Plan Your Spring Break to the Outer Banks Today

Plan Your Spring Break to the Outer Banks Today

It’s hard to believe that February is almost over and before you know it, Spring Break will be upon us. That only means that it will be time to come to the Outer Banks for a week and soak up the sun & surf together as a family. Staying in one of our Kill Devil Hills vacation homes will keep you and your family to where the fun and adventures are happening. Let’s look below at a few things that you and your family can enjoy while on vacation this Spring Break.

Go Kart Fun

Plan Your Spring Break to the Outer Banks Today

One of the best things that you and the family can do is head over to Full Throttle Speedway in Nags Head for an evening full of fun. They have two different tracks that you can check out: Figure 8 Track and Super Sea Track. Your family can also experience the different go karts that they offer such as the Double Seat, Single and Junior Racer Kart. The cost of the Double Seat is $10, the Single is $10, and the Junior is $8. Full Throttle Speedway is located at milepost 15.5 on the right-hand side of the Shell Gas Station. You will also find a great adventure golf that you can have fun at too. What a great evening you can have with the family racing each other on the track!   

Avalon Fishing Pier

Have you and your family ever gone fishing while on vacation to the Outer Banks? If you haven’t, then you will want to explore the Avalon Fishing Pier located in Kill Devil Hills. They offer daily, three-day, weekly and even seasonal fishing passes for your family to enjoy. There are also children passes that are available for kids 12 & under too. One of the best things about coming to the Outer Banks is getting to experience fishing off this amazing pier. Spend the day with the kids fishing and making new memories together!

Soak Up the Rays

Plan Your Spring Break to the Outer Banks Today

Spending time doing different things while on Spring Break is something that everyone loves to do, but spending the days on the beach is fun as well. Allow the kids to bring the sand toys and splash in the waves as you sit back and relax. Pack a lunch to bring on the beach as you and the family soak up the rays and enjoy the surf. Vacationing on the Outer Banks is always fun and an adventure as you think about the kids not being in school and you’re ready to relax. This is a great way to recharge your batteries too as you need some relaxation too.

There are many other fun things that you and the family can do while you are on vacation to the Outer Banks this Spring Break. If you haven’t booked your next trip to stay in one of our Kill Devil Hills vacation homes, now is the time. We can’t wait to see you and the family as you make new memories this Spring Break!

Best Family Friendly Restaurants on the Outer Banks

Best Family Friendly Restaurants on the Outer Banks

Are you and your family coming to the Outer Banks for your next family vacation? If the answer is yes, then we have to tell you about the best family friendly restaurants on the Outer Banks. We at Outer Banks Rentals can tell you about some of the best restaurants that you will want to take your family to dine at. Let’s look below at where you and the family can enjoy some great food and fun while you vacation on the Outer Banks this year.

Spanky’s Grille

Best Family Friendly Restaurants on the Outer Banks

Does your family love hamburgers and hot dogs? If so, then we have the perfect restaurant located in Kitty Hawk at Mile Post 3.5, Spanky’s Grille. Spanky’s Grille was opened in 2004 and has been many families must eat at while on vacation to the Outer Banks. The original menu had hamburgers, hot dogs, corn dogs, chicken nuggets, French fries and more. But the menu has since expanded to include different menu items such as okra, shrimp burgers, catfish, reubens and more. During the winter months, they are closed on Saturday and Sunday’s so they can spend time with their family. Don’t miss this delicious restaurant with the family on your next vacation.

Miller’s Seafood & Steakhouse

Miller’s Seafood & Steakhouse is located in Kill Devil Hills and offers your family breakfast and dinner. This restaurant has been opened for over 40 years and is a family owned restaurant in which they wanted to continue to serve families while on vacation. They have some of the best breakfast on the Outer Banks where you can get some biscuits and gravy, a crabmeat omelette and even a grilled cheese sandwich for the kids.  Their dinner menu has quite the feast such as Scallops-n-Bacon, Coastal Carolina Oysters, Crab Legs and a Ribeye. Be sure to check out this restaurant with your family on your next vacation to Kill Devil Hills.

