When arriving in the Outer Banks for vacation, getting in some quality beach time may be first and foremost on everyone's agenda. With miles of sugar white sandy beaches and crystal blue ocean waters, it's hard to imagine wanting to do anything or be anywhere else. Vacationers making their first visit to the Outer Banks will be delighted at the wide array of other enjoyable and fun activities there are to indulge in, while returning visitors will be anxious to take part in some of their favorites that they have been enjoying year after year. So before you get too comfortable in that beach chair, check out some of the great activities that await you on your next vacation to the Outer Banks.Amusement Parks
Everyone expects to have fun while on vacation and making a stop at some of the available amusement parks and areas in the Outer Banks will definitely offer up some great fun for the entire family. Whether you are young or just young at heart, everyone can enjoy some exciting thrills and a little competitive fun putting some time in at various Go Kart raceways. When you've crossed the finish line, perhaps take a spin and get in some good-natured hits on the always popular bumper cars. Many amusement areas also offer video arcades, pool tables, concessions stands and more so you are sure to have plenty of laughs and exciting times at any of the Outer Banks amusement parks.Golf Courses & Practice Ranges
Vacation time is a perfect opportunity to work on finessing that golf swing or to improve your short game. Though the Outer Banks is seemingly surrounded by ocean and dunes, visitors will find a variety of golf courses tucked here and there like perfect jewels amidst the beautiful ocean landscape. For those looking to spend some time getting in a full 18 hole round, you'll have a variety of great options and the change to play at some championship-caliber courses. Golfers can expect to enjoy beautiful views of the ocean, dunes and maritime forests on various courses.
Visitors can also choose to spend time working on putting or seeing how far they can drive that little white ball on available putting greens and driving ranges at. At most golfing locations, golfers can also pick up supplies and apparel in golf shops, enjoy some refreshments in dining facilities or even enjoy some other recreational activities that may be available such as swimming and tennis. Golfers will enjoy the variety of options available to them and will love knowing that being on vacation doesn't necessarily mean taking a vacation from a beloved activity.Miniature Golf Courses
A trip to the beaches of the Outer Banks would not be complete without indulging in that favorite vacation pastime that invokes as much good-natured competition as it does endless fun. A round of miniature golf is the perfect way to end a great vacation day and vacationers will find lots of great choices for play around the Outer Banks. You don't need to be a pro to participate in this fun activity. Just have a hearty desire to have some good fun and an appreciation for the whimsical and sometimes delightfully tacky course decorations and obstacles you may have to navigate through in order to obtain that elusive hole in one. Once you've sunk all your putts, cap off your round with a celebratory ice cream cone or beverage and enjoy exchanging fun stories of your evening. With lots of miniature golf courses waiting in the Outer Banks, you may want to indulge in this fun activity more than once during your stay.Movie Theaters
Vacationing in the Outer Banks means enjoying the beautiful sandy beaches and splashing around in the Atlantic Ocean all while soaking up some sunshine. But sometimes Mother Nature may disrupt your fun with a rainy afternoon or perhaps you need a break from the beach. When that occurs, catching a movie is the perfect way to spend a few hours relaxing, while being thoroughly entertained by the latest summer blockbuster. Looking for a flick jam-packed with action? A comedy that will have you clutching your sides with laughter? Or perhaps a thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat until the very end? Any of the available movie theaters in the Outer Banks will be sure to offer you those and other great movie choices. Don't forget to grab a soda and some delicious, buttery popcorn to munch on. Taking in a movie at the theater is a great activity on a rainy day or just for an exciting change of pace from the beach.Other Activities
Many people come to the Outer Banks to spend their days lounging about in the sand and surf but with so many fun and varied activities available in the area, they soon find themselves caught up in other forms of vacation fun. Water sports enthusiasts may want to spend hours zipping around the Pamlico Sound either kite boarding or windsurfing. Divers may be lured to the ocean depths by tales of famous shipwrecks and will want to check out some of the local diving companies to get a chance to explore the Atlantic Ocean. Those who prefer land-based activities can enjoy some of the beauty of the Outer Banks landscape on guided horseback rides through maritime forests and on the beach. Hang gliding is a thrilling activity to observe and is also available for those with permits. With many businesses offering these activities and so much more, there's no lack of great and varied activities that all will be able to enjoy on their Outer Banks vacation.Sightseeing Tours
The Outer Banks has some of the most beautiful scenery and landscapes you'll see on the East Coast and visitors can choose to see the sights by way of land, sea or air. Take in the full scope and beauty of the area with a biplane air tour or helicopter ride that will allow you to view the Outer Banks in a truly unique way. If you prefer to keep your feet firmly on the ground, perhaps indulge in a beach jeep tour. For a run and relaxing tour, try taking a guided horseback ride through maritime forests or along the ocean. Multiple water tours are available that allow you to catch a glimpse of dolphins, waterfowl and other creatures of the area. Whether you choose to tour the Outer Banks via boat, airplane, equine transport, jeep or by foot, you'll be sure to have a great time taking in sights that will be hard to see anywhere else.Youth Activities
Everyone looks forward to their vacation in the Outer Banks and the kids are no exception. With high levels of energy and excitement, they will definitely want to try everything and anything while visiting and thankfully the Outer Banks is not lacking in fun activities for the little ones and teenagers to enjoy. For those looking for some fun competition, laser tag and miniature golf may be just the ticket. Any child looking to get in touch with their creative side may enjoy creating and painting their own pottery and glass art as a wonderful souvenir. The young ones may also want to visit some of the many kite shops to gaze at the multitude of colorful kites, windsocks, twisters, spinners and more and perhaps pick out their very own to take to the beach and send soaring into the sky. These and many other fantastic activities are available for kids of all ages to participate in so boredom will definitely not be an issue on your next Outer Banks vacation.