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.

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!

Summer is coming up and that means making arrangements now for Summer vacation! One of the biggest questions that is posed during vacation planning is where will you stay? Hotels may seem like the cheapest option but they can actually end up costing you a fortune. Between hidden fees, small spaces, and limited access to basic amenities, hotels can be more of a hassle than you may realize.

Why Rent a Vacation Home?

By renting a vacation home with Resort Realty, you’ll end up having way more space, saving money, and so much more. Take a look at our info-graphic to see why you should rent a vacation home instead of reserving a hotel room for your next Outer Banks vacation!

Vacation Homes vs Hotels

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Ditch overpriced and overcrowded hotel rooms this summer and find the vacation home of your dreams! By renting an OBX vacation home with Resort Realty, you’ll be sure to make your vacation fun and memorable. Everyone will have plenty of space to relax and unwind, you can bond over family dinner, and even spend endless hours in the sun, sand, and surf! Book your next Outer Banks vacation with Resort Realty today by visiting our website or by calling us at (800) 458-3830!

The Outer Banks is full of popular attractions. Honestly, what’s an Outer Banks vacation without a visit to the aquarium, climbing Jockey’s Ridge, and eating your favorite meal at your favorite, local spot? Although these attractions are amazing, there are so many more hidden places to see, things to do, and food to eat that you may not know about! Check out our 10 hidden gems of the Outer Banks to add to your to-do list this Outer Banks vacation.

Little Red Mailbox of Hope

Glenmere Ave Beach Access, Kill Devil Hills

Not very many people have heard of the Little Red Mailbox of Hope. Started by Sue and Eddie Goodrich and the Town of Kill Devil Hills, this little mailbox spreads messages of hope and love. When you come to the Outer Banks, make sure you take some time to read some of the messages in the Little Red Mailbox journal and even leave a note. You might find something you didn’t know you needed.

The Futuro House

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This unique UFO sighting can be found in Frisco off of Highway 12! Full of UFO inspired decor and items, this 26-foot wide dwelling is one of the few Futuro homes left in the United States! Because it is not up to code, you can’t enter it to visit but you can definitley pose in front of this ornamental structure for a great photo.  The Futuro House is a strange sight to see but definitely a gem on the Outer Banks!

Full Moon Restaurant + Lost Colony Brewery

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Full Moon Cafe, The Lost Colony Brewery, or The Full Moon Brewery – whatever you call it, there’s no denying that there is great food and great, craft beer to be had at this Manteo eatery! Opened in 1995 initially as a restaurant, Full Moon Cafe doubled as a brewery in 2011 and continues to make uniquely crafted beer and amazing food. “We are the home town restaurant where first dates, prom dates, wedding proposals, family gatherings, showers, and birthdays, have taken place for 22 years,” which is why Full Moon has earned it’s spot as a hidden Outer Banks gem!

Canadian Hole

Windsurfers from all over the world come to Canadian Hole to windsurf during the spring and summer months. If you’re not an avid windsurfer, Canadian Hole is still a really cool place to go and watch windsurfers sail over the sound with their colorful kites! The area is also ideal for families with young children because of the shallow waters and lack of waves!

Monument To A Century of Flight

This public monument located in Kitty Hawk honors the achievement and the history of flight! The Wright Brothers completed the first successful flight right here on the Outer Banks on December 17, 1903. This monument honors successful men and women who contributed to the history of modern flight and aviation that we continue to use today!

 

Winged Horses of the OBX

If you’ve been to the Outer Banks, you’ve noticed the colorful winged horses that stand proudly outside of different local businesses. As a part of the celebration of the 2003 Centennial of Flight, 99-lifesized fiberglass horses with aluminum aircraft wings were decorated and displayed all over the Outer Banks. This project went on from May 2002 to October 2004. Many of the horses can still be seen today! Check out photos of all the horses and a list of current winged horse locations!

