During your next Outer Banks vacation, why not schedule an adventure that includes exploring a few unique town highlights? This is a great way to learn more about Outer Banks’ towns and communities, while enjoying time spent with family and friends. Some selections are well known, while others are hidden gems, but all allow visitors to explore extraordinary features of the Outer Banks.
On the road to Wanchese, there’s a large modern building that appears to rise from the marsh. The Coastal Studies Institute (CSI) building is 90,000 square feet and a wonder of engineering. Locally, it has become an important part of Outer Banks life with schools and nonprofits taking advantage of its facilities. Beyond Dare County, it has developed a reputation in scientific circles for the cutting edge research of the resident scientists, and much of their research focuses on what’s happening along our coastlines.
With a February 2015 announcement that a large section of the ocean off the Kitty Hawk shoreline would be available for commercial wind energy development, North Carolina moves towards the top of the list of potential energy production from a renewable resource. The Kitty Hawk site is one of three sites off the North Carolina coast identified by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). The site, located 26 nautical miles offshore, will be barely visible from the beach.
The cooler Outer Banks winter months bring a slowdown in activities but that doesn’t mean the fun ceases to exist. It’s true that some restaurants and businesses close after the holiday season and don’t reopen until March, and others reduce hours and services, but there remain some very good reasons to visit the Outer Banks. Here are just a few:
Every community has unique features that bring great pride and the Outer Banks is no different. Living here, it doesn’t take long to realize there are many notable attributes within our diverse communities, but for parents there is one defining aspect that brings great pride and that is our extraordinary schools and teachers.