So what is there to do in OBX you ask?
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There is tons to do in the Outer Banks and Kill Devil Hills is right in the middle of it all at MP (Mile Post) 6.5.
Here area few ideas:
5th street beach access [map] - closest to the house. next to K-Mart. free parking.
MP 8 beach access - turn by the Dairy Queen and the life saving station. showers, bathrooms, free parking etc.
fishing - Oregon Inlet runs charter boats. We slayed the dolphin and white marlin this past September.
There are also fishing piers up and down the outer banks. I would recommend Janette's pier (new) in Nags Head at MP 16. Avalon is at MP 6 by the house.
grocery stores - Wal Mart and Harris Teeter at MP 1, Food Lion at MP 6.5, KMart at MP 6.5, Harris Teeter at MP 9
Outlet mall at MP 16
Seafood every where you look! Spring, Summer, and Fall are all good seasons for fish. The fall is a personal favorite due to Striper (Rockfish) start running, oysters are in season, and of course tuna, Mahi, shrimp, flounder, and crab are always around.
Jockey's Ridge state park - this is a giant (200 ft or so) sand dune. See the sound and the ocean fro the top. They offer hang gliding school as well. http://www.jockeysridgestatepark.com/
Wright Brother Memorial - this is where the first flight actually happened. interesting history here.http://www.nps.gov/wrbr/index.htm
golf everywhere. http://www.outerbanksgolf.net/ Personal favorites:
Nags Head Links course http://www.clubcorp.com/Clubs/Nags-Head-Golf-Links
Kilmarlic (4 miles back over the bridge) http://www.kilmarlicgolfclub.com
I have not played up in Corolla, at The Pointe, or in Duck Woods, but have head they are all nice.
Seascape in Kitty Hawk is tight and can be windy, with houses and dunes.
Eco tours on the sound by kayak.
Beach rental shops - kayak, surf boards, paddle boards, bikes, etc. Google for the best deal. there are a few out there.
Corolla (North 20 miles) has wild horses if you have 4WD. Incredible sight to see. see attached pic from Mother's day 2009.
5 light houses (all state parks) within driving distance. If you have an engineer in the family, they moved the Hatteras light house a few years back. thinking through that project is a mind-bender.
Bodie island and Corolla are the closest at about 15 or 20 miles.
movie theater for rainy days at MP 6
putt putt at MP 7 and many other places
gift shops up and down the main road. Be sure to check out the newly rebuilt Christmas Mouse at MP 10 on the main road.
Manteo island is across the bridge at MP 16
NC aquarium is on Manteo island - they now have a shark tank. Its no Baltimore national aquarium or Va Marine science museum, but they have done a ton of upgrades and it is a very nice place that will keep the family busy for a couple hours.
Blackbeard Pirate history! - Ocracoke island is 80 miles south and you will take a ferry ride over. Ocracoke was voted one of the top 10 beaches in the country. It is a great remote beach and one of the most beautiful places to visit. The water is usually warm in Ocracoke since it is well south of the point where the gulf stream turns out to sea. You will want to leave early if you go here. It will take 2 - 3 hours to get there. Ocracoke is a small little town at the end if the island. Ocracoke inlet is also where Blackbeard was killed by the British navy after a giant pirate party. His crew was tried and hanged in Williamsburg up in, the crown jewel colony at the time, Va. http://www.nationalgeographic.com/pirates/bbeard.html The old exibit burned down, and the new one is limited.
Watch the weather...especially the wind for beach days. A prevailing west wind will bring hotter temperatures on the beach and blow the gulf stream out, bringing cooler water. Conversely, an East wind will bring a great sea breeze and warmer, clearer waters in. Changes can happen in hours dependent upon wind speed, so be sure to keep an eye on the wind. A great site for beach conditions is http://www.surfline.com/surf-report/kill-devil-hills-southeast_4408/ or of course weather.com