High Cotton Barbeque

Best Family Friendly Restaurants on the Outer Banks

Have you and your family ever had Eastern NC BBQ before? If you haven’t, then you will have to go visit High Cotton Barbeque in Kitty Hawk. Opening in 2002, the owner is a native to North Carolina and wanted for others to enjoy the tasty food included the traditional sides and sweet tea. High Cotton Barbeque has family packages to serve the whole family and also plates and sides for you to enjoy. We promise you that you will want to give this restaurant a try on your next vacation!

There are many other family-friendly restaurants that are here on the Outer Banks but wanted to share these with you. If you haven’t booked your next vacation to stay in one of our Kitty Hawk vacation rentals, now is the time. We look forward to seeing you and your family on your next adventure to the Outer Banks!

Take a Winter Vacation to the Outer Banks

Take a Winter Vacation to the Outer Banks

Have you and your family been wanting to explore the Outer Banks on your next vacation this winter? The Outer Banks is a great location to enjoy the beaches, fishing and exploring the island. Staying in one of our Outer Banks vacation rentals will allow your family to stay close to the surf and sand. Let’s look below at a few of the things that you and your family can do on your next vacation to the Outer Banks this winter.

Winter Weather on the Outer Banks

Take a Winter Vacation to the Outer Banks

Vacationing to the Outer Banks during the winter months can be fun and your family can enjoy some pleasant weather too. The temperatures can vary between 55° – 60° during the day and between 38° – 40° during the night. It typically rains between 8 – 9 days during January & February, allowing you to enjoy the sunshine more along the coast. Even though the ocean is going to be a lot cooler than it would earlier in the season, it’s still pleasant weather to enjoy.

Specials

Vacationing to the Outer Banks in the winter can have some great perks. During the winter months, we often run specials that you and your family can take advantage of. One of the specials that we offer is book any week during the month of January or February and you can receive 30% off the weekly rental rate on select rentals. Saving money on your vacation can not only help on the wallet but will also allow you to enjoy the beach during the off-season too without the crowds.

Enjoy the Outdoor Activities

Take a Winter Vacation to the Outer Banks

Some of the fun things that you and the family can enjoy while you are on vacation during the winter months would be enjoying the beach. You may find that the kids will enjoy an empty beach where there is enough room for them to run, scream and play together. Another fun activity that you can plan is fishing from the beach. This is a prime time when many loves to explore the beach as you find your new place to fish from. There are so many different things that you can do outdoors together as a family while on vacation to the Outer Banks during the winter.

While there are so many other reasons to vacation to the Outer Banks during the winter, these are just a few we wanted to share with you. If you haven’t booked your next vacation to the OBX this winter, now is the time. We can’t wait to see you and your family in the next few months making new traditions and memories!

Fun Activities to do on the Outer Banks this Christmas

Fun Activities to do on the Outer Banks this Christmas

Are you and your family coming to the Outer Banks for you Christmas vacation? If the answer is yes, then we have to tell you all about the fun activities in the area. Spending the holidays at the beach is what every family wants. Staying in one of our Outer Banks rentals will keep you and your family close to the action. Let’s take a peek at a few of the activities you can enjoy while you are on your Christmas vacation.

Poulos Family Christmas Lights

Fun Activities to do on the Outer Banks this Christmas

If you have never seen a large display of Christmas lights display, then you are in for a treat. Head on over to the Poulos residence on Ocean Acres Drive to see one like you’ve never seen before. For 40 years the Poulos family has been hosting this amazing Christmas display in Kill Devil Hills. This display and home have been featured on The Today Show & HGTV in the past and is a tradition that all families who visit the Outer Banks to see. The display will be up from now until December 31st, 2019 and it’s one attraction you can’t miss!

The Outer Banks Christmas Shop

One experience that you may have never been to is The Outer Banks Christmas Shop. Located in Manteo is where The Christmas Shop has been open since 1967. Shop for unique gifts that you will find only here for those who are looking for something homemade or different. Some fo the items you may find while shopping are signs for your home, Christmas ornaments and even Carolina Coffee. What a wonderful way to go shop a little before it’s time to celebrate with the family!

Start a New Family Tradition

Fun Activities to do on the Outer Banks this Christmas

Many have found that starting a new family tradition might as well be started during the holiday seasons. Deck the halls in your Outer Banks rental this year and trim the tree while you’re at it. Make hot apple cider and hot chocolate as you and the family sit on the porch watching the sun set or listening to the waves. There are so many other ways that you can start a family tradition but spending time with you family is the most important one.