Hatteras Cats

On Hatteras Island, you’ll find Burrus Red & White Supermarket. There’s nothing super special about this grocery store…except for the 6 toed cats! The cats that wander around the supermarket are descendants of a ghost ship from a few hundred years ago. When the ship was looted, locals brought them ashore and more six-toed (or polydactyl) cats appeared over time. The store owner, Allen Burrus, has recently gotten the wandering cats spayed and neutered.

Lucy + Ricky’s Nest

Basnight’s Lone Cedar Cafe is a local and visitor favorite. While this restaurant is very well known, not everyone knows about the Lone Cedar residents; Ricky and Lucy! Ricky and Lucy built a nest right outside of Lone Cedar to raise their young. They have returned each year and Lone Cedar even named their bar the Osprey Lounge! Ricky and Lucy’s nest can be seen outside of the windows while you dine at Lone Cedar!

Ocracoke Island Cemetery

Few people know that the Outer Banks was home to lurking German U-Boats during World War I and World War II; patiently waiting to attack the U.S. coast. Allied forces from England were sent to the US to protect the coastline, and many English troops ended up guarding the Outer Banks and Ocracoke. A number of ships and submarines were destroyed during the wars. A cemetery was created for the bodies of two unnamed British Soldiers who washed up on the beach during WWII. This cemetery is considered British soil and is a rich part of the history of Ocracoke Island.

Nags Head Woods

Full of nature, walking paths, and beauty, Nags Head Woods is a must visit on your next Outer Banks visit. Nags Head woods spans over 420 and over 5 miles of different trails from advanced to leisure! On a nice, sunny day, the secret sound access is the perfect place to go relax and get away from it all!

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!

Take Advantage Of Free Activities

From strolls on Jennette’s Pier to going ghost crabbing at night, there are so many free OBX activities to do on your vacation!

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!

Cook Meals Instead Of Going Out

A home made seafood roast with local OBX seafood? Yes please!

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!

Be Flexible With Travel Dates

With a visit in the off season, you’ll find uncrowded beaches and money saved!

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!

Consider A Mini Vacation

Vacation homes like Beacham Cottage #7810 are perfect for an affordable weekend getaway to the OBX!

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!

 

Make A Budget + Stick To It

Budget for fun OBX activities like a trip to the H2OBX water park!

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!

Check Out Budget Friendly Homes

Sea Cabin #7590 is an oceanfront OBX rental that can rent for as little as $695 per week!

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!

Take advantage of Deals + Specials

Home of the free because of the brave, to honor your service, Resort Realty offers a Hometown Hero vacation discount to save you money on your Outer Banks vacation || Image via Pinterest

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.

Rent A Home With A Group

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!

 

Discover the beauty, history, and charm of Manteo! Nestled between park preservation land and the private marina, Heritage point is a beautiful soundfront community located on the north end of Roanoke Island in Manteo. In Heritage Point, you’ll be greeted by picturesque houses, lush landscapes, and an overall sense of a tight knit community.

About Heritage Point

Heritage Point is also a top-of-the-line boating community. Enjoy all the Outer banks waters have to offer with ample boat slips and a boat launch for residents to enjoy. For those that don’t have a boat (yet), the community boardwalk will lead residents to the beautiful soundfront beach – perfect for a picnic or soaking up the summer sun.

Things To Do

Residents of Heritage Point can stay active and healthy with tennis courts and the fitness center that are located centrally within the community. Plus, the Heritage Point community is located right near the bike path that stretches all along Highway 64 and through historic downtown Manteo. Enjoy all of the great dining, shop, and attractions, Manteo has to offer just steps away from the comfort of home!

Local Schools Near Heritage Point

Known for being nationally ranked, Manteo Elementary, Middle, and High are all located very close to Heritage Point, making this community perfect for families.

The peaceful setting, located near the Fort Raleigh National Park, large lot sizes, elegant homes, and private marina make it on the of premier communities on Roanoke Island!

Heritage Point At A Glance

In Heritage Point, it’s all about the laid back, coastal lifestyle! Search our listings or build your dream home! Whether it’s a second home or a new location for you and your family, let Resort Realty help you find your Outer Banks abode!

