With such a cold and snowy winter, everyone is ready for the warmth and brightness of spring! With the average temperature on the Outer Banks ranging from 65 degrees during the day and around 50 at night during March and April, you can get out and explore all the OBX has to offer! Plus, less crowds will make your visit more enjoyable! If you’re planning a spring break trip to the Outer Banks, Resort Realty has you covered. With a full list of things to do, places to see, amazing food to eat, and more; see what you should be doing this spring break on the OBX!
Did we mention how GORGEOUS the weather is during the spring on the OBX? It’s the perfect time to get out and stroll the beaches, explore Jockey’s Ridge, or even drive on the 4 x 4 beaches in Corolla or on Hatteras Island! Jockey’s Riddge is hosting Fly Into Spring, an event that features an awe inspiring array of kites, Easter egg hunts for the little ones, and even a chance to to meet the Easter bunny! For more information on Fly Into Spring, visit Kitty Hawk Kites’ website. With less people visiting this time of year, you’ll be able to enjoy the great weather with very few crowds.
The Outer Banks is full of so many unique stores and shops. Take advantage of the great weather and stroll some of the outdoor shopping centers like the Outer Banks Mall, Tanger Outlets, and The Waterfront Shops in Duck! Treat yourself while you’re on spring break!
If you ask any local on the Outer Banks, they’ll tell you that the best part of spring is that the great local restaurants open back up for the season! Take advantage of restaurant re-openings and try out a new eatery or take part in Taste of The Beach! Taste of the Beach is a 4 day event full of food, drinks, and fun! With over 50 events and over 25 different venues, there is plenty to choose from. For more information, event times, and ticket purchases, visit the Taste of the Beach website.
When there are less crowds on the Outer Banks, you get the opportunity to visit places like the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, the North Carolina Aquarium, and more without long lines and hectic groups. Take the time to stroll through the aquarium and see the new exhibits or try to spot wild horses on the empty Corolla beaches. The Lost Colony is one of America’s longest unsolved mysteries with 115 men, women, and children vanishing with no trace. On your visit this spring break, learn more about the mystery of the Lost Colony during the Lost Colony Ghost Tour! From March 26 to April 7 at 8:00, walk around the grounds of where colonists and Native Americans roamed. For more information, visit The Lost Colony website.
Planning your spring break getaway to the Outer Banks can be super exciting. Even more exciting? Lower rates on rental homes! Before the peak season starts, even the most luxurious homes can be super affordable for your stay! Whether you’re looking for a condo for a weekend retreat or a large and luxe home for a whole week spent relaxing on the beach, Resort Realty has you covered! With over 500 homes to choose from and so many great activities to take part in, why wouldn’t you plan your spring break on the Outer Banks? View all of the homes Resort Realty has to offer and either book online or give us a call at (800) 458-3830 to talk to one of our amazing reservation specialists!
Spending a ton of money on your vacation to the Outer Banks should be the last thing on your mind! You can easily have a great vacation and create amazing memories without breaking the bank. Check out our top tips on how to have an amazing vacation on the OBX while on a budget!
There are so many great Outer Banks activities that are either free or super inexpensive! You can explore Jockey’s Ridge, spend all day on the beach, visit lighthouses, and so much more without spending a ton of money. Check out our “Explore The Outer Banks On A Budget” blog for even more ideas on how to have fun without going broke!
With so many great restaurants on the Outer Banks, it’s hard to not want to try them all! While dining out can be a great and tasty experience, it can be costly. The average entree on the Outer Banks will run you around $12-$15 depending on what restaurant you go to. When you’re going out to eat with your family, that can really add up. Instead of dining out every night, maybe pick a night to go out and prepare meals at your rental homes the rest of the time! You can get fresh, local seafood from many places on the Outer Banks and prepare it yourself or even cook your own catch if you’re into fishing!