While there are many other activities that you can do while you are spending the holidays with us, these are the few we wanted to share with you. If you haven’t booked your next Christmas vacation yet, now is the time. We can’t wait to see you and your family this holiday season as you celebrate with friends and family!

Spend Thanksgiving Week on the Outer Banks

Spend Thanksgiving Week on the Outer Banks

Do you and your family have vacation plans to stay on the Outer Banks this Thanksgiving? If the answer is yes, then you won’t be disappointed in the weather or the events happening that week. The weather on the Outer Banks during the month of November is quite pleasant as the typical temperatures are high 60’s in the day and around 50 degrees at night. Staying in one of our Outer Banks vacation rentals will keep you and the family close to where the fun events are happening. Let’s look below at a few of the events that will be taking place during the Thanksgiving season.

Outer Banks Food Truck Showdown

Spend Thanksgiving Week on the Outer Banks

If you happen to be coming in the Sunday before Thanksgiving, then you are in for a fun treat. The Outer Banks Food Truck Showdown is happening on Sunday, November 24th from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm at the Soundside Event Site in Nags Head. This is where you are able to place your vote on who has the tastier food in which you are able to eat some of their food. Some of the food trucks that will be there are OBX Frozen Yogurt, Bumbling Bee by Cast Iron Catering Co and Y’all Eat Yet? Along with great food and quality time with the family, you can listen to some great live music. Don’t miss this fun event that will keep you wanting more of the delicious food!

8th Annual Surfin’ Turkey 5K & Puppy Drum

On Thanksgiving Day and if you’re staying in Cape Hatteras this time, you and your family can enjoy a fun run in the morning. Instead of sleeping in or watching the Thanksgiving Day Parade, your family could be having the time of their lives at the fun run. Join the 8th Annual Surfin’ Turkey 5K & Puppy Drum ½ mile Fun Run this Thanksgiving Day from 8:00 am to 11:00 am over on NC Highway 12 in Hatteras. The proceeds from this race will help support the Hatteras Island Youth Education Fund which helps fund educational opportunities. What a fun morning you can have with the family as you participate in this fun race!

Hangin’ with Santa & Kites with Lights

Spend Thanksgiving Week on the Outer Banks

To kick off the holiday season this year, come to Jockey’s Ridge Crossing in Ocracoke. On Friday, November 29th from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm for the annual Hangin’ with Santa & Kites with Lights. This fun event is hosted by Kitty Hawk Kites and its night your kids will never forget about. Not only will your kids be able to see Santa Clause and get some of their holiday wishes out to him, but they will get to see a spectacle of Kites flying in the air too. Be sure to bring glow sticks and flashlights with you to join in the fun that you will experience.

While there are many other fun events happening during Thanksgiving Day week, these are the few we wanted to share with you. If you still haven’t booked your Outer Banks vacation rental for this coming Thanksgiving, now is the time. We can’t wait to see you and your family as you help celebrate the season this November!

Fun Events Happening on the Outer Banks this Fall

Fun Events Happening on the Outer Banks this Fall

Are you and your family coming to the Outer Banks this fall for your family vacation? If the answer is yes, then we can tell you all about the fun events happening around town. The Outer Banks is a great place for your fall getaway because you can still enjoy the surf & sand. Staying in one of our Nags Head vacation rentals will keep you and your family close to the fun. Let’s look below at a few of the fun events that are happening this fall on the Outer Banks.

8th Annual Outer Banks Seafood Festival

Fun Events Happening on the Outer Banks this Fall

Do you and your family love eating seafood but want a new experience? Come to the 8th Annual Outer Banks Seafood Festival on October 19th in Nags Head. Come and explore this fun event that will not only feature 12 local restaurants serving some of the best seafood around, but so much more. Some of the other things that you can try is craft beer, wine and other beverages around town. And no festival is complete without live entertainment and dancing in the streets. Tickets for this event are $5 for general admission, $50 for the Seabuck Package and $100 Seabuck Package. Don’t miss this fun event from 10:30 am to 6:00 pm as you enjoy this fun festival on the Outer Banks!

