There is no doubt why Hatteras Island is the ultimate family vacation destination: There is something for everyone to fall in love with on this little slice of paradise. Kids are no exception, from building sandcastles to body boarding to snorkeling on the sound. Here at Outer Beaches, we know safety is a top concern for parents, so here are five of our favorite ways to enjoy the water safely with your little ones.
Salvo Day Use Area & The Haulover Day Use Area
These two public areas are a perfect place to take kids for a day on the water. The Salvo Day Use Area is located just south of Salvo on the sound side, and the Haulover Day Use Area is located just south of Avon on the sound as well. At both spots you will find parking and restroom accommodations, sandy beaches, and calm water. The beaches are flat, the water is really close to parking with no dunes to hike over, and the depth of the water is typically 1-2 feet along the shoreline with no waves, making the perfect spot for kiddos to splash around in. Pack a lunch, a few rafts, and some water toys for a beach picnic the kids will never forget!
Inshore boat ride
Book and inshore trip with your favorite captain. Learn the history of the island, get out of the boat to catch clams, pick shells, and see crabs and other marine wildlife in their natural habitat. Top it off with a famous Hatteras Island sunset from right there on the glassy waters of the Pamlico Sound! Find a tour in our directory >
Rodanthe and Avon Pier
The Rodanthe Pier and Avon Pier, two favorite Hatteras Island landmarks, offer amazing views of the surrounding beaches, a family friendly atmosphere, and an awesome place for the kids to watch the big catches get reeled in. Both locations are stocked with rod rentals and all the equipment you need to catch some fish and a family-friendly adrenaline rush. There are also weekly kids fishing tournaments to enter with cool prizes for winners! Get hooked on the pier!
Some of my favorite memories of Hatteras Island are sitting around a beach fire with my family and friends roasting s’mores over the fire. Bring some tunes, kick back, and enjoy the company of your friends and family as you listen to the waves crash on shore. Bring a few flashlights for the kids too so they can chase the quick and mysterious ghost crabs around the beach! See beach fire rules and get your permit >
Kayaking on the open and calm waters of the sound is one the best ways to explore this magical island. Cruise up and down the canals that wind through our villages, or head out to the open waters. Get up close and personal with wildlife unique to the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. Anchor off to take a dip in the warm water, or bring a fishing pole along to cast off the kayak as you take in the peaceful surroundings. Rent kayaks >