Are you and your family heading to the Outer Banks this spring and summer and are looking for a few free activities to do? We understand that going on vacation can get a little pricey but when you vacation on the Outer Banks there are many things you can do for free. Staying with us in one of our Outer Banks vacation rentals will help you save money as you can cook meals while you are on vacation just like at home. Let’s look at a few of the free activities that you can enjoy while on vacation to the Outer Banks below.
Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge
Are your kids into nature and wildlife at home? Then this is the perfect free activity that you can do as a family. Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge is great for those who love birds and going in the spring and fall are the best. The paths that you can walk on in the park is perfect for those who want to capture the moments of the birds in the background. You may be able to see a few turtles and pelicans while you are there exploring. During the spring and summer, we do however suggest that you wear plenty of sunscreen and bug spray as it can get a little buggy. This is the perfect day trip to explore the wildlife on the island all for free.
Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Another beautiful and interesting place you can visit for free would be the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. This is a fun place that you and the kids can head to for a day filled with loads of fun mixed in. This refuge is home to the largest population of black bears in Eastern North Carolina so if you happen to see one, just let it pass and don’t feed the bears! If you are into hiking, then this is the place for you. There are several trails that you can hike on and there is also a visitor’s center that has interactive exhibits for you to enjoy. Spend the day here and it’s something you will want to visit for years to come.
Jockey’s Ridge State Park
If you have never been to the Outer Banks, then you are missing out on one of the best places to visit on the islands. Jockey’s Ridge State Park can provide hours of fun for the whole family such as running down the dunes or flying a kite there. This park is the tallest natural dune on the Eastern United States and once you climb to the top, the prize is very rewarding. Here you will be able to have the best view of the island and you will never want to leave this park ever. Plus, if you get here in the morning you may be able to catch a glimpse of a beautiful sunrise or a beautiful sunset in the evenings. Don’t miss this state park on your next trip to the Outer Banks as it’s a must for every vacation for many families!
Located over on Roanoke Island is where you can find the historic Fort Raleigh which was the first English settlement in the New World. This is a free attraction that you and the family can visit while you are on vacation to the Outer Banks. Here you can see a lot of historical facts and artifacts on display and you can learn a little more about the famous story of the “lost colony”. What a wonderful way to get in a little education while on vacation and yet still do something fun and exciting in the area!
While there are other things that you can do on the Outer Banks that are free of charge, these are the few that we thought you’d like. If you still haven’t made your reservations for your next Outer Banks vacation rental, now is the time! Don’t miss what the spring has to offer you on the island and come relax with the family!