5 Fun Family-Friendly Things To Do at the North Carolia Coast
North Carolina’s coast offers a wealth of activities for families. If you are planning a visit to the area this coming year, be sure to add these five fun, family-friendly thing to your to-do list.
- Visit the Old Baldy Lighthouse
Even though North Carolina beachfront rentals have enough amenities to keep you comfortable and entertained, you might still want to do a little planning to ensure you get to experience Bald Head Island. The Old Baldy Foundation operates a history museum and lighthouse tours of this iconic spot. Make sure to get your tickets early since you’ll need to get to the island by ferry.
- Check Out Marine Life at the Aquarium at Fort FIsher
No matter how interactive of an experience you are looking for, you can have it at the North Carolina Aquarium. In fact, you are sure to find something for everyone in the family here. You might choose to immerse yourself alongside the two-story open ocean exhibit as you watch sharks, rays and eels glide past or reach out and touch — literally — the soft velvety feel of a stingray.
- Stroll on a Boardwalk
Many of North Carolina’s coastal towns have beautiful boardwalks that allow you to stroll along the beach without getting sand in your shoes. The Carolina Beach boardwalk has attracted a good deal of attention, including being named among the top boardwalks in the country by both Budget Traveler and Food and Wine magazines. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to eat at the restaurants, watch a show or fireworks or take a ride on one of the amusement attractions.
- Catch Sight of the Outer Banks Ponies
Wild horse tours get you up close to the ponies that call North Carolina’s Outer Banks home. While you might get a glimpse on your own, tours are often a better bet. They ensure you follow the rules of the islands, both the official and unofficial ones. They also provide an excellent narrative of the history and ecology of the region.
- Hit the Water in a Kayak
Hop into a kayak and explore the many miles of marshes and coastal estuaries in the area. You can head out on your own, or sign up for a guided tour in the Kitty Hawk Woods Reserve or the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. Either way, be prepared to see and hear tons of wildlife along the way.
From historical sites spanning the past several centuries to bands of wild horses, there truly is something for everyone to enjoy on the NC coast.