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Why Visit the Outer Banks for Spring Break?

Even though we're all just getting back to work after our well-earned holiday breaks and vacations, it's never too early to start thinking about that next stretch of time when we'll be ready to get away: Spring Break! After the next few months of toiling over work and pushing through the daily grind it's going to be time to get those toes in the sand and break away from the stress of daily life. When looking for the perfect spot to spend that week when schools are closed and you've got a little extra vacation time to spend, there are some non-negotiables. Spring Break locales have to be warm, affordable, and most of all, fun.

The Outer Banks is the perfect place to visit during spring break for a number of reasons, but above all else, it checks all the boxes of what you’d want out of a beach vacation. From the gorgeous weather to the amazing attractions, the Outer Banks has a lot to offer locals and tourists alike during their much needed vacation. Come prepared to enjoy lots of sunshine, delicious food, friendly faces, and a spectacular start to the summer season in one of the most beautiful places in the world. Keep reading for some tips and tricks, as well as the top reasons why you should spend your Spring Break on the Outer Banks! We're booking now for Spring Break vacations, so book today and don't let the perfect vacation rental home get away.

1. OBX Spring Break Weather

During March and April, the average daily temperature is 65 degrees while the average temperature at nighttime is 50 degrees. So, during the day, you can enjoy the same attractions that are available in the summer without having to worry about the heat. Though if you're hoping to spend time at the beach and maybe even in the water, we sometimes still can get those relatively warm days with a high of 80 degrees in March and April. This makes it the perfect time to come exploring, maybe trying out kitesurfing, kiteboarding, or skim boarding while the beaches are a little less crowded. It's a great time of year to try beachcombing, ghost crabbing, and stargazing while the weather is comfortable but ensures that those cold winter days are a thing of the past! The weather is also great for checking out some of our awesome shopping destinations to find the perfect souvenir to bring back home. And don't forget putt putt on a warm, sunny day. No trip to the beach is complete without it.

2. Family-Friendly Environment

Unlike some of the more well-known Spring Break destinations like Miami or Myrtle Beach, the Outer Banks is known for its family-friendly environment, making it a wonderful place to take the kids year round. Since they'll be out of school anyway, Spring Break is a fantastic time to get out of the house and enjoy some time reconnecting and exploring this gorgeous barrier island paradise together. Many of our homes have dedicated spaces for remote working, so there's no good excuse not to come visit during Spring Break this year! And if your family homeschools or practices any type of blended learning, the Outer Banks is a great place to bring your homeschoolers where they can enjoy hands-on learning in a new environment. In 2011, Seaside Vacations was awarded the official "Seal of Approval" for homeschooling families from, so you'll know that you and your entire family is in good hands when you choose to spend your Spring Break with us! Check out our Top 7 Reasons to Homeschool from an Outer Banks Vacation Rental and our Homeschool Outer Banks Trip Planner for even more ideas.

3. Fun Seasonal Events

Even though the Outer Banks is typically known as a summer destination, there are endless exciting events to enjoy during the Spring that keep people coming back year after year. In March, head to the Outer Banks Brewing Station for the St. Patrick's Day Weekend Beer Mile and be sure to stop the following weekend by for the famous Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Nags Head, featuring lots of local businesses, charities, clubs, and groups as we celebrate the fun of spring. The last weekend in March is a great time to be on the Outer Banks so that you can enjoy the OBX Taste of the Beach where you'll have the chance to sample some of the best seafood on the Outer Banks up and down the beach!

April means the Fly Into Spring Kite Festival at Jockey's Ridge State Park and the Easter Eggstravangza at Kitty Hawk Kites!  Usher in an unforgettable start to the spring and summer seasons by celebrating the warmer temperatures and the changing seasons at the beach! If athletics are more your style, register for the 11th Annual OBX Duathlon or the Ocracoke Island Scallywag 5K/10K & Blackbeard's Half Marathon and push yourself to the limit. On April 13th, be sure to make your way to Manteo for the 6th Annual Lost Colony Wine & Culinary Festival where you can enjoy a grand tasting of some of the most delicious drinks in the area on the grounds of the Lost Colony! This is also a great time to check out some of the most delicious pastries you'll find on the beach or complete the ultimate Outer Banks bucket list! You'll never run out of fun and exciting things to do during Spring Break on the Outer Banks!

4. Explore the History without the Crowds

There are a lot of amazing things to do on the Outer Banks and the spring is honestly one of the best times to visit and explore. With much less foot traffic than you'll find in the summer, visiting during the spring promises less lines and traffic while you get to enjoy the best of the Outer Banks as things start opening back up again after the off season. Visit the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island and enjoy learning about the local flora and fauna that make the Outer Banks special. Take advantage of the temperate weather with a tour of the Wright Brothers National Memorial and be sure to drive down to the Roanoke Island Festival Park and the Graveyard of the Altantic Museum for a little bit of extra fun as you learn more about this unique region that has been growing and evolving since the very first English landing. This is also a wonderful time to stray from the beaten path and check out some of the more unique things to do on the Outer Banks. Check out the Wright Brothers Garage Monument and visit the British Cemeteries located on Ocracoke and Hatteras Island.These out of the way adventures promise a rewarding experience that you won't be able to find anywhere else.

5. Fishing and Crabbing Season Takes Off

If you can't get enough of fishing off the Outer Banks with Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks, this Spring is an amazing time to try your own hand at fishing or crabbing at the Outer Banks! As the water starts getting warmer, large fish and crabs start making their way back to the waters offf the coast. April is a great time to start looking at offshore fishing opportunities where you'll be able to carach Yellowfin Tuna, Gaffer Dolphin, Red Drum, Bluefish, and Trout. If you and your family are planning an earlier Spring Break, February and March are the perfect time to catch some Bluefin Tuna. This is a great time of year to consider booking and offshore fishing charter, as well! So take a look at our unbelievable Club Seaside offerings for Tours & Fishing Charters and see where the water takes you! 

If staying shore-side is more your style, grab your gear and head to one of the Piers up and down the Outer Banks for a fun experience catching fish from the comfort of a cozy pier with food, drinks, and restrooms. The Spring also means that it's time to catch and eat some delicious crabs from the sound or the ocean. Be sure to check out our guide to Crabbing on the Outer Banks for some tips and ideas of how you can catch your own fresh, local seafood for a Spring Break you'll never forget.

Book Your Outer Banks Spring Break Rental Today

When you come to OBX for spring break, you’ll need to find the perfect place to relax and lay your head down at night. There are plenty of great short-term or temporary rentals available for great rates, along with seasonal specials that will make your stay that much more sweet. It's not to early to start looking for the perfect place to spend your spring break with your family group. 

Get started early by calling one of our live, in-house Outer Banks Vacation Rental Specialists at (866) 884-0267 or check out our available rentals to book your next Outer Banks vacation today! Let us help you get ready for an unforgettable spring break vacation and spend these next few moths looking forward to an amazing Outer Banks vacation that’s sure to help you stress less, move more, and enjoy the best of what the Outer Banks has to offer. 

Don’t let the chance to stay in your dream vacation home get away. 

Book today. 

We’ll see you at the beach!

About the Author: Lauren is an Outer Banks local, mom, trained historian, and travel enthusiast. When she isn’t writing for the Seaside Vacations Travel Blog, Lauren can usually be found with her nose in a book or cuddling with her cats.