Fall Things To Do 2016

Mustang Music Festival LineupOver the past few years, the September and October months have become popular times to visit the Outer Banks.

There are so many great events during these months—even extending into November—that it’s almost difficult to know where to start! Great weather, great music, and great festivals. Plus, the water is still warm enough to go swimming and both the water and air temperatures can stay moderate well into October.

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Visiting The Wild Horses of Carova

Wild Horses in CorollaOne of the most beautiful sights on the Outer Banks is the image of four or five Wild Mustangs standing atop a dune silhouetted against the sky. The visual perfectly captures the Outer Banks, its history, and the fragile balance that exists between people and nature.

There are approximately 100 wild horses roaming the 4WD area north of Corolla, usually called Carova for the small village at the state border with Virginia. The horses, descendants of the Spanish Mustangs of the conquistadors, have roamed the Outer Banks since the 16th century. At that time, the rivalry for control of North America between Spain and England was intense and often violent, eventually leading to the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588.

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Four Easy Things To Do with Kids

On the fourth day of sand, sun and surf, kids may start to think, “Is there anything to do besides swim in the ocean?” The first thought of parents at that point is often, “Now what?”
To calm the fears of parents wondering what to do with a suddenly bored eight-year old, we’ve assembled a list of four outdoor things to do with kids.

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Potential Outer Banks Energy Resources

Outer Banks Wave EnergyThe Outer Banks has always been known as a place of abundant natural resources. After all, fishing has been legendary since before the first European footprint marked the beach. Visiting guests regularly come to enjoy the natural beauty of the area, and now we can add energy to the list of our abundant resources.

Beginning in the summer of 2016, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will be offering a 122,000 area block of leases for sale. This is known as the Kitty Hawk Wind Energy Area (WEA). Conservative estimates put the potential at 2,000 MW of energy which is enough to power a city with a population greater than 600,000.

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Outer Banks Shipwrecks in 1877 & 1878

Outer Banks ShipwrecksThe winter of 1877-1878 was one of the most tragic there ever was on the Outer Banks. Two ships ran aground in heavy seas—the USS Huron and the steamer Metropolis. The loss of life shocked the nation. Perhaps most tragically, the tragedies could have possibly been prevented.

The Huron was launched in 1875 and had already sailed almost around the world when she left port in Hampton Roads on November 23, 1877. Almost immediately the ship ran into heavy seas and encountered a storm moving up the coast from the south. Either a faulty compass or a slight error in navigation brought the ship too close to the Nags Head shoreline, and the ship ran aground 200 yards from the beach. The crew elected to stay with the ship—the seas were far too violent to chance and the crew may have thought aid would be coming from the recently completed lifesaving station just two miles away. However, inadequate funding from Congress had forced the Life-Saving Service to staff their stations seasonally, and the Nags Head crew was not due to be on site until December 1. Over the course of the morning hours the sea pounded the ship into an unrecognizable hulk as witnesses watched helplessly from the shore. Of a crew of 141, only 34 survived.

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