3rd Annual Dare to Scare 5K & Fun Run

Are you looking to do something a little different this year on the Outer Banks? Join in on the fun for the 3rd Annual Dare to Scare 5K & Sweet Treat Fun Run. This is being held at the Dare County Center on October 26th beginning at 9:00 am. You can choose to run the 5k or the Sweet Treat Fun Run that begins at 10:00 am. Plus, all of the benefits from the race will go to help the Annual Dare County Center Toy Drive for over 400 local youth residents. Don’t miss out on this amazing and fun run as you get out and see a little of Manteo!

Harvest HAYday

Fun Events Happening on the Outer Banks this Fall

If you are looking for something that is fun for the whole family to enjoy, then head over to The Elizabethan Gardens on October 26th. Harvest HAYday is one of the best places that you can go to and have a great time beginning at 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. From taking a hayride or going through the hay bale maze, there is something for everyone. This year your family can join in some fun activities such as crafts, corn hole toss, face-painting and more. Plus, your kids can learn a little too from the educational stations around the area. This is a first come, first serve event so be sure to grab your tickets early if you can.  

There are many other events that are happening this fall, but we wanted to share these with you. If you still haven’t booked your stay in one of our Nags Head vacation rentals, now is the time. We hope that your family has a wonderful stay with us as you explore the local events happening on the Outer Banks!

Be Adventurous on your Next Family Vacation to the Outer Banks

Be Adventurous on your Next Family Vacation to the Outer Banks

Summer will be coming to an end for many kids soon and now is the time to head to the Outer Banks for an adventure. The Outer Banks has a lot of fun things that everyone in the family can enjoy and we had to tell you about them. Staying with us in one of our Outer Banks vacation rentals will keep you close to where the fun is at. Let’s look below at our top 4 adventures to do with your family.

First Flight Adventure Park

Families love to head over to the First Flight Adventure Park to experience a new adventure on their vacation. Located over at Mile Post 15.5 in Nags Head is where you will find this adventure park. It’s good for everyone in the family age 6 & up and is perfect for those thrill seekers. Not only will your family love this as it will have you think and figure out where you should go next high in the air. Admission to this fun park is 10 & up is $50 and kids 6-9 are $40 but this price does include 2 hours of play time. You will receive the use of a helmet, harness & gloves to be able to enjoy the park. Don’t miss this amazing adventure with the family on your next vacation the OBX.

Wild Horse Adventure Tours

Be Adventurous on your Next Family Vacation to the Outer Banks

Have you ever wanted to get up close to see the wild horses of the Outer Banks? If the answer is yes, then we have to tell you all about the Wild Horse Adventure Tour. Located in Corolla is where you and your family will be able to see an exclusive access of the Wild Spanish Mustangs. You may even get to see Raymond the mule while you are on this tour as well as the Currituck Beach Lighthouse & the Whalehead Club. Some of the wildlife that you may see while on this tour are dolphins frolicking in the waves, deer and even boar. Prices for the tours are $59 for adults, $57 for seniors and $34 for children 12 & under. Don’t forget to bring drinks and snacks and we can’t forget about your camera!

Kitty Hawk Water Sports

If you are looking for something a little more adventurous, then head on over to Kitty Hawk Water Sports in Nags Head where you can have the time of your lives. They offer something that is fun for the whole family such as tours, jet ski rentals, banana boat rides and more. Depending on what you’d like to do for the day we can guarantee that you will never hear “I’m bored” out of the kids! Prices for the different kinds of activities you are interested in doing are reasonable and everyone can enjoy a good day on the water or enjoying a tour!

Nor’Banks Sailing

Be Adventurous on your Next Family Vacation to the Outer Banks

For anyone who loves to spend time on the open water, then this is for you. Depending on what your family is interested in doing there is something for everyone. Nor’Banks Sailing offers their guest a way to learn how to sail in sailing school or can ride the waves by windsurfing. Your family can also rent a pontoon boat to head on our and enjoy some time on the waters making new memories. Prices are very reasonable and everyone in the family will want to come back year after year. Don’t miss this fun adventure on your next vacation to the Outer Banks!

While there are many other fun adventures that are on the Outer Banks, these are the few we thought you’d enjoy. If you still haven’t booked your last getaway to the Outer Banks before school starts, we still have availability. We can’t wait to see you and your family as you make new memories together!

