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Great Family Fun Ideas!

Fun and entertainment await you and your family on the Outer Banks. This is a place where exciting activities are everywhere… From historic sites with cool exhibits to games and attractions, the North Carolina coast is a great place for families to explore and play. And the best part is the great memories you’ll take home and keep for years to come.

Water Park

Visit H2OBX Waterpark to cool off on awesome water rides. With everything from lazy rivers to advanced tubing slides, a day of joyful activities awaits. Kids of all ages will love sliding down the water slides and splashing into the awaiting pools. Some of the slides, such as the Plank, are designed for speed with steep angles, while others take you for a twisted ride. Or you can just laze on a tube and travel down the winding Teach’s Tides Adventure River.

Race Tracks

Speed around a racetrack in a go-kart, challenging other members of the family to see who can cross the finish line first. At Full Throttle Speedway or Nags Head Raceway, not only will your heart be racing, but the rest of your body will be as well. Take your go-kart around racetracks including the Slick Oval and Figure 8 as fast as you can! So that everyone can have a fun time maneuvering around a course, there are kiddie karts for younger drivers who want to drive by themselves or double karts that accommodate passengers so parents can sit with their children on the track.

Island Farm

Find yourself face to face with nature and history at the Island Farm in Manteo. This working farm preserves the past, depicting life in the region during the 1800s. Visitors can wander around the farm and gardens, feed chickens, take a ride in a cart pulled by an ox, and learn how people lived in coastal North Carolina during the 19th century. Lend a hand in the cornfield or garden, or just relax and immerse yourself in a historic era. Everyone can interact with the costumed interpreters and watch as they perform their trades. The docents in the Visitor’s Center and in the preserved buildings on the property explain how people cared for livestock, worked the land, fished the waters, and even harnessed the wind’s energy on a daily basis.  It’s an educational experience that is also incredibly delightful.

Mini Golf

Mini golf is a very popular activity in the evening after the sun has set and the course is lit up, but it’s really fun any time of the day. Choose a course with a theme that you find appealing and putt through the obstacles trying for that elusive hole-in-one. Some of the local parks have arcade games or even small rides such as bumper cars to play on after a bit of family-friendly competition.


For excitement and an adrenaline rush, play a round of laser tag. Kids and adults will love playing this high-energy game by the glow of black lights. In the Outer Banks, you can play at 3 different laser tag facilities: OBX Laser Tag in Nags Head, Destination Fun in Kill Devil Hills, and Hwy. 12 Amusements near Rodanthe. In addition to laser tag, all of these places have an arcade for more game playing excitement. Many of the arcade games adults remember playing when they were kids are available as well as many newer ones. In Manteo, both adults and kids can play at Jumpmasters Trampoline Park. There’s more than just bouncing at this place… Here, you can run the ninja course, play dodgeball, scale a climbing wall and more. The same facility is also home to OBX Axe Throwing—more for adults, but it’s a great place to play! There’s tons of excitement at each place!

Outdoor Entertainment

Beach communities are famous for great things to do outside, and the Outer Banks offers more than most other areas. The natural dunes at Jockey’s Ridge are fun to climb, and there are many other opportunities for family fun including hiking and flying a kite. The rich history of the region also contributes to the available outdoor entertainment. For instance, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site where the early colonists once lived is an interesting day trip. Fort Raleigh is home to The Lost Colony outdoor drama, which is performed in an open-air theater and is a must-see attraction while in the region. Last year it celebrated 80 years of productions and is the longest-running outdoor drama in the nation. There are also the beautiful Elizabethan Gardens, extensive natural parks, and of course, the area beaches.

Sun, Sand, Surf

Play like a kid again and go splashing and swimming in the ocean—after all, isn’t that why the family chose to vacation in the OBX? The Atlantic Ocean and the other side of the barrier islands, the sounds, are arguably the greatest tourist attractions to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. People are compelled to come to the sea. The beautiful waterscapes are home to a host of activities that can ensure everyone in the family has a memorable and exciting time on the water. To heighten the fun, bring a wave board, boogie board, or just use your body to ride the surf into the shore. Afterwards, relax from the excitement and dry off on the clean, spacious beaches under the warm Carolina sun.

Spending time together only strengthens family bonds by creating memories. The Outer Banks has many opportunities to interact with those you love. Make sure to take advantage of as many as possible!
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