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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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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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Best Happy Hour on Outer Banks, NC

best happy hour Outer Banks NCIf you are visiting from a different state, you may be surprised to find out that North Carolina state regulations prohibit happy hours drink specials. ABC Rule 2S.0232 (b) states “An on premise permittee or his agent shall not give away a drink or sell the drink for any period of time less than one full business day.” “Buy one drink, get one free” specials are not allowed, and neither are specials offered for one segment of population only (like “ladies night” specials). You can find answers to frequently asked questions about NC happy hour rules here: Happy Hour FAQs.

But the good news is that Happy hour specials on food are not regulated. Therefore, you are very likely to find a great deal on food between 3pm and 5pm. 25 cent wings, 10-25 cent shrimp, $1 tacos, specially priced oysters, and 15-25 cent crawfish are some of the Happy hour food specials you are likely to run into on the Outer Banks. Restaurants will sometimes ask you to sit at the bar, in order to take advantage of the food special – they do want you to buy a drink or two. 

So where is the best happy hour on Outer Banks, NC? Many locals would agree that Hurricane Mo’s at milepost 4.5, right by the Kitty Hawk Post office offers the best happy hour on the beach. Between the hours of 3 and 6 pm, you can buy 10 cent shrimp, 25 cent wings, and $1 tacos. The shrimp is huge, and a 100-120 shrimp ($10-$12) is often enough to feed 3 adults. What’s the catch? Drinks are a little on the pricey side – almost $2 for a soda, $3.50-$4.00 for beer, but hey, where else can you indulge a seafood craving for such a low price? Hurricane Mo’s is very popular with locals and visitors alike, so come early to be sure you get in before the happy hour is over.

best happy hour Outer Banks

Steamed shrimp

And since restaurants and bars can’t offer drink specials for any period of time less than one full business day, many establishments will offer daily drink specials, so be sure to check with your waiter or bartender on that.

 

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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The Island Farm in Manteo, NC

Island Farm Outer BanksFor a fun and educational experience for your entire family, be sure to visit The Island Farm in Manteo, NC. The Island Farm is located at 1140 US Highway 64, North of Manteo. If you are vacationing in Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, or Nags Head, the Island Farm is within a  short 15-30 minute drive, in close proximity to other popular Outer Banks attractions, such as the Outer Banks Aquarium, The Elizabethan Gardens, and Roanoke Island Festival Park. Although The Island Farm in Manteo, NC is a new Outer Banks attraction that recently opened up to visitors. Island Farm’s history dates back to 1757, when Adam Etheridge leased 1500 acres of land to farm and range livestock. According to the Island Farm Visitor Guide, Etheridge Farm house, built around 1847 is the oldest restored house on Roanoke Island. Visitors have an opportunity to explore the Farm House, Slave Cabin, Cookhouse, Smokehouse, Blacksmith Shop, Dairy, and talk to “interpreters” about the island life 150 years ago. The Farm is a fun place to visit for family with kids. Children will enjoy dressing up in period attire (vests, hats, aprons), playing 19th centrury games (tug-of-war, the Hoop, La Grace), interacting with farm animals, and learning about gardening. The Island Farm also offers ox-drawn wagon rides, but it is a good idea to call them at 252-473-6500 and check on the time the wagon rides are offered.

The Island Farm Admission Cost is $6 per person and children 5 and under are admitted free.

The Island Farm Operating Schedule: The Island Farm is open April 21 through November 26 (2011), 10 am to 4 pm (Thursday, Friday, Saturday in April, May, and November and Wednesday – Saturday in June through October)

Corolla HorsesLaundry washing at Island FarmBlacksmith Shop at Island Farm, Manteo, NC

 

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