During the peak vacation months of June to August, vacation homes and accommodations can be at their most expensive. If you can be flexible with your vacation schedule, visiting the Outer Banks in the off season can end up being much cheaper. Many locals will say that visiting the Outer Banks in the fall and spring seasons are the best time to come because there is less traffic, less crowds, and beautiful weather! See “Why We Love Fall On The Outer Banks” and plan an off season vacation to get the best bang for your buck!
Sometimes a weekend getaway is just what you need! Mini vacations are great alternatives to staying a whole week. The rates can be cheaper, you’ll save money, and you’ll still get to explore the Outer Banks! Resort Realty has many homes that offer weekend and short stays! See all the homes that offer partial vacations!
It’s okay to splurge, you’re on vacation after all! Sit down with your family and make a list of things that you want to do on the Outer Banks. Determine how much money you want to stick to spending and then divvy out a set amount to specific activities like dining, souvenirs, and attractions. Stick to this budget all week long and this way you can still do the activities you want to do and have control of your money!
Many Outer Banks vacation homes can be super lavish and luxurious but super expensive. You shouldn’t have to compromise comfort and style on your vacation. There are many homes in the Resort Realty family that are inexpensive, beautifully decorated, and comfortable that you and your family can rent without breaking your budget!
Resort Realty has many deals and specials to help you save money on your Outer Banks vacation! Our Hometown Heroes discount is offered all year long on select properties and specials like our President’s Day sale and our Summer Kickoff Sale will save you money for a limited time! Plus, select homes will often put certain weeks on special! Check out our Deals and Specials page to get the perfect OBX vacation rental at a lower price.
Luxury vacation homes can be super expensive, but if you have a great group of people to split it with, it can be super affordable! A luxury home split between a group of people can be as low as $53 per night per person! See all of the luxury homes Resort Realty has to offer you, find a great group to vacation with, and start your affordable, luxury vacation!
Summer is just around the corner! Now is the time to start planning your summer getaway. Just this phrase can strike fear into the hearts of the bravest soul, but fear not. Here at Resort Realty, we can find a dream Outer Banks vacation home for way less than you could ever imagine! With options like EZ Pay, and already affordable prices, make your Summer 2018 Outer Banks getaway one for the books! Check out a few homes we have available for less than $1,500*!
*prices listed reflect booking the week of June 16th to June 23rd. Per night per person prices are based upon the individual property’s max occupancy.
Start your summer vacation off in Southern Shores! Duck Hill is a 4 bedroom 3.5 bathroom home located on the Soundside in Southern Shores. With access to the Kilmarlic Golf course and community tennis courts and enough space to sleep 8 people, you’ll be sure to have a blast! Total booking cost? $25 per night per person or $1,364.28!
This 2 bedroom 2 bathroom home is perfect for your next Outer Banks get away! Located on the soundside in Avon, enjoy the quiet and still of the southern beaches. You’ll be near by locally loved spots like Avon fishing pier, Canadian Hole, and 4WD beach access. Plus, this home is pet friendly! How much will this home run you?
A cool $1,003.48 or $36 per night per person with 4 total guests!
Take time out and begin your Outer Banks vacation at Surf Lodge! This 2 bedroom 1 bathroom home is located in Kill Devil Hills. Close to local dining, shopping, and historical attractions, this semi-oceanfront home is one you definitely want to snag! The price? $1,488.32 or $54 per night per person!
Take a trip to Frisco and stay at Beacham Cottage! This adorable beach box offers direct access to the canal, and all the basic necessities to make your Outer Banks vacation a great one! This is a pet friendly home and for $890.73 or just $22 per night per person Beacham Cottage can be your next Outer Banks vacation home!
Happy Place is just the space to begin your Outer Banks vacation! This cozy condo features 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, and a sleeper sofa, perfect for a small family getaway or a friend’s trip to the beach. A short walk to the beach is an added plus so book now, because at $1,296.63 or $47 per night, this condo won’t be available long!
Explore the beauty and history of Hatteras at Aycock on your next Outer Banks adventure! This classic Outer Banks home features all the necessities you’ll need on your beach get away plus so much more. With a short walk to the beach of 240 yards and 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, there’s plenty of room for everyone and plenty of time for fun in the sun! This home rents for $1,003.48 or $18 per night per person!
