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Here Are the Best Activities in the Outer Banks for Kids

09/25/2020 | by Joseph Mitchell | Outer Banks Attractions and Activities

Why is the North Carolina coast one of the best places to bring the entire family on vacation? Well, you don’t have to go far to find an incredible selection of things to do in the Outer Banks with kids. Plus, most of these attractions offer fun for adults as well! Keep reading to check out some of our favorites.  

If you want to discover more of the top things to do and places to see during your trip to the North Carolina coast, be sure to download a copy of our complimentary Vacation Guide! 

The Best Things to Do in the Outer Banks With Kids 

Outer Banks Aquarium 

The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island is one of the best things to do with kids in the Outer Banks. Discover and learn about the native marine life of the North Carolina coast and prepare to see a mix of stunning aquatic life ranging from sharks to sea turtles. They also offer a variety of tours, activities, and unique experiences for guests! 

Island Farm 

The Island Farm in Manteo is a fun, interactive, and historical area in the center of Roanoke Island where families can experience coastal life in the mid-1800s. You can explore the 125 acres of the Island Farm in Manteo on a tour during your next trip to the island! 

Roanoke Island Festival Park 

Adults and kids will love exploring the beautiful Roanoke Island Festival Park. You’ll find several attractions, including a representational ship from the 1585 English voyage to the island, a constructed American Indian town, and an English settlement site! There’s also a large outdoor space for concerts and events. 

Hit the Beach 

One of the best things to do with kids in the Outer Banks is spending days on the beach. Between playing in the ocean, building sandcastles, and running around on the sand, your little ones will have plenty of opportunities to tire themselves out! 

Elizabethan Gardens 

The Elizabethan Gardens are home to 10 well-manicured acres that you and your family can enjoy together. You’ll find plenty of plants, flowers, and sculptures that provide serene beauty in this fantastic Roanoke Island attraction. 

Dolphin Tours 

Families will love exploring Roanoke Sound on one of the dolphin tours in the area. Roanoke Island and Nags Head are both home to local companies that specialize in these fun family activities. It’s a great way to see some wildlife on the water! 


If you love to mix in thrills with family time, then you need to head over to H2OBX. This new water park has something for everyone, with tons of attractions and things to do for both kids and adults in the Outer Banks.  

Book Your Pirate’s Cove Rental

Pirate’s Cove is the ideal home base for those wanting to explore the Outer Banks on the water. Our properties feature a number of locations on beautiful Roanoke Island, where you are steps away from the waterfront. Whether you want to launch your kiteboard from downtown Manteo or enjoy a relaxing retreat in our private gated community, you’ll find the perfect rental for your vacation.  

Start planning your trip today by booking one of our condos or homes! We look forward to welcoming you to our coastal paradise.