Our trip to the Outerbanks was wonderful! The Outerbanks is a chain of islands on the coast of North Carolina.
We stayed at the Hampton Inn in Corolla. This was the most northern town where there are very few commercial areas along the beach, mostly a secluded area with enormous beach houses. If you go a little further north, you need a four wheel drive to access the beach and homes. That is where the wild mustangs roam.
It was a really great place for a family vacation! This trip was for our kids, I hope they will remember this when they are grown.
Sunrise views from our balcony were beautiful!
Here are just some of the things the kids did:
• Hung out with their cousins from Boston- Uncle Sal’s kids.
• Played on the beach
• Dolphin Watched
Most evenings there would be about 10-20 dolphins swim by our beach. Some had babies, we really enjoyed watching them!
• Chased Crabs… and cried about scary crabs:-)
• Climbed to the top of historic Currituck Beach Lighthouse
Those are our boys and men on top!
(I stayed with the baby, so you won’t see photos. I can’t believe nobody had a camera!)
Apparently they did this for several hours through canals near the lighthouse area. Nobody cried, so that was good! I went shopping with baby sister. We ate outside and fed some very large turtles in a pond.
• Fished off of a VERY long pier
This isn’t the same pier, but I’m sure it was similar to this. I didn’t go fishing as it made me dizzy to stand out there very long. Yikes! We were in Kitty Hawk here. The houses are not as big, but much more charming.
• Swam at the nice hotel pools. There was even a lazy river pool.
• Boogie Boarded
The hurricane in the Atlantic brought in some big waves. All the boys had to do on this day was hold on tight.
• Played Putt Putt Golf
• Posed for Family Photos
One thing they didn’t enjoy. ha! Our planned ahead beach photos got rained out 5 minutes before the photographer showed up! Oh well, the ones around the hotel turned out cute. I was just happy to get the entire family in a photo. It stopped raining right as the photographer was leaving so we did get a few in front of the hotel.
• Collected Sea Shells
• Enjoyed evenings on the beach with the family
The parents enjoyed this time just as much as the kids!
• Flew Kites
You can see my two kids on the left, one is holding the kite.
• Played sports on the beach
I highly recommend the Outerbanks. We really did it all! I need a vacation to recover from all the running around we did. I wish we had time to take a trip to see the wild horses. Maybe next time.
We were very blessed to get to do all that we did, especially since the forecast was rain everyday. Hope you enjoyed the photos!
Originally published on July 17, 2008. Last Updated on May 15, 2021 by Amy Locurto