Our Trip to the OBX
I’m finally sharing some pictures and favorite spots from our trip to the OBX (Outerbanks) in North Carolina! Pat was on vacation for two weeks, so even after we got back from the OBX we were still out and about going places, eating too much, and enjoying lots of family time.
This was our second time (my third) going to the OBX which says a lot in itself because we very rarely visit any place twice unless we are visiting family. I don’t think it will be our last trip either. The OBX has so many great spots for families, and it’s been a long time hope to get my entire family down there to rent a big house on the beach…talk about beach dreams!
My first trip to the OBX was with a close friend and her family who still go nearly every year. I always remember how that trip felt like the epitome of summer and I knew I would go back when I had a family of my own, and now I do! The second time was two years ago with Pat, my sister, and her boyfriend at the time. That was a good time! My sisters keep me so young, ha. This time we went with two of our close friends and their little girl, which was so nice for Nora to have someone to play with. I think it made the evenings a lot more fun for both of them.
I’m not sure we will go to the OBX every year, especially when the baby (possibly babies sometime soon;)) is so small because a lot of the fun stuff is geared toward older kids. Not to mention, vacationing with babies isn’t exactly a vacation if you catch my drift. I can’t get her “schedule”(aka just getting her to take a nap at least once) together at home, let alone in a strange place! I will say tho, the beach tired her out nearly every day and she went right to sleep for her naps.
We definitely made use of every day seeing as we were only there four full days. Even on the day we arrived after driving all night, we chugged back some coffee and went exploring. At this point, I think that’s just an automatic thing we do. We tend to go on long weekend trips where getting out there every day is the only option if you want to see some stuff.
On that first day we explored the seaside town of Manteo. This was the perfect first stop because it allowed us to grab something to eat, and gave Nora a chance to run around since there’s a little playground right by the water. The town was super laid back which is about all we could handle for that first day. After checking out the lighthouse and grabbing our first Ice Cream of many we headed over to our house in Kill Devil Hills.
We stayed in Kill Devil Hills last time we went and thought it was a great location because it’s so central. There are grocery, and convenience stores close by, and it’s not a terrible distance from the other little towns where the tourist shops are. The house was walking distance to the beach, but if you ask me you can always get closer. Next time, I want to be ON the beach, like walk out and I’m there. The OBX is a place you go to for the beach, everything else is icing on the cake.
A little tip, probably the only tip I have for beaching it at the ocean with little ones is bring a baby pool. Not a huge one, just a small little splash pool that will keep them wet and occupied so you’re not chasing them all over the beach paranoid. Trust me, it was the best thing we brought. Nora basically used it as a water table you could sit in. I can’t speak for any age over 3 but I know the two little ladies on this trip enjoyed the splash pool.
We have so many more places to explore there in the OBX especially when we have bigger children who can enjoy some other activities like mini golf, and adventure parks because there is a bunch of that! However, we did find a few favorite spots in our two visits there.
Kill Devil Hills Frozen Custard & Beach Fries | This place is good for the casual food and amazing custard BUT really amazing because the seating is outside and there are tables where you can get FAR away from other people when you have kids who don’t want to sit still. Honestly, any place that makes eating out with kids a bit easier is the place for me. This place was perfect!
Duck Donuts | I doubt this place is news to any one who has been to the OBX and apparently there are more of them scattered about the east coast but I’ve only had them here and they are simply amazing. They make the donuts right there in front of you and you pick what glazes and toppings you want. Their Maple Bacon is perfection so don’t miss it! Donuts are life.
Duck Waterfront Shops | The town of Duck, in general, is great, it’s a bit fancier than Kill Devil Hills and it has a TON of shops. But this water-front area was my favorite shopping spot to peruse. Note that it gets extremely hot in the afternoon so I would suggest to go in the evening or earlier in the day. so. hot.
Jockey’s Ridge State Park | You cannot miss this park. It is so so cool. Basically, it’s dunes where people hang glide, fly kites, and watch the sunset. Jockey’s Ridge is a bit of walking in sand and up hills so be prepared for that but it is so worth it. Nora didn’t want to leave she had a sit in right there in the dunes, wouldn’t move. Girl is lucky she’s so cute! I can’t wait to go back and actually fly a kite which we didn’t do this time around cause…babies.
Needles to say these spots are merely a blip in all the OBX has to offer. If you have any suggestions please do tell because we will be going back and I can’t wait! This trip to the OBX is another one of those things that can be carried on for years and years. Something our kids do with their kids and so on and so on. So until next time I’ll have to settle for Long Island beaches…yes I’m spoiled-I already know 😉