Rain. Wind. Red flags. Sunburn. When these unfortunate events strike on your Outer Banks vacation, we have the perfect prescription. Head to Manteo, North Carolina for some indoor fun at Jumpmasters Trampoline Park! We decided to do just that this past week — when the Outer Banks was inundated with rain for what seemed like FOREVER. No fear! We simply jumped in the car and took a quick trip over the Washington Baum Bridge to Roanoke Island to the charming waterfront town of Manteo to check out Jumpmasters. And we have to say, WE. HAD. A. BLAST.

Jumpmasters, Outer Banks Trampoline Park

Jumpmasters Trampoline Park features fun for the ENTIRE family! From the obstacle course and foam pit with foam jousting sticks, to the climbing wall, dodgeball area, and multiple trampolines for “open jump,” we forgot all about the rain!

ROCK WALL
Rock Climbing Wall at Jumpmasters Trampoline Park

Rock Climbing Wall

Build muscle and hone your skills as you defy gravity and master your ascent while enjoying some rock wall fun.

NINJA WARRIOR COURSE

I don’t know about your kids, but mine live for the TV show “American Ninja Warrior” in the summer. So when they discovered that Jumpmasters had their own smaller-scale version of a ninja warrior course that they could try for themselves, they were pumped!

BATTLE BEAM

The balance beam meets jousting. Only the lances are soft (and a bit more awkward we might add) and the pit below is full of cushy blocks of foam. So instead of perishing, you’ll just fall off the balance beam and giggle as you try to make your way out of the foamy pit.

AIR BAG

Feeling brave but want the assurance an extra soft landing? Try out the air bag! This unique airbag landing area is just that…a HUGE BAG OF AIR. Practice your flips, spins or other amazing acrobatics, all with the confidence that you’ll land safely on a giant, inflatable airbag.

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Dodge Ball at Jumpmasters Trampoline Park

Dodge Ball

Just when you thought the long lost days of PE were done! The funnest sport from your childhood re-emerges…but this time on trampolines! Jumpmasters has a dedicated area to play this classic game with friends. The only downside is that once you’ve experienced trampoline dodgeball, you’ll never want to play normal dodgeball again.

 

TRAMPOLINES (OPEN JUMP)
Jumpmasters Trampoline Park, Manteo, North Carolina

Open Jump on the trampolines

Jumpmasters has trampolines on the floor and trampolines on the walls. The only place they don’t have trampolines is on the ceiling. Easily the most well known attraction of indoor trampoline parks, the open jump trampoline area is home to the best acrobats, stuntmen, and daredevils…even the smallest of jumpers can get airborne during Toddler Time, safe and supervised jump time each morning from 9 to 11AM.

Planning on checking out this super fun indoor trampoline park on the Outer Banks? Check out a couple of helpful tips before you go…

  1. Call ahead to check wait times.
  2. Buy your tickets and sign your waivers online.
  3. Arrive 15-20 minutes early to check-in, buy jump socks and watch the safety video.
  4. Live on the OBX? Take advantage of the locals discount!

In addition to Jumpmasters Trampoline Park, Manteo, North Carolina offers a full day of fun excursions for the entire family to enjoy on your Outer Banks vacation. Be sure to check out Roanoke Island Festival Park, The Elizabethan Gardens, Fort Raleigh Historical Site, and the NC Aquarium…plus several local boutiques and a variety of dining options (for the epicurean and the casual diner alike!) — located downtown along the beautiful Manteo waterfront.

Inspired by owner and operator Brent Johnson, a retired Major in the U.S. Army and certified Army jumpmaster, Jumpmasters is located on Highway 64 in the old Griggs Lumber site in Manteo. For more information about Jumpmasters, including operating hours and ticket prices, visit www.jumpmastersobx.com.

If you are a first time visitor to the Outer Banks, planning the perfect vacation can be a little overwhelming. With so much to see and do but such little time, it can be a lot especially if you’ve never visited the Outer Banks before! Lucky for you, we’ve come up with a list of places to go, things to see, and more to help you out on your first visit to the Outer Banks!

