There’s a reason why the Outer Banks bills itself as a family vacation destination—more than one reason actually.

Some of that is just in the way the Outer Banks has developed—and, frankly, chosen to develop. With no urban centers and no boardwalks, the whole area, from Corolla to Ocracoke Island has an open feel that invites kids to run, play and just be kids. What is particularly nice is they can just be kids and parents know they’re in a safe environment.

There are other reasons as well for the family feel to the area. There are a lot of activities geared specifically to kids—especially kids ten and under.

Kitty Hawk Kites has held their Kid's Day since as long as anyone can remember. It used to be Wednesdays at their Nags Head location only, but they’ve expanded that now and there is a store that features the event within easy driving distance of just about every location on the Outer Banks. 

It’s a great day of face painting, games kite making and  . . . fun. Some locations are Tuesday, others Wednesday so check for day.

A newer edition to the Outer Banks kids entertainment scene, the Outer Banks Children at Play Children’s Museum is located in Bucaneer’s Walk in Kitty Hawk. Geared much more for the six and under crowd, this is a great place for the younger members of the family.

Every Thursday at the Whalehead Club the North Carolina Marionette Theatre performs “Tom Benn and Blackbeard the Pirate” and wraps up with a meet and greet with the puppets.

In Duck, Tuesday through Thursday all summer long, events are scheduled for children in the morning on the town green.

There is more than that for kids, of course, but that should give families an idea of what the Outer Banks is all about.