Kitty Hawk is the first town visitors will encounter on the Outer Banks after crossing the Wright Memorial Bridge from the mainland. Centrally located on the Outer Banks, the town offers a nice sampling of what makes the region so appealing to vacationers. Here, families can try new sports while relishing the coveted seaside atmosphere. Ample opportunities also exist for excellent shopping and dining in Kitty Hawk, making this town a great introduction to vacation bliss on the Carolina coast.
Explore Watersports Central
If you get the chance to try a new watersport, do so! In Kitty Hawk, there are many places that give novices the ability to proverbially “dip their toes in the water.” Those who thrive on speed can rent a jet ski and zoom around exploring inlets and coves. For a more leisurely approach, paddleboards not only offer a pleasurable experience on the water, but a solid workout can be attained by mastering the body’s core strength in order to stay upright. More daring watersports for adventure enthusiasts include parasailing, kiteboarding and wakeboarding. However, surfing is probably the most popular activity in the region. Surfers come from all over the nation to try to catch a wave on the Outer Banks. Local businesses offer classes and one-on-one instruction for those who would like to try surfing the waves.
Find Peace at the Park
Parks let everyone play outdoors in the sunshine while enjoying the beautiful surroundings. Sandy Run Park is a fantastic spot to escape from it all. Walk through the maritime forest on boardwalks that span waterways and estuaries while taking in the natural beauty of the coastal region. Wildlife can be glimpsed along the way, especially the turtles that always seemingly captivate the attention of the park’s patrons. Be careful though, they bite! Gazebos scattered along the path provide nice locations to sit and watch the sunset or listen to the birds and the lapping water. It’s a scenic and well-maintained park that captures the essence of the natural beauty on exhibit in the Outer Banks. Another place for outdoor activity is Kitty Hawk Park, which features a covered picnic shelter, playground, half-mile walking trail, restrooms, and the only dog park in the county.
Play at a Museum for Children
The Children at Play Museum introduces very young kids to various interactive activities. There are different stations set up with games to play, items to construct, and puzzles to solve. Favorites include a boat to play on that is sized perfectly for youngsters and the teddy bear hospital where future doctors and nurses can tend to whatever ails their stuffed friend. This is a great place to visit on a rainy day or when the temperature outdoors is excessively hot.
Catch Air at the Skate Park
Skaters have a local hero in Andy Duck, who has built a number of skateboard parks throughout the United States. His company, Artisan Skateparks, is based in Kitty Hawk and has created 6 parks in the OBX. One of his most recent creations in this region was the Kitty Hawk Skate Park. It is over 5,000 square feet and consists of a bowl, quarter-pipe, fun box, ramps and coping. The Kitty Hawk Skate Park is fun for beginners and challenging for intermediate skaters who like to grind, slide and get air.