Places To Go…

Duck Waterfront Shops // Historic Corolla Village // Downtown Manteo

The Outer Banks is full of places to explore and enjoy the beauty and simplicity of small town life. Downtown Manteo features a ton of local shops and restaurants that you must visit. Plus, Roanoke Island Festival Park is just a short walk over the bridge. You can see what life was like for English soldiers in 1585 and even tour a real, working representation ship, The Elizabeth II! The Duck Waterfront Shops features a bunch of great local shops and an amazing view of the sound! If you’re in Corolla, historic Corolla Village is a must visit as well. On a nice, breezy, spring or summer day, getting outside and taking a stroll around these Outer Banks gems with your family is priceless!

Sights To See…

Wright Brothers Monument // Elizabethan Gardens // Jockey’s Ridge

From the Wright Brothers National Monument to Jockey’s Ridge, the Outer Banks is full of rich history that is all tied together. The Elizabethan Gardens in Manteo and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site are the perfect places to go if you’re interested in learning more about the Lost Colony and see gorgeous array of flowers. The Currituck Beach, Bodie Island, and Cape Hatteras lighthouses are must-sees as well!

Activities To Do…

Carova Beach // Outer Banks Jeep Rentals // Equine Adventure Tours

Whether you have your own 4 wheel drive vehicle or need to rent one, you have to go to Carova or Cape Hatteras for a first time off-road beach experience! Carova and Hatteras Island both feature pristine, undeveloped beaches that are sure to please the first time Outer Banker.While 4WD beaches in Corolla and Carova don’t require a permit, the Cape Hatteras National seashore does. You can find more info here on how to obtain a permit. If 4WD isn’t your style, take a horseback ride with Equine Adventures and see the beauty that Hatteras Island has to offer!

Places To Eat…

Rundown Cafe, Kitty Hawk // Hurricane Mo’s, Kitty Hawk // Duck Donuts, all over the OBX

If you’re looking to find the best local food, look no further! Outer Banks Voice has a great Best of the Beach guide for the best seafood, breakfast, donuts and more, making it easy for you to find the best local eats on the beach! Duck Donuts, Run Down Cafe, and Hurricane Mo’s are just a few great places that made the list so be sure to check them all out!

Where To Stay…

Sailfish Station #5547 // Crosswinds #5716 // Robins’ Nest #2310

When visiting the Outer Banks, staying in a vacation rental home is your best option. It’ll save you money, keep you comfortable, and give you a space to bond and relax with family and friends. At Resort Realty, we have the perfect home for you no matter what your needs. From luxury homes to cozy condos, make your first and future Outer Banks vacations special and rent with Resort Realty! Browse over 500 Outer Banks vacation homes online or talk to one of our amazing vacation specialists at (800) 458 – 3830.

March 9th marks the National Day of Unplugging! For 24 hours, log off of your lap top,  turn off that tablet, and put away that cell phone. Use this time to explore and bond with your family. Are you on the Outer Banks? See our guide on different ways to spend your unplugged time on the OBX!

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The Outer Banks in the summer time is the best place to be! Everyone else thinks so too. If you’re an Outer Banks vacation veteran, you’ll know that traffic coming in and out of the beaches can be super congested and time consuming. Everyone is coming in on the same day and leaving on the same day. If you’re not trying to sit in traffic on your next OBX visit, read on to see how to beat the summer jam!

Leave Early

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Most traffic jams on the Outer Banks happen roughly between 11 AM and 3 PM (give or take an hour). By leaving early in the morning and arriving on the Outer Banks by 9 or 10, you won’t have to deal with traffic. The kids can sleep in the car, you can get a little piece and quiet, and you can explore the OBX while you’re waiting for check-in! There are plenty of things to see and do before your vacation rental is ready for check-in. From going to the beach to exploring amazing Outer Banks landmarks, there’s so much to choose from. To get an idea on what to do while you’re waiting browse through the following blogs:

Top 10 Hidden Gems On The Outer Banks

Top 10 Free Things To Do On The Outer Banks

Explore The Outer Banks On A Budget

Top 25 Outer Banks Rainy Day Activities

 

Find An Alternate Route

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The most congestion on turn over days occurs on the route coming in to the Wright Memorial Bridge. While the GPS may say that taking an alternate route may take more time, it’ll save you from sitting in traffic; especially if you’re vacationing from Kitty Hawk south. Taking highway 64 instead of 158 may add miles to the journey but you’ll be moving at a steady pace and will be on the OBX in no time!

 

Keep Calm + Plan Ahead

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If leaving early or an alternate route isn’t in the cards for you and your group, have a plan for possibly sitting in traffic. See which rest stops and restaurants are along your route, and pack enough snacks and entertainment for the kids. We’ve come up with a list of great apps for kids to help car rides to the Outer Banks pass faster! You can see them here.