These are just a few of the affordable vacation homes Resort Realty has to offer you! To see more homes that are under $1,500 visit our website! Don’t forget about our EZ Pay Plan as well! At Resort Realty, we want you to have a memorable and affordable Outer Banks vacation, so book with us for Summer 2018!
Who says you have to spend a load of money while you’re on vacation? One of the many great things about the Outer Banks is how many free activities there are! We’ve come up with a list of the top 10 free things to do on the Outer Banks that everyone will love!
1 // The Beach
The Outer Banks is home to some of the most beautiful free beaches in the country. Pack a lunch and enjoy a seaside picnic and make sure to layer on the sunscreen. It costs $0.00 to have a great beach day and create memories that will last a lifetime with your friends and family!
2 // Jockey’s Ridge
Explore the tallest natural living dune in the Eastern United States at Jockey’s Ridge. Jockey’s Ridge State Park and climbing the dune are completely free activities. Enjoy the views from the top of the dunes with views of the ocean towards the east and views of the sound in the west. Just make sure you bring plenty of water and snacks if you’re planning on playing for a while!
3 // Shell & Beach Glass Search
Take home treasures from the sea and search for shells and beach glass! The best time to look for beautiful beach glass and shells is right after a storm early in the morning. So take advantage of the summer thunderstorms and go beachcombing when the weather clears and who knows, you might find something special!
4 // Explore Downtown Manteo
Downtown Manteo is full of history and beauty so take advantage of all the beauty Manteo has to offer. Take a stroll on the waterfront docks and enjoy the view of the Albemarle and Croatan Sounds. Walk over to Roanoke Island Festival Park and enjoy the walking path along the sound without having to pay admission to the park!
5 // Bike Riding
The Outer Banks is full of safe paths for bikers and walkers alike. From Duck to Nags Head, you can ride along the beach road and check out all of the different little shops and eateries. Park at one of the public beach accesses for a break and a view!
6 // Ghost Crabbing
Take part in an Outer Banks beach must; ghost crabbing! Ghost crabs sometimes scurry around during the day but they really thrive at night when the beaches are quieter. Grab the family, some dark clothing, and flashlights and begin your “hunt”. Ghost crabs freeze when a bright light is shining on them so that gives you a chance to check them out up close and personal! Just don’t poke, prod, or attempt to harm them. They’re still a part of the Outer Banks’ ecosystem and they will try to poke you back!
7 // Ferry Ride
Take the day and ride the free ferry from Cape Hatteras to Ocracoke! The ferry ride from Hatteras to Ocracoke typically takes 40-45 minutes depending on the weather and runs every 30 minutes from both sides. The ferry is a great photo and sightseeing opportunity as well. The ferry sails over the Pamlico Sound where you can see miles of water! Once the ferry stops, adventure the towns of Ocracoke or Hatteras, depending on where you got on!
8 // Manteo Farmer’s Market
The Manteo Farmer’s Market happens every Saturday from 8 AM to 12 PM. Take a stroll downtown and discover homemade goods, homegrown produce, and more. Local artists sell their works and live music is played sometimes as well. Going to the Farmer’s Market is completely free so you don’t have to spend any money unless you see something really beautiful (or really tasty!)
9 // North Carolina Wildlife Reserve
Learn more about the different wildlife refuges all over the country at the National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center. This center located in Manteo is 100% free! The National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center represents eleven different wildlife refuges and one national fish hatchery. With interactive exhibits and audio-visual programs like a virtual airplane ride, you can learn more about national refuges and their importance!
10 // Catch of the Day
Take a trip down to Oregon Inlet Fishing Center or over to Pirate’s Cove Marina and watch the boats come in after a long day of fishing. Watch the catches of the day being unloaded off the boats and even see who had the best day of fishing!