4 Kid Approved Beach Activities for the Outer Banks

4 Kid Approved Beach Activities for the Outer Banks

Summer vacations on the Outer Banks is just what every family love. Coming and not having to worry about life at home and just soak up the peaceful and relaxation of being on vacation. But finding kid approved beach activities that your kids will not want to leave the beach is just what we have in store for you. Staying in one of our Outer Banks vacation rentals will keep you and your family close to where the beach activities are at. Let’s look below at a 4 kid approved beach activities that you can do on the Outer Banks.

It’s Christmas in July

4 Kid Approved Beach Activities for the Outer Banks

It’s Christmas in July here on the Outer Banks and why not do something that you may only find during the winter. Yes, the Outer Banks may be missing one key ingredient that you will find outside, snow. Have no fear because we have more than enough sand to help build your very own “snowman”. All that you will need is a bucket filled with a little ocean water, a shovel, driftwood and seashells. Oh, and we can’t miss the most important part of the day, sand! Have each of the kids build their very own snowman out of the sand and take pictures to help remember that fun activity you spent together!

Scavenger Hunt on the Beach

Gather up the kids and go on a scavenger hunt on the beach. Before hitting the beach to look for different items, make up a list of things that each child can look for. Not only can they learn about other things that may live at the beach, but they can have fun while doing it. Let them search for different kinds of seashells, crabs, driftwood and different things that you may find on the beach. After each child has completed their list, give them a little prize like maybe a popsicle or some ice cream together as a family. Have a good time searching for each item together!

It’s Tic-Tac-Toe Time

4 Kid Approved Beach Activities for the Outer Banks

Everyone loves to play a good game of tic-tac-toe and why not play it while you are on vacation. This might be the most fun that you will ever have because you will be playing it on a giant, homemade tic-tac-toe board. Grab a stick or a shell and draw the squares to make up the board of 3 across & 3 down. You can then pick teams or play against each other and play this classic game as a family. Keep a tally for each player and just have fun no matter what.

Fly a Kite

A fun, family activity that you can do together is go fly a kite on the beach. It doesn’t matter what kind of kite you have or where you purchased it from, it will still fly. Flying them in the evening just before the sun sets is the best time to fly them. And be ready to run a bit with the kids to get the kite up in the sky. Once it’s in the air, help the kids out with keeping it in the air by tugging the line a little bit. Just enjoy the time spent with the kids and the kids will love to do this activity for years to come!

There are many more activities that are kid approved, but these are the few we thought you’d enjoy. If you haven’t made plans to visit the Outer Banks before school starts, now is the time. Make reservations to stay in one of our Outer Banks vacation rentals today. We hope that you and your family will have a wonderful vacation making new memories with the kids!

4th of July Events Happening on the Outer Banks

4th of July Events Happening on the Outer Banks

It’s hard to believe that the 4th of July is almost here, and we know that many families love to vacation at the beach during that week. Staying in one of our Outer Banks vacation homes will keep you close to where the fun and action will be happening all around the island. We promise you that there will be something for everyone in the family to enjoy on your next vacation. Let’s take a look at some of the fun happenings around the Outer Banks this year for this fun holiday.

4th of July Concert on the Pavilion

If your family is staying close to Manteo, then you won’t want to miss the July 4th Concert on the Pavilion. This concert is held at the Roanoke Island Festival Park and is a free event to attend. Here you will be able to listen to the 208th Army Reserve Band play some patriotic tunes as a family. After the concert is over, sit back, relax and enjoy the fireworks show that will begin at dusk. The gates will open at 6:00 pm and the concert will begin at 8:00 pm. What a great way to enjoy the 4th of July together as a family.

14th Annual Town of Duck 4th of July Parade

4th of July Events Happening on the Outer Banks

Nothing says 4th of July than watching the 14th Annual Town of Duck 4th of July Parade beginning at 9:00 am. This will start on Scarborough Lane and end on Christopher Drive in Duck so be sure to arrive early for a good viewing. After the parade head over to the Duck Town Park for some more fun for the day. Here you will be able to enjoy some live music, refreshments and even get to see the winners of the parade. Don’t miss out seeing this parade with the family as it’s fun for everyone.

Firework Displays

There will be many different fireworks displays along the Outer Banks. This year you can choose where you will be able to see them depending on where you are staying.

