Homeschool Outer Banks Trip Planner

Every student loves “field trip day.” So why not leave the books at home, visit the Outer Banks and combine fun and education into a field trip they'll be sure never to forget.From museums and lighthouses to parks and gardens, our beach is full of endless activities that reflect the area’s rich history and tradition. 

Follow our homeschool trip planner below for a fun and adventurous (as well as educational) week on the OBX.


DAY 1: NORTH CAROLINA AQUARIUM

Located on Roanoke Island, the North Carolina Aquarium presents the aquatic environments of coastal Carolina. They have a variety of exhibits that are sureto educate and entertain your child.

Journey through the coastal freshwaters with river otters, turtles and alligators or explore various saltwater habitats. Stop by the stingray or hermitcrab touch tanks for a hands-on learning experience. Don’t miss the 285,000-gallon “Graveyard of the Atlantic” tank containing sharks and a one-third scalereplica of the USS Monitor.

Hours: Open daily year-round, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Day. 

Admission:Adults: $8 | Seniors: $7 | Children Ages 6-17: $6 | 5 and under: FREE

North Carolina Aquarium
374 Airport Rd.
Manteo, NC 27954
252.473.3494


DAY 2: PEA ISLAND NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

The 6,000-acre refuge is a haven for more than 360 species of birds. From spring to autumn, a large variety of wading, shore and upland birds can be seen.The observation platforms are near parking areas. Nature trails, observation platforms and blinds.

Hours: Refuge open daily during daylight hours. Visitor center is open seasonally.

Admission: FREE! Guided canoe tours are available for a fee.

Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge
Rodanthe, NC 27968
252.987.2394


DAY 3: WRIGHT BROTHERS NATIONAL MEMORIAL

Site of the world’s first controlled power flight on December 17, 1903; the Wright Brothers Memorial is a must for its historical importance. The park’svisitor center features a full-scale replica of the 1902 glider, 1903 flying machine, an engine block from the original 1903 Flyer, and a reproduction ofthe Wright Brother’s first wind tunnel.

Climb Big Kill Devil Hill and view the 60-foot Pylon where the brothers conducted their glider experiments. Stand at the same spot where the brothers madetheir first flights. A large granite boulder marks the spot where their first plane left the ground.

Hours:Open year-round. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (hours are extended during summer months). Closed Christmas Day.

Admission:Ages 16 and Up: $4 | Children: FREE

Wright Brothers National Memorial
1000 N Croatan Hwy,
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
252.441.7530


DAY 4: OUTER BANKS CENTER FOR WILDLIFE EDUCATION

Visitors of the 22,000-square-foot Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education located on the Currituck Sound will have the opportunity to learn aboutCurrituck County’s rich natural history and heritage. Waterfowl hunting, decoy-making and fishing are all traditions connected to the region’s ecology andare important elements in the center’s design.

Housing an exhibit gallery, auditorium, museum store, decoy collection and a 12,000-gallon aquarium the center has plenty of educational value. Be sure toask about their daily educational programs!

Admission: FREE

Hours:Monday to Saturday: 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education
1160 Village Lane Heritage Park
Corolla, NC 27927
252.453.0221

DAY 5: ROANOKE ISLAND FESTIVAL PARK

An interactive, educational family attraction that celebrates the first English settlement in America, Roanoke Island Festival Park is a must-see. Stop bythe American Indian Town and Cultural Education Center for a variety of hands-on activities to participate in including: building a dug-out canoe, workinga fish trap, planting and harvesting crops and more.

Board the park’s centerpiece, the Elizabeth II, is a full-scale representation of one of the seven English ships from the Roanoke Voyage of 1585.In-character Elizabethan sailors will help you experience sixteenth century seafaring life. Also be sure to visit the on-site art gallery, fossil pit,museum store, and marsh-side boardwalks.

Hours:Open daily mid-February to December 31. Hours vary seasonally.

Admission:Adult: $8 | Ages 6 - 17: $5 | Ages Under 5: FREE

Roanoke Island Festival Park
1 Festival Park
Manteo, NC 27954
252.475.1500


DAY 6: COROLLA WILD HORSE MUSEUM

Built in the early 1900's, this historic landmark was the first unified Corolla school created by the Currituck County School system that was open through the late 1950's. 

The schoolhouse has since been restored and is home to the non-profit Corolla Wild Horse Fund administrative offices, a free interactive wild horse museum,and a wild horse gift shop. All proceeds from the gift shop benefit the care of the wild horses.

Fun educational activities for children are offered in the summer including a gentled wild mustang to pet.

Hours:Open year-round from Monday to Friday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Admission: FREE admission. Nominal fees for children's programs. 

Corolla Wild Horse Museum
1129 Corolla Village Rd.
Corolla, NC 27927
252.453.8002


DAY 7: NAGS HEAD WOODS

Well-known but barely visited, Nags Head Woods is a true “hidden gem” of the Outer Banks. Consisting of 1,092 acres of woods, you'll find a diversity of plant and animal life that is highly unusual to find on a barrier island. Towering oaks, hickories, and beech trees rise from the sand and create a canopy of trees that are more typical of the mountains on the eastern United States. 

With more than 5 miles of trails, 300 species of plants, 150 species of birds and more than 50 species of reptiles and amphibians, Nags Head Woods is agreat way to end our homeschool week trip planner.

Nags Head Woods Preserve  
701 West Ocean Acres Drive
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
252.441.2525

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