So, you’re planning a trip to the Outer Banks and don’t know what to do? Well, start with your interests! Are you a foodie and love to sample different Outer Banks cuisine? Do you love nature and want to learn more about the diverse ecosystem on the OBX? Or are you totally into health and wellness and want some time to recharge this Outer Banks visit? No matter what you’re into, we have the perfect Outer Banks Journey to accompany your interests. From a week of fishing fun to everything else in between, see what kind of Outer Banks vacation is perfect for you!

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What Kind of Outer Banks Vacation Are You?

 

To see even more Outer Banks journeys, check out our journeys page on our website! From homeschooling adventures to a week any mermaid will love, find your journey with Resort Realty!

We are pretty well into the New Year and more than likely you’ve made a few resolutions for 2018! Why not change up your New Year’s resolution this year? Instead of making the usual pledge of getting a gym membership or starting a juice cleanse, why not make an investment resolution on the Outer Banks? (Or, if you’re ambitious, do all three!) Owning a second home on the Outer Banks could be an easy and profitable New Year’s Resolution.

Own A Piece Of Paradise

Owning an Outer Banks vacation home is like owning your own piece of paradise! You’ll make memories with your friends and family plus, you’ll give other families the opportunity to make memories on the Outer Banks as well!

Make a Quality Investment

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Investing in a vacation home on the OBX can be a great move financially, especially when you list your home with Resort Realty. With over 30 years of experience and being a leader in the Outer Banks vacation rental industry, we make sure you get the most out of your vacation home and ensure that your guests are happy and content on their vacation!

Our Professional Staff Has You Covered

At Resort Realty, our excellent staff want to make sure your home is taken care of and you get the maximum profit out of your investment. Our friendly and professional reservationists, housekeeping staff, maintenance staff, accounting, marketing, and property managers will make sure your house gets the rentals it deserves and shines in its best light!

See Why Our Homeowners Love Us

We aim to keep our homeowners as pleased as our guests! See why listing your rental home with Resort Realty is the best choice you could make.

“…I very much appreciate your high standards and the attention that you have given to our homes.  It certainly brings peace of mind.  Especially during the busy rental season, with every little thing that can go wrong, I’m confident, cleanliness isn’t going to be one of them if you are in charge.  Thank you so very much.” –  Property owner of a Duck vacation rental home

“Thank you Resort Realty for a successful season with 16 rentals! This is my first year with Resort Realty and this was the most rentals I have ever had in the 30 years that I have owned the property. I truly appreciate everything you all do and I’m looking forward to next year!” – Property Owners of a Nags Head vacation rental home

Make This New Year’s Resolution Count

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Make your New Year’s Resolution of owning a vacation property on the Outer Banks come true! Take a look at all of the homes for sale on the Outer Banks and connect with one of Resort Realty’s experienced and friendly real estate agents. Then, when you find the perfect vacation home and you’re ready to make profit on your investment, contact a Owner Consultant by emailing [email protected] or calling (800) 458-3830. You can also get more information on our rental program on the Resort Realty Owner page of our website!

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.

#4575 Duck Hill // Southern Shores

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!

#7650 Carrie’s Treehouse // Avon

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!

#5015 Surf Lodge // Kill Devil Hills

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!

#7810 Beacham Cottage // Frisco

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!

#5394 Happy Place // Kill Devil hills

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!

#7925 Aycock // Hatteras

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

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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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Produce via Manteo Farmer’s Market Facebook

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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Resort Realty has come up with guides for you to check out the best places to eat, visit, and play! Check back often to see which Outer Banks town will be featured next. The town we’re featuring this round? Kitty Hawk!

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Beach in Kitty Hawk

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Paradise Fun Park via Paradise Fun Park Facebook

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Rundown Cafe via Rundown Cafe Facebook

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Kitty Hawk Woods via National Park Service

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WRV Kitty Hawk via WRV website

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