Monday, July 29, 2013

Pirates and a Pirate Festival

Learn Pirate games, when board games were actually made from boards
Pirates are a favorite bit of history for Outer Bankers and tales of old are repeated to young children as well as all the shipwrecks that dot our coast. In the late 1600s and early 1700s pirates used the Outer Banks as a central base of operations, intercepting ships carrying gold, silver, and other trade goods. The Outer Banks' barrier islands was the perfect spot to hide and store plunder. One of the most famous of these so called pirates was Blackbeard (real name Edward Teach) who made Ocracoke his home until his demise.

Come celebrate with us this August at the Outer Banks Pirate Festival. Pirate fun will kick-off on Friday, August 23rd and continue with festivities on Outer Banks until its conclusion on Monday, August 26th. Join Kitty Hawk Kites as well celebrate the great pirate history of the Outer Banks, home of the Mid-Atlantic Graveyard! Learn about the local maritime history, enjoy a little pirate fight, and learn about the pirate code!

Capt and crew of the Sea Gypsy looking over a found map
While celebrating with the pirates don't miss taking the opportunity to go plunder like a real pirate! Pirate Adventures sails out of Manteo several times daily. Sail off on the Sea Gypsy and look for treasure, watch for other pirates and shoot off the water cannons to defend your ship and booty! This Pirate Adventure is available all summer long so there is no reason to miss a chance of a life time to be a pirate!