Family Friendly Outer Banks Tips

Less crowded than many other East Coast vacation destinations along the Atlantic coast, the best qualities of the islands of North Carolina’s Outer Banks are their remoteness from the ways of the mainland, and easy access on and off of them by way of ferries and bridges. There are many communities along these barrier islands, each with their own flavor and character, and all of them offering family-friendly fun!

Whether it’s the site of the Wright Brothers first flight, America’s oldest outdoor drama about The Lost Colony, the largest dunes in the country at Jockey Ridge State Park, outdoor summer concerts at Roanoke Island Festival Park, fishing and events at Jennette’s Pier, or at one of the top ten aquariums in the U.S., the North Carolina Aquarium, and tons of other outdoor recreational options like hang gliding, water sports, bird watching, galleries, museums, and outstanding local restaurants, you won’t come up short with things to do, places to go, or fine food to eat!

If you’re traveling to the Outer Banks by car, consider beginning your trip at night to arrive at the beach in the morning so that most of your travel time is at night when there’s fewer delays and far less traffic. This will allow you to take in an awesome OBX sunrise on the beach in the morning, or take in some shopping to begin your Outer Banks vacation!

Of course, your family’s safety comes first. Here are some safety tips to observe when bringing your family on your Outer Banks North Carolina vacation.

  • Never swim alone. Swim near a lifeguard, if possible!
  • Ask a lifeguard about water conditions.
  • Know your swimming ability.
  • Stay close to shore.
  • Flotation devices are no substitute for swimming ability.
  • If caught in a rip current, swim parallel to shore.
  • Never leave children unattended.
  • Don't dive. Go feet first.
  • Avoid the water at night, dawn, or dusk, and avoid shiny jewelry or swimwear.
  • Body surfers should keep their arms in front to avoid injury.

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