ”Children at Play” offers the family-friendly activity off-site, in Nags Head, at a very affordable cost: Movies on the Sound. Outdoor movies kids museum “Children at Play” is a member of the Association of Children’s Museums, so if you are already a member of the association, your will be eligible for discounted admission. You can view the details of the ACM Reciprocal Program here: Family Reciprocal Membership. Need more ideas for things to do on the Outer Banks with kids? Visit Outer Banks Aquarium, the Island Farm in Manteo, Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills NC, or Outer Banks Paradise Fun Park. Go strawberry picking in April and May or take a  hay ride to a pumpkin patch in late September and October. Enjoy your OBX visit and please feel free to comment on the post if you have any questions or would like to leave feedback. Your comments are greatly appreciated.

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Strawberry picking Outer Banks NC

strawberry picking Outer Banks

The long anticipated strawberry picking season is upon us. If you are an Outer Banks local or are visiting the area, don’t miss the opportunity for strawberry picking on the Outer Banks, NC. The strawberry patch is in Point Harbor, NC which is mainland and is not considered part of the Outer Banks, but it’s right across the bridge from Kitty Hawk and Southern Shores, within a short 5-minute drive from the Beach. As soon as you cross the bridge (coming from the Outer Banks in northbound direction), look for the “Pick your own strawberries” sign on the right hand side. Point Harbor Pick-Your-Own strawberry patch is open:

Monday-Saturday 9:00am to 6:00pm, Sunday 12:00pm to 4:00pm.

Occasionally, the strawberry patch will close for inclement weather, after several days of heavy rainfall, or to allow new strawberries to grow and ripen after busy days and big crowds at the patch. It is a good idea to call ahead at 252-491-8266 to make sure they are open before driving out to Point Harbor. Also, Point Harbor Pick-Your-own operates on cash only basis – they do not accept checks or credit cards.

Strawberry picking is a great family-friendly activity. Children enjoy picking their own strawberries and are more likely to eat the fresh flavorful berries vs store bought produce. Remember to bring sunscreen, hats, and a container to carry picked strawberries home.

Enjoy Strawberry picking at the Outer Banks, NC! Once again, don’t forget to call ahead and check on hours of operation. Bring cash, sunscreen, hats, and a container to carry strawberries home. Want to be among the first ones to know when the strawberry patch re-opens next year? Be sure to fill out a card and include your mailing address before you leave the strawberry patch.

strawberry picking Outer Banks NC

You may also like these ideas on how to stretch strawberry season by preserving strawberries and these strawberry recipes.
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Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills NC

Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills NC

Photos of Wright Brothers National Memorial

An Outer Banks vacation is not complete without a visit to the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills, NC. The Memorial is a tribute to the First Flight completed by Orville and Wilbur Wright on December 17, 1903, when the airplane built by the brothers and navigated by Orville Wright soared in the air for 12 seconds. Although others have attempted to fly planes, this was the first controlled flight with a safe landing.

The Wright Brothers National Memorial is one of the most affordable attractions on the Outer Banks. Kids under 16 years old are admitted free, and an individual permit for those 16 years and older can be purchased for $4. The permit is valid for 1 to 7 consecutive days. For more information about admissions, visit Wright Brothers Memorial Fees & Reservations page. The Wright Brothers Memorial visitor center and Centennial pavilion are open 7 days a week, 9 am to 5 pm daily, closed Christmas Day.

The Wright Brothers Memorial is a great place to learn about the history of aviation in the early 19 hundreds. On display at the visitor center, you will see a full-scale reproduction of the 1902 glider, a full-scale reproduction of the 1903 flying machine, an engine block from the original 1903 Flyer, and a reproduction of the Wright’s first wind tunnel.

Wright Brothers National Memorial Photos

Take a walk up to the 60 ft monument, and enjoy the amazing view from the top of Kill Devil hill. Stop by the Kill Devil Hills Airport at the foot of the hill, and watch private planes land and take off. And don’t miss the First Flight metal sculpture display – a perfect spot for photo opportunities and a kids favorite.

