Sandcastles, beachcombing, and sunny days by the sea. Spring is almost here!

After a harsh winter, we’re all looking forward to flowers blooming and brighter, warmer days ahead. The kids are anxiously counting down the days until it’s officially Spring Break and adults are longing for a little R&R. A trip to the Outer Banks of North Carolina this spring is just what you need to hold you over until your summer beach vacation.

With the summer crowds yet to arrive and miles of gorgeous (empty) beaches waiting to be claimed, you’ll discover why spring is one of the most peaceful and relaxing times to visit our pristine shores.

We’ve got the week mapped out for you with the top 10 things to do in spring on the OBX! You just need to book an Outer Banks vacation home and then kick back and enjoy all that spring has to offer on the OBX!

1. Tour of The Elizabethan Gardens


The first signs of spring are warmer weather, birds chirping and flowers blooming. Experience the beauty of spring at The Elizabethian Gardens in Manteo. Take a tour of the gardens and enjoy the scenic views.

2. Fly into Spring & Easter Eggstravaganza


Easter egg hunts, a kite festival, and meet and greet with the Easter Bunny are all in the works at Kitty Hawk Kites Eggstravaganza. Breathe in the fresh air on top of the worlds largest sand dune, Jockeys Ridge, and watch the colorful kites dance over the horizon. Easter Egg Hunts broken down by age group will take place on both days. And…don’t forget to snap a photo with the Easter Bunny! You can find more information on this yearly event here on Kitty Hawk Kites website!

3. Private Kite Boarding Lesson

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The wind and the weather are just right this spring to finally try your hand at kiteboarding. Outer Banks Kiting in Avon offers private half and full day lessons for beginners to pick up the basic maneuvers and tricks of the trade with their own personal coach.

4. Corolla Horse Tour


Learn a little Corolla, NC history while enjoying the beautiful surroundings on a Corolla horse tour. Adults and children will both love this off-roading adventure and a chance to see what the “real” locals look like in their natural surroundings.

5. Beachcombing

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Uncrowded beaches mean there are plenty of shells and other beach treasures that are waiting to be discovered. Take a leisurely walk on any of the beaches from Corolla to Hatteras Island and keep your eyes open for unique shells and sea glass.

6. Outer Banks Fishing

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The OBX is a fisherman’s paradise with a variety of fish to reel in from several noteworthy fishing piers. The piers open up again just in time for Spring Break. You can expect to catch grouper, sea trout, bluefish, and snapper fish in late March and early April.

7. OBX Taste of the Beach

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This annual foodie event is 4 days of food, drink, and fun on the OBX. Taste of the Beach is a fantastic way to sample some of the Outer Banks finest coastal fair and beverages. With over 60 events stretched out over 40 different venues, there is an activity for everyone. Cooking and bartending classes, multi-course dinners, live music, and behind the scenes tours are just a few of the fun-filled events taking place.

8. Outer Banks Shopping


Unique items, hand crafted by local artisans, and special mementos make shopping on the Outer Banks a memorable experience. Tim Buck II in Corolla and Scarborough Faire Shopping Center, Scarborough Lane, and Waterfront Shops in Duck are just a few of the quaint, charming shopping areas to visit on your Outer Banks spring getaway.

9. Bike Rides & Walking Trails

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Whether you cruise along the beach road on South Virginia Dare Trail or catch the sunset at Bay Drive in Kill Devil Hills, there is always a great view and cool breeze to enjoy while biking. The Wright Brothers Multi-Use Path in Kitty Hawk, Nags Head Woods, and the Duck Boardwalk are also great trails for scenic views. And don’t forget your furry companions! We offer 150 pet-friendly Outer Banks homes — perfect for your 4-legged family members to relax in after exploring these popular Outer Banks nature trails.

10. First Flight Adventure Park

Craving a little adventure? The First Flight Adventure Park reopens just in time for Spring Break and is the one and only aerial park on the Outer Banks. Challenge yourself with 48 different obstacles that go up to 50 feet in the air. The course is designed for ages 6 and up and offers courses for the active and no so active members of your group.

From cozy 1-bedroom OBX condos to exquisite 14-bedroom luxury vacation rentals, Resort Realty has just the right home for you and your family this spring. Right now you can take advantage of our Taste of the Beach and Spring Break specials — where you can stay 3 nights and get one FREE!*