Nags Head

If you are staying in Nags Head, then we can suggest you head over to the Ocean Pier around Mile Marker 11.5. There will be parking at and near the fireworks display site if you choose to drive over. Another good spot is Jockey’s Ridge State Park where you can see the fireworks display and you can also see other local fireworks displays in the distance.

Corolla

The fireworks display for the town of Corolla will be held at the Whalehead Club this year. There will be the 26th Annual Festival of Fireworks at this Historic Corolla Park that you don’t want to miss either. From 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm, your family can enjoy a day of celebration of family fun including a cornhole tournament, a watermelon eating contest and more. Following the fun at the Whalehead Club, you will be able to see a beautiful firework display in the sky.  

Kill Devil Hills

The Town of Kill Devil Hills will be having a celebration that ends with a bang. Beginning at 8:00 pm, your family can head over to the Avalon Pier where you can watch a firework show you’ve never seen before. This year they will be having an award-winning fireworks company come in and present the show. While you can’t watch the fireworks from the pier, you will be able to view them on the beach. So be sure to bring a towel, blanket or beach chair and sit back to enjoy them.

4th of July Events Happening on the Outer Banks

While there are many other fun activities and firework displays around the Outer Banks, these are the few we thought you would enjoy. If you are still looking for an Outer Banks vacation rental for your 4th of July vacation, we can help you. We hope that you and your family have a wonderful and safe 4th of July!

What You Need to Know About Sea Turtle Nesting Season on the Outer Banks

What You Need to Know About Sea Turtle Nesting Season on the Outer Banks

May is here and so is the start of sea turtle nesting season here on the Outer Banks. Each year hundreds of sea turtles come our beaches during late spring to make their nests for their eggs. When you stay in one of our Oceanfront vacation rentals, you may have the opportunity to see a nest or two. Let’s look at what you and your family need to know about sea turtle nesting season here on the Outer Banks below.

When Does the Sea Turtle Nesting Season Begin?

What You Need to Know About Sea Turtle Nesting Season on the Outer Banks

Many visitors and locals love this time of the year not only for the warmer weather but also in hopes to see a nest or a sea turtle. Starting on May 1st every year is the beginning of the most magical times on the North Carolina coast. This is the start of the sea turtle nesting season and it’s something you don’t want to miss while on vacation. During the night is when you might have the opportunity to see a turtle come to the shore and lay their eggs in their nests they have built. All along the Outer Banks is where you will find most of their nests and eggs. Sea Turtle nesting season doesn’t end until the beginning of September here, so while you are on vacation during the summer, know that it’s sea turtle nesting season.

Help Protect our Sea Turtles on the Outer Banks

What You Need to Know About Sea Turtle Nesting Season on the Outer Banks

The Outer Banks takes protecting our sea turtles very serious as they have made their home on our beautiful shoreline. There are several hundred local volunteers who check the beaches every morning in search for a new nest that had been built the night before. These nests are all marked with rope, posts and a sign showing the number of the nest. The Network for Endangered Sea Turtles (N.E.S.T) monitors each nest for the safety of the eggs and hatchlings and also for the vacation goers. Here are a few rules to follow while you and your family are vacationing on the Outer Banks during sea turtle nesting season:

  • Please keep your distance from any of the nests, turtles or eggs.
  • Do not disturb the nests, posts or ropes that are around each nest. Having these items helps protect each nest and the hatchlings.
  • Please don’t use a flashlight or leave the lights on outside your Oceanfront vacation rental. The turtles do use the moonlight to help guide them back to the ocean and any other lights will disorientate them.
  • Clean up after your day at the beach by bringing back your beach chairs, umbrellas and toys to your vacation rental.
  • Please keep our beaches clean from any trash or plastic on the days you spend on the beach. We like to keep our beaches free of trash to help with the new hatchlings as much as we can.
  • If you happen to see a mother who is in distress, injured or find any unmarked nests, please contact N.E.S.T. today at 252-441-8622.

While there are many other things that you can do to help protect the nests and hatchlings while on vacation, these are the most important ones we wanted to share with you. If you haven’t made your family vacation reservations, check out our Oceanfront vacation rentals today. We can’t wait to see you on your next vacation to the Outer Banks this summer!