 

Use Travel Apps

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Travel apps like Waze and Gas Buddy can help you travel with ease. The Waze app can help you avoid accidents, road obstructions, and gives you real time traffic updates. Plus, it offers turn by turn voice navigation and ETA to share with people you may be meeting at your vacation home. Gas Buddy can help you find the best and closest gas prices along your route. You can also enter to win $100 in free gas everyday, too!

 

Book A Home With A Friday or Sunday Turn Day

Crosswinds #5716 has convenient access to the beach, great amenities, AND a Sunday turn day!

Most people coming to the Outer Banks book a vacation rental home that has a check-in and check-out day that falls on Saturday; which is why traffic on Saturday is usually the worst. If you book a home with a turn over day that’s a Friday or Sunday, not only can you avoid traffic, you can also save money! Most homes with check-in and check-out that aren’t Saturday are typically cheaper! Resort Realty has homes with Friday, Saturday, and Sunday change over so you can customize your Outer Banks vacation however you see fit!

See everything Resort Realty has to offer and get your (minimal traffic) Outer Banks vacation started today!

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!

Get Outside

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.

 

Go Shopping

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!

 

Eat Like A Local

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.

 

Learn About The OBX

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.

 

Take Advantage Of Rates

This 6 bedroom, 6 bathroom, oceanfront home is super affordable for your group this spring break!

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!

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

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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

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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

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Beach glass via @whittmorrisette on Instagram

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

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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

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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

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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

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Hatteras ferry via North Carolina Ferry System Facebook

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

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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

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Wildlife refuge museum via National Wildlife

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

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Afternoon catch via Oregon Inlet Facebook

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!

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Hippity hoppity Easter is on its way! What better way to spend this Easter season with friends and family on the Outer Banks? All throughout April and Easter weekend, there are a slew of events you and your friends and family can partake in. We’ve come up with a list of local events for you to check out!

 

Dare County Parks & Recreation Easter Eggstravangaza // April 1st

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Join in on the fun at Dare County Parks and Recreation’s 20th annual Easter Eggstravaganza. The event will be hosted at the Family Recreation Park located at 602 Mustian Street in Kill Devil Hills. Time and activities are to be announced so keep checking on the Parks and Recreation website for details!

 

Basnight’s Lone Cedar Easter Buffet // April 16th 10:30 AM – 3:00 PM

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Basnight’s Lone Cedar is now taking reservations for their Easter Buffet! With selections like roasted turkey breast, crab dip, grilled shrimp, and much much more, make this your tastiest Easter yet! Adults are $22, children ages 6-12 are $12, and children 5 and under eat free! Visit Lone Cedar’s facebook and website for more details.

 

Fly Into Spring at Kitty Hawk Kites // April 14th & 15th 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

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Celebrate Easter weekend with Kitty Hawk Kites as they launch several 30- to 100-foot kites flying high over the dunes of Jockey’s Ridge State Park. In addition, pose for pictures with the Easter Bunny and hunt for thousands of hidden Easter eggs at Jockey’s Ridge Crossing. This event is FREE to the public. For more information visit Kitty Hawk Kites’ website.

 

Easter Eggstravaganza at The Elizabethan Gardens // April 15th 10 AM – 1 PM

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Come out and participate in an Outer Banks tradition. Hosted by The Elizabethan Gardens, the Easter Eggstravaganza is full of crafts, games, an Easter egg hunt, and more! Make sure you bring your own Easter basket to collect all your goodies and join in on fun for the whole family. Admission for members of The Gardens is free. Non-members pay adult admission with one child being admitted for free. For more information on event time, vendors, and activities visit The Elizabethan Gardens website or call 252-473-3234

 

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Dare County Family Recreation Park // via Dare County

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Basnight’s Lone Cedar // via Basnight’s Lone Cedar

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2016 Kitty Hawk Kites Easter Eggstravaganza // via Kitty Hawk Kites

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2016 Kitty Hawk Kites Easter Eggstravaganza // via Kitty Hawk Kites

February flew by and now March is upon us! Summer and warmer weather are getting closer and closer. With Spring starting this month, different Outer Banks events are starting up as well. Check out Resort Realty’s OBC (Outer Banks Calendar) each month to see what’s going on around town!

