Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Kids and the Outer Banks

What are some of our favorite things to do with the family when visiting The Tar Heel in Nags Head on the Outer Banks? Here are our top 5 choices (besides the beach of course!)

1. Fishing - it isn't just for boys! The Outer Banks is known for fishing and you don't have to have a boat. Pier fishing is what we recommend for the budding fisherman. The piers have rental rods, all the bait and the fishing fee covers the NC fishing license. All you have to do is show up. Don't worry if you are unsure yourself, all the piers have seasoned fisherman that are more then helpful.

2. Pirate Adventures of the Outer Banks. Who doesn't want to be a pirate? Join the motley crew on the Sea Gypsy for a unforgettable trip. After you sign up for the crew you will be outfitted in pirate attire, tattooed and boarded on to the Sea Gypsy. Sail out into the waters and find ye some treasure but not before a battle ensues and you have to fire your water cannons against the bad Pirate Pete. We aren't going to spoil this adventure so you'll have to go find out yourself! Make sure you call ahead and book reservations, this adventure books up. Captain Chum and his crew can be found on the Manteo Waterfront, only a 10 minute drive from us.

3. and 4. Go Carts and Putt-Putt Golf. You can't go to the beach and not do one or the other - or even both! There are several mini-golf spots through out the Outer Banks, all with their own theme. There a four that are located in Nags Head alone. Our favorite go cart track is Full Throttle Speedway in Nags Heads (right next to Mutiny Bay Mini-Golf). Full Throttle offers two tracks, an oval slick-track or a figure 8 track, and Indy style gas powered go-carts.

5. The NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island. The aquarium is a magical place where the kids get to see the Outer Banks in a whole new light. Not only will they see sharks but they will get a glimpse into our coastal freshwater as well as what is in our marshlands and so much more. There are several daily programs as well as camps and outreach programs. Make visiting the beach not only fun but educational too!

So there you have it, our top 5 picks for kids! Book your next stay here at the Tar Heel Motel, we you are only steps away from the beach. Our outdoor pool is another favorite of our guests, perfect place to unwind or cool off after a day of exploring. Next shout out we'll hit our top favorite places to eat! We hope to see you soon.