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.

Kitty Hawk Pier FishingFishing from a Pier
There are five fishing piers from Nags Head to Kitty Hawk—Outer Banks Fishing Pier in South Nags Head, Jennette’s Pier, Nags Head Pier, Avalon Pier and Kitty Hawk Pier. These are great places to have some fun! The Outer Banks Pier, Nags Head and Avalon have a pier house that is staffed with locals who really know what’s happening in the waters. Jennette’s Pier offers classes geared toward kids, and even if you decide not to fish, Jennette’s Pier is worth visiting.

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Art Party Palooza on the OBX

The Outer Banks has a high concentration of incredibly talented artists. Combined with a local community that prides itself on being creative and a few hundred thousand visi-tors showing up every week in the summer, the result is a thriving art community. Art Parties are a direct result of this pool of talent and quest for creativity. Lushes with Brushes, Paint a Pup, Spin Art OBX —- these are just a few of the themed parties that local artists have dreamed up. We’ve tracked down three artists combining parties and art-making to ask them about their experience bringing creativity to vacationers and locals alike.

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Unique Outer Banks Water Activities

Hatteras ClammingBordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the east and innumerable sounds to the west, it’s a safe guess that most Outer Banks outdoor activities center around being on the water. With all the opportunities to enjoy time on the water and the extraordinary range of options, here are a few out of the ordinary suggestions for consideration.

Clamming Eco Tour
This is a worthwhile adventure that may be a bit of a trek for our guests. Captain Lee Setkowsky, owner, operator and captain of the Daybreak II of Hatteras Adventures, has a number of tours he does from his slip at Oden’s Dock in Hatteras Village, but the one that seems to be the most family friendly is his Clamming Eco Tour.

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Daredevil’s Baseball on the Outer Banks

Daredevils Baseball OBXOuter Banks Daredevils baseball is back for another year at the First Flight High School ball field located in Kill Devil Hills, NC.

There are no aluminum pings when bat meets ball, just the satisfying “pop” of wood connecting with leather that has been a part of baseball since the sport was invented.

Bringing college talent to the Outer Banks, the Daredevils play in the Tidewater Summer League, a wooden bat league that gives college kids who’ve spent their careers playing with aluminum bats, a first chance to experience what playing under major league rules is all about.

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Karaoke on the Outer Banks

Karaoke_OBXIt’s Wednesday evening at Jolley Roger in Kill Devil Hills, NC. Two young women are well into belting out a hip hop song, the karaoke beat is booming, and they haven’t missed a word yet. Friends are cheering them on and when they’re finished the people sitting around the bar let out a cheer and clap for their performance.

A man with a burly build, beard, long hair and several tattoos comes up to the mike next. He takes in a deep breath, focuses in on an attractive blond haired woman at the bar and sings George Strait’s “I Cross My Heart.” It’s a beautiful ballad about finding true love, and when he sings the first line, “Our love is unconditional, we knew it from the start …” everyone can tell at that very moment there’s no one else in the room except her.

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Outer Banks Sailing – SailNC

OBX Sailing - Sail NCThe Outer Banks has always been known as a place of consistent winds with regional sounds and estuaries providing a vast palette of protected waters. Yet for some reason, sailing has never been a large part of the Outer Banks experience.

This may be changing thanks in part to SailNC, a local organization that has been promoting the Outer Banks as a sailing destination for the past three years. It all began with our rich history of being home to a skilled boatbuilding workforce. Working with area businesses and sailors, as well as the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau, SailNC became a part of the local scene in 2013. What the organization has been able to accomplish in a few years is pretty remarkable; there have already been four regattas held in Outer Banks waters since 2014.

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Winter Wonderland on the Outer Banks

There is a universal perception that when winter arrives Outer Banks sidewalks are rolled up. However, that is not an accurate depiction of life on these sandbars, starting with the fact that there are very few sidewalks and ending with the realization that there is plenty to do during the winter months.

Admittedly, the pace is considerably slower during the months of January and February when compared to activities available in the summer and shoulder seasons months. The winter is actually a wonderful “get away” season at the beach. The pace is slower, the crowds are nonexistent and rates are a great value. Many great restaurants and shops remain open, although night life venues are sparse. Here are just a few option available when you arrive: Continue reading “Winter Wonderland on the Outer Banks”

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The Outer Banks Second Season

It’s true, the “second season” on the Outer Banks just keeps getting better and better! Without a doubt, the summer is a great time to visit, but the fall is quickly become a very popular second season for those who love the Outer Banks. The weather has cooled and the crowds have diminished, but that is only a part of the big picture as the fall months are alive with great music, the ESA Surf Competition, a seafood fest and a fantastic marathons.

OBX BlueGrass FestMusic appears to highlight Outer Banks events, especially during September and October. The 4th Annual Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival, held at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo, is on September 23-26th. If there is one show to check out, this is it! Rhonda Vincent and the Rage will be back for the fourth year, joining headliners Sam Bush and Pam Tillis.

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Outer Banks Photo Opportunities

Photo albums are filled with images of Outer Banks beaches. Our pristine shoreline and endless panorama of sea and sky call out to photographers who want to capture sunrises over the Atlantic, sea birds and their families enjoying surf and sand.

Yet, the Outer Banks is more than just miles of shoreline. As beautiful as our beaches may be, there are numerous venues that offer camera-worthy photo opts. To add unique snapshots of our area to your collection, adventurous photographers should take note of the following scenic locations.

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