No matter what your family likes to do on vacation; eat, go to the beach, shop, eat (did I say that already?) the Outer Banks in North Carolina has it. Outlet shops, restaurants, museums, aquariums, lighthouses and a brand new water park (!!) make a week on OBX go by in a flash!
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For The Foodie
One thing the Outer Banks does not lack is a place to eat. Be it breakfast, lunch or dinner you can find a restaurant to satisfy whatever craving you're having.
Longing for a New York style pizza?
Head to New York Pizza Pub in Nags Head. Formerly the owners of an Italian restaurant in NYC, the Gurski family has been serving up pizzas and more for 15 years on OBX. This is my family's personal favorite.
My family has a few favorites; Dirty Dicks Crab House, Tale of the Whale, and Awful Arthur's.
Is it breakfast time?
Head to Eat and Get the Hell Out! Yeah, Bob's Grill has a way of making their customers feel welcomed. There's also Stack 'em High Pancakes, Duck Donuts (though there is a Dunkin' in if you MUST).
For the History Buff
Wright Brothers' Museum
Did you know the Outer Banks is the site where the Wright Brothers; Wilber and Orville, achieved the first successful airplane flight? At the museum in Kill Devil Hills and you can follow the flight line, where they took off and landed, you can see how camp life was like for the brothers in a reconstructed camp building, climb up to the top of the hill where their commemorative monument is constructed and walk around the Visitor's Center.
Learn more about the Wright Brother's Museum here.
The Lost Colony
If your stay has you on the OBX between May and August, head out to Manteo to visit "The Lost Colony". The performance runs for 2 hours with one 15 minute intermission. *TIP* every Monday is "Kids Night" which means 5 and under are free! For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.
"Explore island life as it was more than 150 years ago". Workers are dressed in period attire and carry out the chores of those who lived there in the 1850s. Activities and demonstrations vary daily but can include: woodworking, Ox-drawn wagon rides, and Blacksmithing. Opened Tuesday - Friday from April to November. Learn more here.
Roanoke Island Festival Park
Here you can hop on board of the Queen Elizabeth II, explore an American Indian town to see how to harvest crops, weave baskets, and build a canoe and you can visit a Settlement Site and learn carpentry, blacksmithing and woodworking. See all that Roanoke Island Festival Park has to offer here.