5 Things to do During the Off-Season in the Outer Banks

If you think the off-season is a bad time to take a trip to the Outer Banks, think again! With cooler temps, fewer crowds, and delicious food, one of our favorite ways to enjoy the Outer Banks is during the supposed “off-season.” Check out the list below for our favorite things to do during the cooler months.

1. Go Sightseeing, Without the Crowds

Not a fan of waiting in long lines? With fewer crowds, the offseason is the perfect time of year to explore all the sights that the Outer Banks have to offer. Take a trip to the Lost Colony or visit the famous Bodie Island Lighthouse. Whether you are a history buff or a nature fanatic, the Outer Banks offers something for everyone. Click Here for a detailed list of attractions in the Outer Banks region.

2. Enjoy Fresh, Local Seafood

Seafood is not just for summer. In fact, the cooler months bring out some of the best seafood the North Carolina Coast has to offer! Fresh oysters and big, sweet crabs are a staple of the Outer Banks fall. Prefer a more hands-on experience? Cast your own line at the shore, or head to your favorite pier to catch yourself some fresh dinner. Seafood, not your thing? Not to worry – there are plenty of other options for those who prefer more land-based meals. Click Here for all a guide to the best restaurants in the OBX.

3. Enjoy Spectacular Sunrises & Sunsets

While the sunsets and sunrises on the Outer Banks are beautiful year-round, it is known among locals that the most spectacular ones occur during the cooler months. Mostly attributed to the lack of haze and humidity, along with weather patterns that allow for dry, clean air to sweep across the coast, making for the most picturesque sky. Head to favorite spots, like the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge or Jockey’s Ridge State Park, for the chance to see unobstructed views and beautiful skies. 

4. Relax with a Fire on the Beach

In need of some relaxing? How about a beach fire? In the offseason, beach fires are allowed, on beaches in Nags Head and along the Cape Hatteras National Seashore (with regulations). The fall season also means 4×4 vehicles are allowed (some rules do apply, so read before you ride). You can even bring your pup along, depending on which area or town you’re in. Spend some time reconnecting with nature and your loved ones on the beach.

5. Take a Drive Up and Down Highway 12

Photo Credit: Grave Yard of the Atlantic Museum

With less traffic, the offseason makes for the perfect time to take drive up Highway 12. If you enjoy beautiful scenic drives, then NC Highway 12 is for you. Take a trip all the way north to Corolla, or head south. Continue south through Nags Head and explore the Outer Banks Scenic Byway. Drive all the way through Cape Hatteras National Seashore, where you can even ferry over to Ocracoke. You’ll be able to explore the Outer Banks in all its glory, without having to worry about sitting in traffic or long ferry lines.

Whatever you choose to do, the Outer Banks off-season has something for everyone! Book your next trip today!

5 Family-Friendly Activities to Do on Your Topsail Island Vacation

Do you have a family vacation planned this summer in one of our Topsail Island vacation rentals? If so then we can point you in the right direction on what there is to do in the area that are family-friendly. We understand that sometimes finding things for kids of all ages can be a little challenging but we have a few family favorites for you below. Let’s look at what there is for you and the family to enjoy together while on your vacation.

Visit Southside Park

Want to spend a day at a local park for you and the kids to enjoy? Head over to Southside Park where you can pack a lunch and a book for you to read while the kids play on the playground. The playground has slides, swings and a climbing area for them to get some of their energy out. Or you could take a walk along the boardwalk that boarders the sound or watch the sunset before heading back to your vacation rental. If you want to take some fun family pictures this is a great place to go to. The park does overlook the Intracoastal Waterway and is beautiful.

Rent a Kayak

What a better way to see the Intracoastal Waterway then to rent a kayak for a few hours and enjoy. The Intracoastal Waterway offers a calm location for you to kayak, canoe or just to enjoy what nature offers you. What a great way to spend the day with your kids and enjoy the beauty of the island on water. If you have younger kids, this might not be a good option but for the older kids this would be a great adventure for them.

The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue & Rehabilitation Center

Topsail Island is known as a nesting grounds for the endangered Loggerhead sea turtle. Visiting the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue & Rehabilitation Center rescues, treats and releases turtles that have been hurt. This is a good educational visit to this center where your family will learn all about the turtles. You will learn about what is involved in saving the life of a turtle and about their nesting habits. There happens to be a small gift shop that all the proceeds will go into helping the turtles. Your kids might even get an opportunity to ask questions and maybe feed some of the creatures there at the center.

Nelva R. Albury Recreation Area

Want another fun place to take the kids if you feel they need to get their energy out? Then check out the Nelva R. Albury Recreation Area located across the street from a beach access on Topsail Island. This park has something for everyone in the family to enjoy. Let the kids play on the playground while you take advantage of the free exercise equipment. This playground has a firetruck climber, slides, swings and a large gazebo where you can enjoy lunch or dinner with the family there. What a great way to spend an evening or late morning at with the family.

Beach It

The number one place that you can enjoy is the beach. This is of course why you decided to come to Topsail Island for vacation. While Topsail Beach is smallest of the 3 beaches on Topsail Island, it’s located at the tip of the island. Depending on where your Topsail Island vacation rental you can have a step outside the door of your rental and stroll along the beach. Collect seashells, look for shark teeth or just enjoy the day at the beach. Even fly a kite in the evening with the kids and get your run in first thing in the morning. But keep an eye out for sea turtle nests and leave them alone while you play in the sand. Just enjoy the surf and the sand for a few days with the family.

There are several other things for you to do while you are visiting Topsail Island but these are just a few that we thought you’d enjoy. If you are still looking for a last-minute week to visit the area before school begins, then check out what availabilities we have. We can’t wait to see you this summer for you to make new memories for years to come.