Father’s Day on the Outer Banks
by Jessie S.
This year, Father’s Day falls on Sunday, June 16th… coincidentally, that’s the perfect time of year and the ideal weather for a trip to the Outer Banks. Although fathers everywhere will be treated to a special day this year, we think fathers deserve a whole week of fun. Luckily, when you book an Outer Banks Vacation for Dad, celebrating Father’s Day is easy, exciting, and most importantly, unique. Here are a week’s worth of activities tailored for celebrating Father’s Day on the Outer Banks (and a couple Seaside Vacations discounts to get you started):
Day 1 – Take Dad Cruising!
Rev up the engines… of your dune buggy that is! It’s your first day at the beach and it’s time to do a little exploring. There’s something exhilarating about driving down the beach road with the top down and thanks to Buggin’ Out OBX, you can take Dad cruising through the town in a classic dune buggy. If you want the experience of off-roading, you can even take the dune buggy on the sand at Carova Beach! Buggin’ Out OBX offers 2, 4, and 5-seater buggies that can be rented out by the day or for a couple hours. If he prefers, vintage cars and 4x4 Jeeps are also available to rent. Seaside Vacations’ guests can get a special discount on daily and hourly rentals.
Why He’ll Love It: The mix of nostalgia that comes with driving classic cars and delight of cruising with the wind in his hair.
Day 2 – Take Dad on a Wildlife Expedition.
The Outer Banks is filled with a huge assortment of wildlife and getting out in nature can be both therapeutic and fun. The hardest part of this day is deciding which wildlife destination to visit – of course you can always hit up more than one! Whether you decide to just take a drive, do some hiking or even a relaxing kayak tour, each of these locations let’s you explore unique natural habitats.
- On 64-West, across the Alligator River Bridge through East Lake is home to the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. A surprise to many visitors, American Alligators do in fact live in the interweaving canals due to the warm marshy conditions but the refuge is also home to a variety of coastal birds and Black Bear. You might even catch a glimpse of an elusive Red Wolf, a species that has been designated as endangered since 1967.
- Through unique wetlands beneath towering trees, the Nags Head Woods Preserve is a unique natural habitat for wildlife that wouldn’t normally live at the beach. From amphibians and reptiles to various fish and bird species, and even a selection of mammals like as fox and deer, the wildlife that lives here is very diverse. There are also 50 species of butterfly and over 500 plant species.
- South of the Bonner Bridge on Hatteras Island, Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge is known as a “Birder’s Paradise” and you can spot a mixture of Pelican, Osprey, Heron, Egret, Duck and Plover breeds, just to name a few.
Why He’ll Love It: The thrill of never knowing what you might see!
Day 3 – Take Dad Out on the Green.
Golf is a popular pastime but usually isn’t the first activity people think about when they picture a beach vacation. The warm temperatures, cool winds and gorgeous geography actually make the Outer Banks a fantastic place to play. Competitive and relaxing at the same time, Dad will love spending the day out on the green at one of these courses:
- Kilmarlic Golf Club – This tournament-ready golf course in Powell’s Point has been the host of the North Carolina Open in 2004 and 2009. Sitting among over 600 acres of maritime forest and wetlands, designer Tom Steele worked with the natural geography to create this award-winning course. Guests of Seaside Vacations get a discounted rate when playing the first 4 holes (known as “The Loop”), and can use the discount any day of the week. If Dad’s game is a little rusty, enroll him in a Golf Clinic where he can spend an hour with a professional instructor to work on his swing.
- The Pointe Golf Club – Opened in Powell’s Point, NC, this 18-hole course features A-1 bent grass greens and a premier practice facility. Open to the public, The Pointe Golf Club has been rated “Best Golf Course” in the OBX Voice Best of the Beach competition for three years.
- The Currituck Club – This 18-hole private golf course is located in Corolla. Designed in 1996, this course features a full-service grille, golfer’s bistro, locker rooms and is open to the public. Surrounded by the Currituck Sound, the views are also fantastic.
- Sea Scape Golf Links – Designed by former Master’s Champion Art Wall, this 18-hole course is located near the ocean in Kitty Hawk. The course features various elevation changes, ocean views, and is open year-round to the public.
- Nags Head Golf Links – Located in Nags Head, this 18-hole course was designed in 1986 with Bermuda fairway grass and Bent L93 greens grass. With a convenient practice green and Cayman driving range, rates vary depending on the season.
