Outer Banks & Vacation Lists
Tips for Climbing Bodie Island Lighthouse
After a four-year long renovation, the public is finally able to climb the spiral staircase to the top of the Bodie Island Lighthouse for the first time. Until recently, only lighthouse keepers, family members and a few others have been allowed to climb the 214 steps, or 156 feet, to the top.
When it was completed in 1872, the Bodie Island Lighthouse sent its warning to sailors along a stretch of the Outer Banks that had been dark since an earlier lighthouse was destroyed during the Civil War. Its light was magnified by a Fresnel lens, made of 344 glass prisms that were removed during the restoration and cleaned, and now have been reassembled atop the 170-foot tower.
Seaside Vacations recently climbed to the top of the Bodie Island Lighthouse and is sharing its top tips for climbing this majestic Outer Banks landmark.
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Vacation Lists Tips for Climbing Bodie Island Lighthouse
After a four-year long renovation, the public is finally able to climb the spiral staircase to the top of the Bodie Island Lighthouse for the first time. Seaside Vacations recently climbed to the top of the Bodie Island Lighthouse and shares its top tips for climbing this majestic Outer Banks landmark.. Read more...
Top Spooky Places on the Outer Banks
For eerie tales of haunted places, the south is always full of
stories that will make your spine tingle and your hair stand on end. On
the Outer Banks, those looking for spooky spots to visit have several
to choose from. Read more...
Best Family Travel Apps...
Top Spooky Places on the Outer Banks
For eerie tales of haunted places, the south is always full of stories that will make your spine tingle and your hair stand on end. On the Outer Banks, those looking for spooky spots to visit have several to choose from.
The Outer Banks have long been suspected to be haunted and with such a turbulent past with pirates to hurricanes, how could it not be? In fact, many ghost hunters and paranormal experts claim that the Outer Banks is one of the most haunted places in the United States.
The residents of North Carolina range from descendants of the very first English settlers and Native Americans to mountain folk whose families lived in the same mountain valleys for centuries. Legend and folklore across the coast resonate with tales of the supernatural.
While there are countless options for spooky spots in North Carolina, there are a few places right here on the Outer Banks that are worth visiting. So, come see for yourself if these haunting tales are true...
Best Family Travel Apps
Taking the kids out of their routines and onto planes, trains, and automobiles can be enough to make you scream "staycation!" However, with all the wonders of recent technology, you can turn that staycation into a wonderful vacation that you'll cherish for years. How? While on your family vacation, treat your smartphone like a magician's hat by using a variety of handy apps – to reveal the night sky, translate languages, look at maps that show your location anywhere in the world, and more.
So, if you’re planning on going away with the kids—by car or by air— make sure you’ve stocked your iPhone or iPad with these super handy apps for a stress-free trip.
This might just be the quintessential map for those traveling to the Outer Banks. Sunday Drives turns your otherwise long and boring car ride into a part of your vacation by pointing out scenic routes, historical landmarks, fun restaurants and hidden...
10 Memorable Olympic Moments
What makes for a memorable Olympic moment? Is it the years of hard work and sacrifice that culminate in a gold medal? Is it competing because you love your sport, even though it's unlikely you'll ever win? Is it suffering an injury but finishing the race? Is it overcoming a stereotype and proving something to the world? All these factors and more play a part in the great moments of Olympic history.
As we await the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, let's look back at some memorable Olympic moments. Some names you'll know, some will jog your memory, and some may even surprise you.
And don't forget...the Outer Banks is a great place to watch the Games (plenty of homes with luxury amenties like big screen HDTVs), participate in your own family / vacation Olympics (synchronized swimming anyone?), try your hand at beach volleyball (look at you, Misty May-Treanor!)...well, you get the picture.
Until then - and to get you in the spirit of the Games...
Best Movies About Fatherhood
A child’s relationship with their father is one of the most important relationships in life. It’s no wonder, then, that a relationship full of hope and yearning, drama and resentment, joy and regret has often translated into cinematic gold.
Men don’t typically cry at movies, but when they do, nine times out of ten the scene involves a father and his kids. Father-themed flicks are guaranteed to make us laugh, get misty-eyed, and feel a little introspective about our own dads..
Father’s Day is coming up, so we thought it would be appropriate to highlight some of the very best movies about fatherhood that the world of cinema has to offer. Whether it’s traveling to Wally World, playing catch with a ghost, or singing
during a school concert, there are all kinds of dads represented on the silver
Read on for our best movies about fatherhood.
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
When eccentric single-dad Caractacus Potts invents a revolutionary...
10 Summer Safety Tips for Kids
Having fun in the sun can pose serious health risks for kids -- especially if you haven't taken the necessary precautions. The National Safe Kids Campaign estimates that every year, one in four kids ages 14 and younger will sustain an injury that requires medical attention. Forty percent of all injury-related emergency room visits and 42 percent of all injury deaths happen between May and August, but it's not all bad news.
We can keep kids free from about 90 percent of these accidents by educating ourselves and our kids on how to stay safe while still enjoying summer vacation.
Here's what you need to know to be prepared to handle some of the most common summer health hazards.
It takes as little as 15 minutes for the sun's UV rays to burn unprotected skin, and once they do, there's no way to reverse the effects, according to the National Institutes of Health. According to the Skin Cancer...
Top Spots For Mom on the Outer Banks
Spring always bring warm weather, sunshine and rows of pretty flowers popping up everywhere. And when you think of something warm and sunny, who is the first person that comes to mind? That's right...mom!
So, to show your appreciation for the amazing mom in your life, why not hit the road and take an Outer Banks vacation? The weather is nice and it’s a great time of year to get away from it all and reconnect with your family – creating memories for years to come.