 

March 11th 10:00 AM // First Flight Cruisers Shamrock Car Show

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Enjoy over 200 different vehicles from classic to modern at the 10th annual Shamrock Show at First Flight High School. Admission is free so come out and ooh and ahh over all the different vehicles on display.

 

March 11th 8:00 AM // Running Of The Leprechauns 5K

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Run to the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow in the Running of the Leprechauns 5K and 10K hosted by Kelly’s Restaurant and Tavern. The race starts at 8:00 AM and finishes at 11:00 AM. Registration is $38 for both the 5K and 10K. Visit Kelly’s website for more details and registration.

 

March 12th 1:00 PM // Kelly’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

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Join in on a 28 year long Outer Banks tradition. The annual Kelly’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is one of the biggest in the state of North Carolina. The parade is free and it starts at 1:00 and runs until about 4:00. Visit Kelly’s website for more details.

 

March 23rd – 26th // Outer Banks Taste Of The Beach

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Outer Banks Taste of the Beach is 4 days filled with food, drink, and fun. Restaurants from all over the beach participate in Taste of The Beach every year. Events start at $21.50 and wih over 60 different events, the possibilities are endless.

Visit the Taste of the Beach website for more information, ticket prices, and registration.

 

 

Kids have to have fun on vacation too! The Outer Banks is full of kid-friendly activities that the whole family will enjoy. From getting outside and being active to learning more about marine life and conservation, check out our list of a few Outer Banks Kid Friendly Attractions!

Dowdy Park

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Formerly known as Joe Dowdy’s Amusement Park, Dowdy Park is a new Outer Banks playground for all families in the community to come play. Visitors and locals alike will love the new Dowdy Park that features a playground with equipment for every child, including a Liberty Swing so children in wheelchairs can play too. The park also features a garden area, playing fields and courts, and a pavilion. Dowdy Park will have its grand opening on May 13th from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

 

Children at Play Museum
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The Children at Play Museum is a place where children can learn, play and explore different features of the Outer Banks in one convenient play center. Kids will get to explore and pretend in sections like Carolina Flare which is a kids size replica fishing boat, the living swell focuses on the feel of surfing and daily activity and more. Each exhibit helps developmental skills like motor skills, creative thinking, community awareness, arts, and much more. Fun meets education on vacation!

 

North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island
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Get up close and personal with sand tiger sharks, sting rays and more at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. The aquarium is where kids (and adults) can learn more about marine life on the Outer Banks and how to preserve it. With over 7 exhibits to explore, the North Carolina Aquarium is a great place to spend time with the kids.

 

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Let the kids be a pirate for a day with Pirate Adventures of the Outer Banks! The Sea Gypsy will take you and the kids out on the Shallowbag Bay in order to get the treasure back from stinky Pirate Pete. The Sea Gypsy crew will turn your little one into a fearless pirate or a stunning mermaid with face paint and costumes. Climb aboard the Sea Gypsy and let your little ones live out their pirate dreams!

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Have wet and wild fun at H2OBX Waterpark! Not only is the park a great time for the whole family, there’s an area just for younger kids and toddlers! The kids play area features a small scale wave pool, jungle gym with splashy attractions, and smaller slides so everyone can join in on the fun.

 

Sometimes going out to eat with little ones can pose a challenge, but here on the Outer Banks, finding somewhere affordable and that you and the kids will love is a breeze. Many restaurants on the Outer Banks have extensive kid’s menus. From popcorn shrimp for little pirates or a cheeseburger for the picky eater, these restaurants have got you covered.

Big Al’s – Manteo

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This 50’s themed restaurant will take you back in time. Big Al’s Soda Fountain and Grill offers many different food selections. From burgers to fried fish, Big Al’s has it all for adults. The kids menu is extensive as well featuring the classics like burgers, chicken fingers, and more. Everyday except for Mondays, Big Al’s offers an all you can eat lunch buffet for $9.99, and even better, kids eat free! Visit their website or call them at 252-473-5570 for more details and a sample menu.

 

Sundogs – Corolla

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From steamer platters to shrimp baskets, Sundogs Raw Bar and Grill has got you covered. Featuring menu items like shrimp n’ grits and fish tacos, you’ll be sure to find something that’ll suit your appetite. The kids menu features fried shrimp, chicken tenders, hot dogs and more. With kids options only being $6, Sundogs is a restaurant sure to pleas their little taste buds and your wallet. Visit their website to view their menu and other services Sundogs offers.