Wright Brothers Memorial Kill Devil Hills NC

Take a walk along the circle path around the Kill Devil Hill. You may also want to bring a cooler and enjoy your lunch outdoors at one of the picnic tables at the Wright Brothers Memorial. And, if you are a nature lover, you may be pleasantly surprised by deer that can be frequently seen on the hill or walking through the nearby woods. The landing field at Kill Devil Hills Airport is another place you may be able to spot them.

As always, enjoy your Outer Banks visit, and please let us know if you have any questions about your upcoming OBX vacation.

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Outer Banks Aquarium

 

NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island

NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island

Outer Banks Aquarium in Manteo, NC

Outer Banks Aquarium is one of the OBX’ most fun, educational, and very affordable family attractions. The Aquarium is located on Roanoke Island, in Manteo, NC, within 30-40 minute drive from Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills, in close proximity to the Island Farm attraction.

 

Outer Banks Aquarium Exhibits

Outer Banks Aquarium Exhibits

 

Outer Banks Aquarium on Roanoke Island boasts some great exhibits, including “Coastal Freshwaters”, “Wetlands on the Edge”, “Operation: Sea Turtle Rescue”, “Marine Communities”, “Close Encounters”, “Open Ocean”, and “Oceans Revealed: Power of the Planet”.

Start your visit at the “Coastal Freshwaters” Exhibit and learn about the freshwater fish, reptiles and amphibians, native to the waters of coastal ponds, lakes and rivers of North Carolina. Then enjoy watching the playful otters, observe turtles (snapping turtles, box turtles, and aquatic turtles) and alligators, and participate in the operation “Turtle Rescue” – a pretend play exhibit that gives you a hands-on experience of diagnosing and treating a replica of an injured sea turtle – very educational experience for kids and adults alike. As you continue your exploration of the Outer Banks Aquarium, you will also see seahorses, eels, lobsters and saltwater fish and have an opportunity to experience close marine animal encounters (at Aquarium’s touch tanks with stingrays, sharks, sea stars, crabs, starfish, etc.). The highlight of any trip to the Outer Banks Aquarium is the 285,000 gallon Graveyard of the Atlantic Tank with Sand tiger, sandbar, and nurse sharks swimming by the Replica of USS Monitor shipwreck. If you time your visit right, you will also have an opportunity to interact with divers who will answer just about any question you might have about sharks.

After your Aquarium visit, be sure to stop by the Aquarium Gift Shop that offers great souvenirs and  very educational toys for kids of all ages.

OBX Aquarium Hours and Admission Cost

OBX Aquarium Hours and Admission Cost

OBX Aquarium in Manteo is open daily, 9 am to 5 pm,  and closed only on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. General Admission prices range from $6.00 to $8.00, with discounts for seniors and kids. Children under 2 years old are admitted free of charge. If you already have an NC Aquarium membership, admission is free. Outer Banks Aquarium has partnered with 150 zoos and aquariums around the country to offer more benefits to Aquarium Society members, based on their reciprocal agreement. If you are visiting from a different state and you are have a Zoo or Aquarium Membership in your state, be sure to check if you qualify for free or discounted admission.

 

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Grandy GreenHouse and Farm Market HayRide

Grandy Farm Market Hay RideEvery Fall, Grandy Farm Market offers HayRides to their pumpkin patch. The HayRide is one of Outer Banks locals’ favorite Fall activities. For a small admission fee of $6.50 per person (same fee for kids and adults), you can get a Hay ride to the pumpkin patch, a pumpkin to take home, a frozen yogurt, and stuff a scarecrow. Grandy Farm Market Hay Rides are offered every 1/2 hour on Saturdays and Sundays, and group hay rides can be arranged on weekdays.

 

 Grandy Farm Market

Grandy Farm Market is located in Grandy, north from the Cotton Gin Shop in Jarvisburg (1/2 hour drive  from Southern Shores):

 6264 Caratoke Highway
Grandy, NC 27939
(252) 453-2658

Grandy Farm Market also offers free samples of their delicious Apple cider, so be sure to try it :)

Looking for more fun things to do on the Outer Banks? We have a few suggestions: Visit the Island Farm in Manteo and Outer Banks Paradise Fun Park

 

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