Outer Banks Bucket Lists: Top 10 Places to Take the Kiddos on the OBX

Kids love buckets. Parents love lists. A perfect marriage of the two. An OBX Bucket List focused on the kiddos!Thanks to Kristen for the great Mommy-view of the Outer Banks bucket list. :)(Note: These are in no particular order. Because how can you compare delicious frozen yogurt with a day spent on the beach? You can’t. :)

  • Surfin’ Spoon.   We love a cool tasty treat on a hot afternoon. In fact, it’s mommy that often suggests a trip for frozen yogurt, and not my kids. (Yes, I have a sweet-make-that-chocolate-tooth.) So, for the perfect fro yo treat, we load up and head on down to a little spot called the Surfin’ Spoon on the Beach Road (Rt. 12) in Nags Head. This ultra-hip frozen yogurt shop is the quintessential small beach town spot. Not only is it beachy and cool with delicious frozen yogurt flavors and a game room for the older kids, but it just happens to be owned by local pro surfer Jesse Hines and his wife, Whitney. It doesn’t get any more rad than that.
  • Jockey’s Ridge.   I don’t know what kid doesn’t like going to Jockey’s Ridge in Nags Head. Largest sand dune on the East Coast? Sure. But how about tons of fun spent flying kites, climbing the dunes and then (dare I say it?), rolling down to the bottom. Cons? Sand. Lots and lots of sand. Pros? Enough energy output to guarantee at least a half hour nap from your little one. Or you. Or both.
  • The movies.   Sure, it’s not a local dig or somewhere off the beaten path, but every kid loves going to the movies, right? And besides, you’ll find that the OBX does have some rainy and/or super hot days. Perfect for a little indoor, air-conditioned entertainment. Popcorn anyone?
  • A pirate adventure aboard the Sea Gypsy. What child has never wanted to be a swashbuckling pirate? Finding treasure, defeating the enemy and telling tall tales. Yep, count me in. The Sea Gypsy IV makes her home in the historic waterfront town of Manteo on Roanoke Island about 10-20 minutes from Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills, and Kitty Hawk. In Pirate Adventures of the Outer Banks, children get to experience the magic of sailing away in search of buried treasure aboard a true pirate ship. Before you know it your child will be painted with a curly mustache or a beautiful mermaid, dressed up as a pirate and marching off to the ship. Once aboard the young pirates will learn the rules at sea aboard their pirate ship and read a treasure map to find the sunken treasure. Will the crew defeat Pirate Pete and find the sunken treasure?  Only those brave enough to go will found out.
  • The beach. Get on the bathing suits and sunscreen and pack the cooler, towels, chairs, beach toys, umbrella, baby pool, boogie boards, Frisbee, paddleball…well, you get the point. Load it up quick and grab your spot in the sand…because nothing beats a day on our beautiful beaches.
  • Laser tag & the bounce house at Gearworks. Another indoor option, Outer Banks Gearworks in Nags Head offers not only laser tag, but an indoor bounce house (make that TWO) as well. We’ve attended a few birthday parties here and the kids love it. Some of the best $5 I’ve ever spent.
  • Gymboree Outlet. Okay, I’ll admit it. My children may not like going here as much as their mommy does (especially with my Gymbucks!), but this kids apparel-only outlet store in Nags Head does have a TV in the back – perfect for keeping the kids occupied while mommy gets her shopping on. And on. And on… Breakfast at the Nags Head Pier.   On the rare occasion that our whole family is together on the weekend (my husband is a charter fisherman = gone super early and back after dinner), we love to head on down to the Nags Head Pier for a delicious breakfast – and a fantastic view. Tip: Order the “Em Special.”
  • Pirates Cove Marina. This is an obvious choice for us – as my husband works on The Hog Wild, a charter boat in this full-service marina. Not only is it fun to see daddy come in on the boat, but even better are the loads of fish that are unloaded off the back. Tuna, mahi (dolphin), wahoo…and perhaps even a giant billfish. Located on the Manteo causeway, Pirate’s Cove is a great place to take the kiddos in the afternoon. What to do after the fish are gone? You can grab a drink at Mimi’s Tiki Hut or some yummy dinner at Harbor Point Bar & Grill – both located within the marina. Tip: Most boats get back to the dock between 4:30-5:30pm. And bring your camera! You never know when you might see a giant blue marlin.
  • The Pet Gallery AND The Toy Gallery.   I’m a bit biased on this one – but only because one of my closest friends owns both of these fabulous local stores in Kill Devil Hills. Around for more than 20 years, The Pet Gallery not only offers supplies (and treats) for your pets but they also have a huge fish room full of salt water fish!  My kids love going in the “fish room” and seeing who can find Nemo first. And now, right next door? The brand new (and crazy awesome fabulous) Toy Gallery! If you’re looking for super unique, award-winning and kid-approved toys (that you cannot find in Kmart or Walmart), this is the place. There are lots of toys for the wee ones to play with…so you can feel good knowing that you’re not taking your kids somewhere where they can only “look” at the toys. Plus, they offer FREE daily activities for the kiddos. Yes, please!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Seaside Showcase

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