 

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Duck Donuts are a famous treat on the Outer Banks. Although they don’t have a kids menu exactly, it’s a fun way to let little ones express their creativity in creating their own donut. Start with choosing donut coating, then add topping, and finish off with drizzle. Duck Donuts has coffee and hot tea for adults and hot chocolate, juice, and milk for the kiddos. Visit their website for locations closest to your vacation home and treat the family to a sweet treat.

 

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A local treasure, Mama Kwan’s features an island vibe with Asian and locally inspired cuisine. Mama Kwan’s features dishes like their famous fish tacos (trust us, get them blackened) and their Hawaiian pork plate. The also offer classics like cheese burgers and chicken tenders for the pickier eaters in your group. Mama Kwan’s has dishes to cater to everyone. The kids menu will make your little ones feel like grownups with options like grilled chicken served with pineapple and rice. Chicken tenders, popcorn shrimp, and chicken tenders can also be found on the menu. Mama Kwan’s also offers “kids cocktails” that are non-alcoholic but are still fruity, fun, and come with keepsakes to take home! Give them a call at 252-441-7889 or visit their website for more information.

 

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For authentic Mexican food, look no further than Plaza Azteca. Featuring menu options like seafood chimichangas, steak ranchero, and vegetarian quesadilla’s there’s something to please everyone. The kids menu also has dishes like traditional macaroni and cheese and cheeseburgers and something for the child that likes to try something new like quesadilla and rice or soft tacos. Kids also eat free on Monday nights! Visit their website or give them a ring at 252-255-1060 for questions and more information.

 

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Owned and operated by professional surfer Jesse Hines and his wife Whitney, Surfin’ Spoon is a cool hangout with some cool treats. This little frozen yogurt bar has big flavor with over 10 choices to nosh on, including vegan and no sugar added options. Toppings include fresh fruit, candies, and different sweet syrups to finish off your masterpiece. Let the kids create their own dessert bowl in the kids size cup they offer. Check out the kids’ books written by Jesse and Whitney called “Sebi Gets Barreled” and “Sebi Goes Surfing” that are sold at Surfin’ Spoon and go home with a bedtime story souvenir. Visit Surfin’ Spoon’s website for more about the business, Jesse and his family, and more.

 

Atlantic Coast Cafe – Waves

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Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, The Atlantic Coast Cafe is one of the best finds on Hatteras Island. This family friendly restaurant has dishes for everyone to enjoy. For breakfast, kids can enjoy silver dollar pancakes or french toast sticks while you grub on one of Atlantic Coast Cafe’s breakfast wraps or breakfast plates. Lunch and dinner boast vegetarian options like a veggie burger or freshly caught seafood. Little ones can enjoy chicken strips, a fish plate, grilled cheese, and more. Atlantic Coast Cafe also has specials daily and a 15% off coupon can be found on their website!

 

Tomato Patch Pizzeria – Corolla

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The Tomato Patch Pizzeria is a family style restaurant that offers many different Greek style food options. With choices ranging from Italian style pastas to Greek inspired pizza, there’s tons of options for everyone. On Tuesdays, The Tomato Patch offers Kids Night where kids can make their own, homemade pizza! Check out the Tomato Patch website for more information on kids night and a look at all their menu has to offer!

These restaurants just scratch the surface of all the Outer Banks has to offer in kid friendly dining. Check out a couple more kid friendly restaurants listed down below and get out and explore something new this vacation!

Mako Mikes – Kill Devil Hills

Mulligans – Nags Head

Pamlico Jacks –Nags Head

Black Pelican – Kitty Hawk

Spankys – Kitty Hawk

 

Winter on the Outer Banks is something magical. Time seems to slow down but there’s beauty in the stillness. Most local restaurants shut down in the colder months so employees and owners alike can get some much needed rest and relaxation until the warmer, busier season kicks up again. However, when holidays like Valentine’s Day rolls around, it makes it hard to find a restaurant that’s actually open. Luckily, a few Outer Banks eateries do stay open all year-round and some even open back up for you to spend Valentine’s Day with your loved one.

Basnight’s Lone Cedar Cafe – Nags Head
Enjoy fresh, local seafood at Basnight’s Lone Cedar Cafe. Lone Cedar takes pride in serving some of the freshest seafood and home grown herbs and greens right here on the Outer Banks. They even give you the option to bring in your own, cleaned catch of the day and they’ll prepare it for you however you like! This Valentine’s Day, Lone Cedar will be offering dinner specials, along with the full menu. Lone Cedar does not accept reservations so make sure you arrive at 4:30 when dinner starts to get a table and enjoy an out of this world meal with your significant other. Visit Lone Cedars’ website for more information and menu options.

