Looking for a road trip destination this summer? Why not check out the Outer Banks of North Carolina? Generally people head to the Outer Banks of North Carolina for a little ‘RnR’ on the beach. And why wouldn’t you? This 200-mile (320 km) long strip of barrier islands, located on the eastern coast of North Carolina has LOTS of beaches to offer. This makes it especially attractive to folks looking to keep their distance form their neighbours in these days of COVID-19. But the beach isn’t the only thing the Outer Banks (OBX) has to offer. Here are 8 social distancing activities you can enjoy in the OBX. Explore One (or more) of 6 Lighthouses There are six lighthouses that inhabit the northern OBX coastline. They are Currituck Beach Lighthouse, Bodie Island Lighthouse, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse, Okracoke Lighthouse, and Cape Lookout Lighthouse. You’ll want to double check their websites for updates on whether or not they are open for tours if that’s what you plan to do (closed for 2020 season). But otherwise, they are pretty unique lighthouses to stand at the base of and admire. Bodie Island Light Station Catch a Sunset At Jockey’s Ridge State Park Okay, so this one involves sitting on sand, but at a slightly higher elevation, and overlooking the sounds rather than the Atlantic Ocean. Jockey’s Ridge State Park is a unique natural feature on the US East coast. It is the tallest living sand dune, which makes it the perfect…
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Looking for a road trip destination this summer? Why not check out the Outer Banks of North Carolina? Generally people head to the Outer Banks of North Carolina for a little ‘RnR’ on the beach. And why wouldn’t you? This 200-mile (320 km) long strip of barrier islands, located on the eastern coast of North Carolina has LOTS of beaches to offer. This makes it especially attractive to folks looking to keep their distance form their neighbours in these days of COVID-19. But the beach isn’t the only thing the Outer Banks (OBX) has to offer. Here are 8 social distancing activities you can enjoy in the OBX.

Explore One (or more) of 6 Lighthouses

There are six lighthouses that inhabit the northern OBX coastline. They are Currituck Beach Lighthouse, Bodie Island Lighthouse, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse, Okracoke Lighthouse, and Cape Lookout Lighthouse. You’ll want to double check their websites for updates on whether or not they are open for tours if that’s what you plan to do (closed for 2020 season). But otherwise, they are pretty unique lighthouses to stand at the base of and admire.

bodie island lighthouse
Bodie Island Light Station

Catch a Sunset At Jockey’s Ridge State Park

Okay, so this one involves sitting on sand, but at a slightly higher elevation, and overlooking the sounds rather than the Atlantic Ocean. Jockey’s Ridge State Park is a unique natural feature on the US East coast. It is the tallest living sand dune, which makes it the perfect perch to take in a sunset over Roanoke Sounds. You can even bring along a picnic! And it’s also a great spot to fly a kite and even hang glide if that thrills you!

Play Some Disc Golf

Ever heard of disc golf? Did you know there’s a course here in the OBX? The concept is similar to regular golf in that you have to score points at each of the 18 ‘holes’ (baskets). Except in this game, you throw discs rather than hit balls. This game is a fun family or adults only outside activity, that easily passes a couple hours. Be sure to bring your discs if you have ’em, otherwise you can pick some up at ACE Hardware. This course runs through a pine forest in Kill Devil Hills located behind the First Flight football field.

kill devil hills disc golf
Disk Golf Basket at the Casey R. Logan

Go on an OBX Scavenger Hunt

You’ll want to take along a copy of this ‘Outer Banks Scavenger Hunt’. Whether you’re bringing the family, aiming for a couples getaway or exploring the sandbar on a solo trip, this scavenger hunt is a great way to see all the major features the Outer Banks has to offer! The best part is, you can do it all for free 🙂 If you are hoping to get in some sight seeing in addition to your sun tan (hopefully not burn!), we’ve put together a list of key items for you to seek out and photograph. Make sure your first/next trip to the OBX is complete with this Outer Banks Scavenger Hunt.

Visit The Wright brother National Memorial

The Outer Banks are where history was made! The Wright Brothers National Memorial (maintained by the National Park Service) is a great place to stretch your legs and learn about all the magic that the Wright Brother’s made happen, right here in the OBX. There are signs and statues spread around the park to help you understand exactly what went down here in the winter of 1903. But walking the grounds and standing on the best vantage point the OBX has to offer is a treat in itself. (Park admission is $10 per person over 16 and FREE for anyone 15 years or less).

Wright Brother National Memorial
Wright Brothers National Memorial

Go Hunting for Horses!

There are a couple ways to do this. One is to take your 4×4 vehicle onto the beach in Corolla (read this first) and hope you cross paths with the local population for wild horses. If you don’t have a 4×4 vehicle, you can book a tour to do the same. If this isn’t quite your thing, you can make your way around Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head looking for the uniquely painted, life sized horses scattered around the Outer Banks.

Reconnect with Nature At Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve

Very few that visit the Outer Banks realize that there are hiking trails set back in Nags Head Woods on the sound side of the island. It’s a little off the beaten path in that you have to drive through a neighbourhood to get to it, but that’s part of the beauty. This network of trails winds through various species of Carolinian forest and even has a visitor center where you can learn more about all the animals that call the Outer Banks home. There’s even a couple freshwater pond s with benches where you can sit and admire the natural beauty of the preserve.

Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve
Entrance Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve

Find All the Murals

These prefect, Instagram worthy spots are all the rage these days. Murals and street art are a big thing in big cities, but they are starting to pop up in smaller towns too. And the Outer Banks is no stranger to them. Here you’ll find ocean themed murals, as well as a mural dedicated to the Wright Brothers themselves. There’s even a set of wings for you snap a photo in front of!

All that being said, are you considering a trip to the Outer Banks? In staying with the social distancing activities theme, a great lodging option is an Airbnb (you get a full space to yourself, forget a crowded hotel!) We’d love to host you in our very own pirate themed Airbnb. We hope to see you soon!

What social distancing activities have you been partaking in?

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