|The Wright Flyer at the Wright Brother’s Monument museum–one of many things to do on the Outer Banks when it’s raining.|
It’s a rainy day here on the Outer Banks thanks to TS Andrea, which as tropical systems go, is . . . well, weak. It’s kind of like a nor’easter only muggy and it won’t hang around for two or three days.
But it is rainy and a bit windy so the question does come up, “What is there to do on a rainy day on the Outer Banks?”
A lot, actually.
Shopping comes immediately to mind. A rainy day is the perfect time to pick up the souvenirs, knickknacks, t-shirts, mementos–whatever is going home with the family to remember a week or two on the Outer Banks.
There are many forms of shopping–and, although there are plenty of places to get cheap t-shirts and kitschy coffee mugs, a type of store the Outer Banks has in abundance is art galleries–and the art is very, very good. From Manteo all the way up to Corolla, there are too many to list here, but by all means, take some time to visit our art galleries . . . it will be a rewarding experience.
Shopping, however, is not very high on a 10-year-old’s list of favorite things to do; however, there is a reason why this area is perfect for a family vacation.
A rainy day is a great time to explore the how, why and history of the Outer Banks. Currituck Heritage Park, which houses the Whalehead Club in Corolla is a great place to start.
The Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education is an extraordinary museum that walks visitors through the Currituck Sound ecosystem. Filled with fascinating exhibits and hands on demos it is geared toward kids but will keep parents engaged.
The Whalehead Club is, of course, just across the lawn. Tours are available, both guided and self-guided, although advanced reservations are required–the tours are very popular.
Climb the Currituck Beach Lighthouse on a clear day. Lightning and visibility make it a poor choice when it’s storming, and it is closed during thunderstorms.
Probably the most historically significant event that occurred on the Outer Banks was the Wright Brothers flight on December 17, 2003. The Wright Brothers Monument and museum in Kill Devil Hills is truly a must-see part of the Outer Banks experience. The Monument needs to be climbed on a clear day, but the museum is a wonderful rainy day activity.
The National Park Service interpreters are masters at explaining what Orville and Wilbur accomplished so kids can understand but at the same time keeping adults engaged. The museum exhibits make it clear that these two brothers were scientists of the first caliber regardless of education and make a strong case for perseverance coupled with creativity.
So–into every life a little rain must fall–even on the Outer Banks–but don’t let that stop you from enjoying one of the greatest places to live and visit you’ll ever find.