Nags Head is full of beauty, adventure, and history much like the other 15 towns that make up the Outer Banks. Check out these places to see and things to do in our list of Top 10 Things To Do in Nags Head!
1. First Flight Adventure Park
Bring out your inner adrenaline junkie and take on the First Flight Adventure Park. Challenge yourself at Nags Heads’ newest aerial adventure park! With platforms ranging from 12 feet to 50 feet high and 6 total courses, there’s something for everyone.
2. Jockey’s Ridge
Learn the history and ecology of that huge sand dune you’ve probably seen a time or two at Jockey’s Ridge State Park. Once you’ve learned some of Jockey’s Ridge’s history, make your way across the street to Kitty Hawk Kites and rent a kite to fly on the sand dunes or browse around Kitty Hawk Surf for a new outfit or outdoor gear.
Nags Head is home to Tanger Outlets with shops like J.Crew, Polo, Coach, and more. Take time out and stroll through the mall or visit some of the other amazing local shops like Secret Spot Surf Shop or Foxy Flamingo in Nags Head as well.
4. Galaxy Golf
Directly across from Bonnet Street beach access, Galaxy Golf is a fun mini golf course that the whole family will love. This outer spaced themed mini golf course features 18 different holes. Once you’ve had a fun round of mini golf, head over to the Bonnet Street beach access and cool off in the ocean!
5. Jennette’s Pier
Jennette’s Pier, originally built in 1939 is one of the oldest fishing piers on the Outer Banks. The North Carolina Aquarium Society purchased Jennette’s Pier and rebuilt it in 2011. Once just a home to fishing, Jennette’s Pier offers a snack bar, tackle and gift shop, and an AMAZING view of the Atlantic Ocean.
6. Go Karts
How about a little friendly competition? Nags Head Raceway offers single and double go-karts so everyone can compete! The soundside track is sure to captivate you but don’t get too distracted; its Outer Banks tradition that the loser has to buy the winner ice cream!
7. Fish Heads
Enjoy great food with the very best view of the beach. Fish Heads Bar and Grill is located right on top of Outer Banks Fishing Pier. With over 30 different beers on tap food choices like fish tacos and crab cake sandwiches, Fish Heads is the place to go. Did we mention 15 cent shrimp every day from 4 PM to 6 PM?
8. Nags Head Woods
With over 7 different trails to discover and explore, Nags Head Woods will provide hours of active fun. One of the most popular trails is the Roanoke Trail located right off of Ocean Acres Drive. The Roanoke Trail has a direct path to the Roanoke Sound and back which equals out to be about 1.5 miles long.
9. Farmdog Surf School
Learn how to hang 10 or paddle out at Farmdog Surf School. Farmdog offers surfing and stand up paddleboarding lessons ranging from 1 student to over 15. Farmdog will provide you a surfboard, a wetsuit (weather providing), and a shady beach tent when it’s break time. Farmdog also offers beach yoga and a fitness studio!
10. Beach It!
With over 40 public beach accesses up and down the town of Nags Head and the beautiful Outer Banks weather, there’s no reason for you to not get out and soak up the sun! One of the biggest advantages of the Outer Banks is the simplicity of a quality beach day. All you need is a towel, some sunscreen, a bathing suit and a beachy state of mind to enjoy and truly Outer Banks beach day!
This top 10 list only just scratches the surface of what all the town of Nags Head has to offer you on your visit. Now that you’ve seen this list of a few new things to see and try in Nags Head, start planning your Outer Banks vacation! Check out Resort Realty’s stunning Nags Head vacation homes and make us a part of your Nags Head summer vacation!
First Flight Adventure Park – Courtesy of First Flight Adventure Park
Farmdogs Surf School – Courtesy of Farmdogs
Fish Heads Bar and Grill – Courtesy of Fish Heads
Galaxy Golf – Courtesy of Galaxy Golf
Spending quality time with your favorite four legged friend is a great way to spend any day. So why not go out and adventure around the Outer Banks with them too? Check out these spots you and your pup will enjoy in our Top 10 Places to Take Your Dog On The Outer Banks.