Why He’ll Love It: The opportunity to show off his skills and teach you some tricks.
Day 4 – Take Dad Out on the Open Water.
Fishing is one of those activities that is highly marketed to Dad’s out there but for good reason – fishing is awesome! When you visit the Outer Banks, you get the opportunity to experience saltwater fishing from a variety of platforms but to make Dad really feel special, book him a full or half-day charter to get him out there on the open water! When you book through Rock Solid Fishing, you can sail out of Oregon Inlet or the Wanchese Marina to experience an inshore fishing excursion in the ocean or in the sound. Plus, guests of Seaside Vacations get $25 off their booking price! Insured and licensed by the United States Coast Guard with a blanket fishing license provided for the boat, they will also provide the rods, reels, bait and other equipment so all Dad has to do is board the boat and relax. If he’s lucky, he could catch everything from flounder, sheepshead and tilefish to bigger game fish like cobia, marlin or tuna.
Why He’ll Love It: The chance to tell all his pals some wild fish tales!
Day 5 – Take Dad Flying Over the Ocean.
Views from the sky are always intriguing but if you haven’t flown over the Diamond Shoals of the Atlantic Ocean (an area of shifting sandbars and unpredictable currents off the coast of North Carolina), you’re in for a huge surprise. Infamously known as “The Graveyard of the Atlantic,” the waters that extend from these unique barrier islands have a tendency to be incredibly dangerous for water vessels. In fact, throughout history, over 2,000 ships and countless lives have been lost in the treacherous waters along The Diamond Shoals. Due to the shallow tides, dozens of these shipwrecks can be seen from the air. Of course, you might also see some of the ocean’s greatest creatures like sea turtles, dolphins, and even sharks. Barrier Island Aviation offers air tours over the Outer Banks in an open-cockpit style biplane or in a Cessna aircraft. You also get to fly over some of the most popular Outer Banks landmarks like the Wright Brother’s Memorial, Jockey’s Ridge, and the Bodie Island Lighthouse. Guests of Seaside Vacations are eligible for $10 off any air tour that is longer than 10 minutes.
Why He’ll Love It: The adventure of seeing the coast from a new perspective.
Day 6 – Take Dad to Sample Some Local Rum.
If your father considers himself a spirit aficionado, he will love a visit to Outer Banks Distilling. Located in historic downtown Manteo, Outer Banks Distilling was created when four local friends combined their experience in the craft brewery and bartending industry with their love of rum to open the first distillery in the Outer Banks. Designed to embody the spirit of the area’s pirate legends, Kill Devil Rum was aptly named and now comes in a variety of flavors including a silver rum, pecan and honey rum, and a classic gold rum. The distillery is also continually releasing new series based off local legacies and so far have released a Shipwreck Series, Solspice Series and Angels’ Share series. From Tuesday through Friday, take Dad on a distillery tour where he’ll learn all about crafting the perfect rum, get first-hand look at the equipment and and even enjoy some samples in the tasting room. Afterwards, he’ll want to buy a bottle or two to take home.
Why He’ll Love It: The chance to indulge in a locally-crafted beverage.
Day 7 – Treat Dad to Dinner at his Favorite Restaurant.
It isn’t hard to work up an appetite when you come to the Outer Banks thanks to all the exciting, fun activities you can experience while you are here. At the end of the week, treat Dad to something he would be more than happy with any day of the year – dinner at his favorite restaurant! If Dad doesn’t already have a favorite restaurant, there are plenty of places to try for the first time. From Mexican flavored dishes or Caribbean-style flare to fried seafood platters and fresh seafood steamers, or even small local diners to fancy fine dining establishments, the Outer Banks has them all. Many of our local restaurants bring in seafood right off the boat and with a selection of fresh fish to shell fish, anything you order will be cooked to perfection. (And if Dad isn't a "surf" lover, there are plenty of delicious "turf" options to enjoy!) Consider trying a restaurant with happy hours, unique specials or waterfront dining to make the experience one he’ll never forget.
Why He’ll Love It: The chance to dine on some of the finest seafood on the East Coast.
Jessie has been coming to the Outer Banks since she was just 5 years old. She loved it here so much that she finally relocated in 2018. Now her mission is to show the world that the Outer Banks is an incredible place that everyone should experience. When she isn't working, you can find Jessie hanging out with her friends, chilling at home with her awesome cat, Yoji, or discovering a new Outer Banks adventure.