Kelly’s Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern – Nags Head

For a dining experience that has a little something for anyone, spend your Valentine’s Day dinner at Kelly’s. Their menu consists of local seafood options, fresh meats, pasta, and vegetarian options. With every meal, Kelly’s serves their famous sweet potato biscuits that are to die for. Kelly’s does accept reservations so give them a call at 252-441-4116 or visit their website to view their menu and photos. Kelly’s offers the option to make a reservation online as well.

Blue Moon Beach Grill – Nags Head

Small, cozy, and quirky, Blue Moon Beach Grill is a local restaurant you don’t want to miss out on this Valentine’s Day. With their specialty being in Southern comfort food (like their famous shrimp and grits) expect nothing less than being treated like family. Blue Moon offers an exceptional dining experience at an affordable price. Blue Moon is open all year-round from 11:30 AM to 9:00 PM. Make sure you get there early to beat the dinner rush; Blue Moon does not accept reservations. Check out Blue Moon’s website for more information and take a peek at their menu.

Trio – Kitty Hawk

For a lighter fare and live entertainment, visit TRiO Bar and Bistro. TRiO hosts an immense selection of wine, beer, and cheese for you and your love to sample and a bistro menu of gourmet sandwiches, salads, desserts, and more. This Valentine’s Day, TRiO is hosting a 5 course dinner featuring off menu dishes couples will revel in. The dinner will also be paired with your choice of wine or beer. Advance registration for this event is required. Visit TRiO’s website for more information on the eatery and to register for the dinner event.

Salt Box Cafe – Kill Devil Hills, Colington Harbor

This cottage style restaurant serves the perfect intimate background for you and your sweetheart. The Salt Box Cafe focuses on locally farmed ingredients, seafood, meat, and vegetables to give you the dining experience you’ve only dreamed of. With options available like maple glazed duck breast and grilled local cobia, you and your love will have the best Valentine’s Day yet. Dinner is 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Salt Box Cafe does recommend making a reservation. Call 252-255-5594 to make your reservation. In the meantime, visit the Salt Box Cafe website to see everything they have to offer.

Aqua Restaurant – Duck

This Valentine’s Day, take a trip to Aqua and enjoy waterfront dining that’s sure to make sparks fly with your honey. Aqua offers locally farmed ingredients, fish, and meat to ensure a truly local dining experience. Different selections of beer and wine are available to pair with your meal and live music is played while you dine. You’ll find options like Cornish game hen, seafood pasta, and much more on their menu. After dinner, treat your sweetheart to something sweet off of Aqua’s extensive dessert menu. Reservations can be made over the phone by calling 252-261-9700 or online reservations are available on Aqua’s website.

Cafe Pamlico – Buxton

If casual fine dining is what you and your beloved are looking for this Valentine’s Day, look no further than Cafe Pamlico. With fresh local seafood coming from Buxton’s waters, the restaurant garden, Hatteras island or the Tidewater Region, you’ll be no less than impressed with whatever you order. Cafe Pamlico also offers a variety of vegan, vegetarian, and dietary needs options as well. Cafe Pamlico recommends making a reservation. You can call 252-995-4500 or the front desk at 866-PAMLICO (726-5426) for questions and reservations as well. Check out Cafe Pamlico’s website in the meantime to see all they have to offer.

Striper’s Bar and Grille – Manteo

This 3 floor restaurant will offer couples breathtaking views over the Albemarle Sound and appetizing dinner options that will make your Valentine’s Day sizzle. Striper’s Bar and Grille serves local seafood along with freshly made in house sides and dressings to complete your meal. Enjoy a romantic sunset over the sound as you dine with your loved one. Striper’s also offers catch and cook. You can bring in your own fresh caught and cleaned fish and Striper’s chefs will prepare it to your liking! Striper’s does accept reservations at 252-475-1021 or at 252-475-1022. Visit their website to view even more of their menu

 

Make this Valentine’s Day one to remember for years to come at any of these Outer Banks restaurants. Whether you’re visiting or you live here all year-round, plan an Outer Banks get away with you and your valentine in one of our cozier vacation homes!

 

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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!

 

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