1. Jockey’s Ridge
Take a hike with your dog up to Jockey’s Ridge! Enjoy a nice sandy walk on the dunes. Just make sure you’re up to date on Jockey’s Ridges’ pet safety rules.
2. Snowbird Ice Cream
Treat your pooch (and yourself) to a sweet treat at Snowbird Ice Cream in Nags Head. You can get a milkshake, ice cream cone, or even a burger and fries while your dog can lap up a pup cup. Pup cups are vanilla ice cream in a cup that’s $2. With every pup cup purchase, Snowbird donates $1 to the Dare County SPCA, the sweetest treat of all.
3. Nags Head Woods
Keep puppy active by going for a stroll in Nags Head woods. With 7 different trails to discover, the possibilities are endless. Just make sure you bring plenty of water for you and your dog and take a break and enjoy the beauty of the woods.
4. Downtown Manteo
Historic downtown Manteo is the perfect place to explore with your dog. Filled with plenty of shops and a few pet friendly restaurants with outdoor seating, there’s plenty to enjoy and do. Take a stroll dockside and check out all the boats or walk the sidewalks and admire the architecture of some of the historical buildings.
5. Roanoke Island Festival Park
While you’re in downtown Manteo, make your way over the bridge to Roanoke Island Festival Park. Festival Park is a historical representation site of Roanoke Island in 1585. Although your furry friend isn’t allowed in the representational part of the park, there is a beautiful grassy area near the pavilion perfect for playing a game of fetch and a sound side boardwalk that borders the majority of the park.
6. The Beach
The beach is one of the best places to spend time with your dog. Wake up early in the morning to enjoy a beautiful beachside sunrise stroll or wait a little later and frolic in the waves with your pooch. Just make sure you know of the water conditions and stay informed on rip currents.
7. Wright Brothers National Memorial
Learn more about the first flight that took place right here on the Outer Banks and visit the Wright Brothers Memorial in Kill Devil Hills. Visit the monument and even see a real size version of the Wright Flyer. While you’re learning, your dog is enjoying a nice walk around the park. It’s a win-win for you and your dog.
8. The Sound
In the evening, take a sound side stroll at the sound access behind Jockey’s Ridge and watch one of the famous Outer Banks sunsets. In the summer, even when the sun starts to go down it’s still pretty warm and since the sound is brackish water, it usually stays pretty flat (meaning, no waves). That creates the perfect opportunity for your dog to go for a fun swim.
9. Island Pet Gallery
Stop in with your furry friend to Island Pet Gallery! Let them pick out a new toy to take home or maybe a new collar or leash so they can make a new fashion statement. Treat them for being a good dog and a good friend.
10. Kitty Hawk Dog Park
Enjoy the dog park in Kitty Hawk and let your dog play and even maybe meet a few new dog friends. A registration form does need to be filled out and you must present a current vaccination record.
Make your visit even more enjoyable with your dog and book one of our pet friendly vacation homes today!
Fireworks, parades, cookouts and celebrations with family and friends make the 4th of July summer’s greatest holiday. The Outer Banks is ringing in the USA’s birthday with lots of exciting events and fireworks shows to help you celebrate our nation and show your patriotism. Whether you’re in Corolla or Hatteras Island, there is a memorable 4th of July activity close by.Â (more…)
New scenery, experiences and insight are why we all long to travel. The saying goes “we travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” Fresh salt air, uncharted territory, and one-of-a-kind experiences are just what you need to break up the routine and refresh your soul. From memorable day trips to one-of-a-kind outings, the Outer Banks has countless excursions to satisfy the wanderlust in all of us.
Keep reading to learn more about the Top 10 Excursions to Experience on the Outer Banks.
Take the 40-minute ferry ride from Hatteras Island to the secluded and dreamy island of Ocracoke. The island stretches out nearly 13 miles with charming cottages, artisan shops, and a small town feeling that immediately makes you feel at ease. Most people travel by foot, bike, or golf cart to get around, so parents can relax and let the kids play. You can drive on the beach and try out as many water activities as you have energy for. You’ll easily see why the famous pirate, Blackbeard, spent so much time there.
