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Old 06-20-2014, 08:25 AM   #1
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Have a trip planned for the outer banks, we will be staying at ocean waves campground, Looking for advice on things not to miss while we are there. All info greatly appreciated.
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We'll be at the Kitty Hawk RV park from 7/19-7/22 for a local family reunion. Will be interested in seeing the replies too.
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Old 06-21-2014, 05:39 AM   #3
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For us, our time in the OBX is a time to relax and do as little as possible. As a result, we don't go out of our way to see everything there is to see. Having said that, I can recommend the Wright Bros memorial/museum in Kill Devil Hills, and the Hatteras lighthouse. Otherwise, it's beach, fishing, and any of many seafood restaurants for us.
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OBX has a few non beach things but not much. Most are historical such as the light house, Wright Brothers Memorial or Roanoke Island. If you are taking a second vehicle you could head north to Bush Gardens and the other attractions in Williamsburg Va. or South to Camp Lejeune to see how Marines live and train today. North Carolina east of I95 is a pretty sleepy place.

If your dates are later in the year (August-September) weather can be a concern as hurricane season kits in so plan accordingly. Getting off the island can take time with traffic so fill up the fuel tank(s) before you set up arrive at the camp grounds. Late afternoon rains and heavy T-Storms can also occur so watch your awning.
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Some added ideas:
North Carolina Aquariums ยป North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island
Roanoke Island Festival Park: Official Web site
The Official Travel & Tourism Site for Ocracoke, North Carolina


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Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge has lots of black bears with cubs right now and they are very easy to see from the Wildlife Drive in the early morning and late afternoon. The Visitor Center is in Manteo across the street from Fort Raleigh/Elizabethan Gardens. I'm volunteering there until 4pm today.
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Used to go there twice a month all summer when I lived out there. Love that place. After you see the Light House go into town to the Orange Blossom Bakery and try their Apple Uglys. Really good.

Also take the free ferry to Okrakoke Island. That was Blackbeards home and where he was hung. If you have 4WD you can drive the beach.

The town of Hatteras used to be a quaint little fishing town. Haven't been there in years now so don't know how it is now.

Kitty Hawk is nice, but the further you go south the less development there is. There is beach access all along the way.

Explore! If you have 4WD all the better.
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You are within driving distance of 4 of the 7 lighthouses on NC's coast...Currituck, Boddie (pronounced "body"), Hatteras, and a short ferry ride to Okracoke Island for the Okracoke lighthouse. I'm a native North Carolinean....in my opinion, the prettiest is Cape Lookout Lighthouse to the south of Okracoke....but you're not going to be there.

Since that's the case, the 2nd prettiest, IMHO, is Currituck to the north...it's extremely well maintained, probably because it is cared for by a private organization, and not the government. The lighthouses can be seen in one day, but I'd recommend 2.

If you fish, there's plenty of it to do. Go to Kitty Hawk....see where the Wright Brothers flew their plane. There's also wind sailing, kyacking, etc. to do. If you ferry over to Okracoke, be absolutely sure you eat at Howard's Pub. I read where someone posted that Blackbeard's house was there....true enough...but he had houses all up and down the coast. It's entirely false that he was hanged there, although some of his crew may habe been. Blackbeard wasn't hanged...he was killed in a fight with the British, and beheaded. His head was hung from the bowsprit of a British ship. As rumors go, his headless body swam around the British ship 3 times before it sank. There's a shopping plaza
there called "Teach's Lair"...Blackbeard's real name was Edward Teach.

If you want to venture down to the Cape Lookout/Beaufort/Morehead City area, we lay claim to having Blackbeard's ship, The Queen Anne's Revenge, just off our coast, sunk in about 20 feet of water, currently being worked by archeologists. That trip requires a 2 hour ferry ride from Okracoke to Cedar Island.

You are also very near to Manteo/Roanoke Island...a place rich in history...home to the longest running outdoor drama, The Lost Colony, and also the last home of NC's favorite son, Andy Griffith AKA "Sheriff Andy Taylor, of Mayberry". I highly recommend seeing the Lost Colony....tells the story of an English colony settled by Sir Walter Raleigh (long before the Mayflower) . Sir Walter Raleigh went back to England leaving the colony. He returned 2 years later to find it abandoned and the colonist gone. Intersting story.

There's plenty to do on the Outer Banks...or, you can just relax and bask in the sun on some of the best beaches in the world.

Hope this helps.
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I stand corrected on Blackbeard, but I agree with everything he said. Great place. Enjoy.

Hey, the ferry ride just to Okracoke is great. It was free when I lived there. Is it still?
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The food, the lighthouses and maritime museums, oh yea, and Kitty Hawk, great! Look at Yelp for recommendations on restaurants.
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In addition to the other things already listed:
Rent a Jeep and take a drive on the beach, check out the wild horses.

If you are physicaly active take some windsurfing lessons if you don't already do that.
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Highly recommend taking the ferry over to Ocracoke. The village is really neat. Also while on Ocracoke if in the mood for dinner I suggest Howard's Pub! They had me in mind when they built that place! You won't be disappointed!
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I am also a native N.C., going back in a few,, Ponzer to be exact ..That's in Hyde county. The largest county in N.C.. 20 minutes west of 264. swan Quarter N.C. Riverside campground .. Ponzer just before you get to Belhaven N.C.,, the 4th in Belhaven .. That's watermelon Fireworks , Truck pulls .. Pork cooking, ,Chillaxing, Love North Carolina..
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