With that in mind, and in honor of moms everywhere, here is our list of the Top 10 Mom Spots on the Outer Banks:
1. Exploring nature in the beautiful Elizabeth Gardens.
This 16th century pleasure garden was created by The Garden Club of North Carolina as a living memorial to the lost colonists (as told in The Lost Colony Outdoor Drama). Moms will enjoy all the beautiful features of The Elizabeth Gardens including the thatched gazebo...
Top Ten Spots For Dad on the Outer Banks
Summertime is always a fun time for dads (and the rest of the family) to get outdoors. The weather is nice and it’s a great time of year to hit the road for that long-awaited Outer Banks vacation. Most importantly, though, it is a great time of year to get away from it all and reconnect with your family – creating memories for years to come.
With that in mind, and in honor of dads everywhere, here is our list of the Top 10 Dad Spots on the Outer Banks:
1. The beautiful beaches of the Outer Banks.
For the dad that likes to relax. Which, after all, is any dad, right?
2. Reeling in the “big” one.
From the ocean to the sound, fishing piers to offshore charters, dads will find an unparalleled array of catch when it comes to Outer Banks fishing. The Outer Banks is often called “The Billfish Capital of...
Why Outer Banks Vacation Rentals Surpass Hotels
Imagine...spectacular sunrises over the Atlantic. Radiant golden sunsets over the sound. Pristine windswept beaches and rolling dunes covered in swaying sea oats. A place of unparalleled beauty and also near-infinite activities. Now, imagine...renting an entire house for your beach vacation.
Situated on a 100-mile stretch of barrier islands off the North Carolina coast, the Outer Banks have become a well-known destination for family vacations and reunions, business retreats, weddings, romantic weekend getaways, golf trips and girls' getaways.
Total relaxation and pleasure on your own terms. An experience catered expressly to your style and your needs, with memories to last a lifetime. When you choose an Outer Banks vacation rental from Seaside Vacations, you’ll enjoy space, privacy, multiple rooms, fully appointed kitchens and baths, and other thoughtful details of home.
Here are the top 10 reasons how Outer Banks vacation rentals...
Why the Outer Banks Provides a Budget-Friendly Vacation
Do you want to plan a family vacation but you’re worried you can’t afford it? You are certainly not alone. We all know the economy is tough right now – making family vacations one of the “extras” that gets cut first. However, getting away from the stress of everyday life and spending time together as a family is important…and it doesn’t have to cost much. As you will discovert, an inexpensive family vacation does exist. And it exists on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
Here are the top 10 Reasons the Outer Banks Provides a Budget-Friendly Vacation:
1. Deals, Deals and More Deals
Yes, you can still afford a vacation. With exclusive guest promotions, you can experience the beautiful Outer Banks of North Carolina at a fraction of the price! From free nights to other various Outer Banks specials and promotions, Seaside Vacations can help you keep your family vacation...
Top 10 Reasons to Have a Destination Wedding on the Outer Banks
1. Budget Friendly
As destination weddings go, a wedding on the Outer Banks is extremely budget friendly. Plus, the Outer Banks is within reasonable driving distance from most major cities in the eastern United States.
2. Unmatched Settings
From weddings alongside the breaking waves of the Atlantic to those nestled among the flowers at the Elizabethan Gardens, the options for fabulous settings are limitless.
3. Accommodations for Every Event
From the rehearsal dinner to the ceremony and reception to the honeymoon, we're able to accommodate each and every wedding event.
4. Hotel, Shmotel
No need to block a set of hotel rooms. Your guests can...
Top OBX Dog Spots
No bones about it...the Outer Banks is a dog's paradise!
From the beach to Jockey's Ridge to the Club Seaside Pet Luau every member of the family is welcome on the beautiful Outer Banks of North Carolina. And, Seaside Vacations offers many dog-friendly Outer Banks rentals allowing your dogs to vacation with you!
So, pack up the car, grab the leash, check our pet policy, and come on. We'll see you - and your canine companion - at the beach!
Here is our list of Top Dog Spots on the Outer Banks - fun and unique places to take your 4-legged pal on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
1. The beautiful beaches of the Outer Banks.
The wide, soft-sand beaches of the Outer Banks provide the perfect playground for your 4-legged pal to romp around. Just remember, the rules on leashes vary widely by town, so make sure that you follow all Outer Banks leash laws.
Movies Filmed in North Carolina and Outer Banks
Did you know that over 2,000 films have been filmed (full or partially) in North Carolina?
From Wilmington (also known as "Hollywood East") to Lenoir to the Outer Banks, the beautiful pristine beaches and majestic mountains have been the settings for some noteworthy movies throughout the years. From the east to the west, you'll find that the diverse landscape in North Carolina can sub in for just about any part of the world in any time period.
Movies filmed in North Carolina:
The Hunger Games
Last of the Mohicans
Days of Thunder
The Green Mile
The Color Purple
Things You (Probably) Don't Know About the OBX
Known for its natural pristine beaches, adventurous spirit and rich history, the Outer Banks of North Carolina has become a well-known family vacation destination. However, we've discovered a few hidden secrets that the Outer Banks holds.
Here is just a small sampling of the what makes the Outer Banks so interesting for visitors of all ages.
1. A "Tucked Away" Outer Banks Park
If you’ve been to the Outer Banks, you’ve probably seen (or heard of) most of theparks and recreational areas. Currituck Heritage Park, Duck Town Park,Roanoke Island Festival Park and the list goes on. But there’s a little known park on the Outer Banks you’ve probably never seen. It’s in the 4-wheel drive area past Corolla, close to the Virginia line.
Best parts of the Outer Banks four wheel drive park:
Real bathrooms (not port-a-potties)
Grassy area for kids...