The thrill of reeling in a big fish is hard to explain unless you’ve experienced it firsthand. Heading out to the Gulf Stream with your friends for an all-day fishing trip is an unforgettable experience. Knowledgeable charter captains and mates will take you where the fish are biting so you can reel in large species of fish like tuna, dolphin (mahi), and billfish – including sailfish, white and blue marlin.
If picturesque places are your favorite part of traveling, you’ll want to sign up for a Corolla wild horse tour. Seeing the rolling sand dunes, beautiful oceanfront, and watching the wild Spanish colonial horses roam free is an image you’ll keep with you for years to come.
These famous lighthouses are not only navigational aids, they are full of history and detailed architecture with a wonderful view waiting for you at the top. The Currituck Beach, Bodie Island and Cape Hatteras Lighthouses are available to climb for a nominal fee. The Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse in Manteo and the Ocracoke Island Lighthouse are not open to climbers but are open to visit at your leisure.
Celebrate and learn more about the incredible achievement the Wright Brothers made on the Outer Banks at The Wright Brothers Memorial in Kill Devil Hills. Tour the museum and learn more about that historic day and see artifacts from that time period. View replicas of the gliders and statues of the key players in the first day of flight. Traveling up to the top of the monument and reading the inscription, “Conceived by genius and achieved by dauntless resolution and unconquerable faith,” will leave you with a sobering feeling about how monumental this invention and event truly was.
Luckily, you don’t have to travel to tropical islands to see dolphins up close! Catch dolphins swimming and playing in their natural habitat on a dolphin cruise right here on the Outer Banks! Spend a few hours on the water following the bottlenose dolphins around the Atlantic Ocean and learning more about them.
Charm and history collide in the quaint town of Manteo on Roanoke Island. Steeped in tradition, history, and old world charm, Manteo is located on the western side of Bodie Island, surrounded by gentle soundfront waves. Walk where the settlers traveled on Roanoke Island, visit the gorgeous grounds at The Elizabethan Gardens, watch a live performance of The Lost Colony, the only outdoor drama, or just enjoy the sights, sounds, and quaint shops downtown. This waterfront community is the perfect place to explore on foot or by bike.
Pack a water bottle and venture up the largest sand dune on the east coast. Pick up a stunt or decorative kite across the street at Kitty Hawk Kites and fly it high on the towering dunes. For the more adventurous , try your hand at hang gliding! Even the little ones will love this famous Outer Bank landmark – perfect for running up and then sliding down the dune (not to mention, burning off some energy!) All that exploring needs fuel! Bring lunch and enjoy a picnic at one of the 8 picnic shelters. (Each shelter has two tables and a grill.)
Recently remodeled and updated with several new exhibits and galleries, the Roanoke Island Aquarium in Manteo is a fun place for all ages to visit. Touch the stingrays as they glide through the shallow hands-on touch tank. Travel through the Wild Wetlands where river otters play and alligators lurk. Experience the aquarium’s hands-on Sea Turtle Rescue exhibit and conservation efforts in the Sea Turtle Assistance and Rehabilitation (STAR) Center. View high-definition films and the new “Science on a Sphere” experience in Neptune’s Theater. And lastly, marvel at the largest collection of sharks in the state in the Graveyard of the Atlantic â€“ a giant shark aquarium with Gulf Stream interactive exhibit.
If you’re longing for serenity and solitude, make time to visit the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Spreading out over 70 miles, this is a place where you can relax and enjoy a simpler way of life. Fish, kiteboard, swim, nature watch, or snap a few photos of the marshes and vast oceanfront. Playing and relaxing are both welcomed and encouraged here.
Excitement, adventure and new experiences await you on the Outer Banks. Don’t just daydream, do it! For more Outer Banks excursion ideas, visit Resort Realty’s Things to Do page.