Outer Banks, NC  - Vacation Travel Guide

  View Mobile Site | Advertise With Us |  OTHER DESTINATIONS
Sunny Day
Coupons
Free Guide
Check the local...
Attractions & Activities
Fishing
  Tide Charts
Nightlife
Rentals & Services
Restaurants & Dining
Shopping
Stay local...
Bed & Breakfasts 
Campgrounds & RV Parks 
Hotels & Motels 
Resorts 
Vacation Rentals 

Get Local Coupons

download coupons
Events Calendar
<< < November 2018 > >>
S M T W T F S
        1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30  

 

Outer Banks Area Features

Kill Devil Hills, NC

Many vacationers to the Outer Banks find the name of this small town, Kill Devil Hills, bizarre and wonder how it originated. Back when pirates sailed the waters, it is believed that they concealed enough strong rum in the region to “kill the devil.” This area was a great hideaway location for pirates since the sand dunes provided a natural cover. Apparently, the legend stuck and the town, which wasn’t even incorporated until 1953, got its name. Before then, this area was considered part of Kitty Hawk, and that is why history correctly records Kitty Hawk as the location of the world’s first controlled flight in 1903. However, the site where the Wright Brothers soared their plane is actually in the present-day town of Kill Devil Hills. In addition to that historic site, there are numerous places in KDH where vacationers can find enjoyable things-to-do and unique ways to spend the day.

Celebrate the Spirit of Flight

With a visit to Kill Devil Hills, the Wright Brothers National Memorial should not be missed. Back in 1903 when the brothers made history, Kill Devil Hills referred to the nearby sand dunes since the town, as we currently know it, hadn’t become a municipality yet. Kitty Hawk is four miles to the north and at that time was known as the location of the first flight. In present-day Kill Devil Hills, not only is the field marked with the site where Orville and Wilbur Wright achieved their goal of flight, but a replica scene re-creates it perfectly. Plus, the museum is pretty amazing. The tour guides are extremely knowledgeable and the history that can be learned from a short visit is both invaluable and interesting. 

Find Fun after the Sun Sets

In the evening hours, Kill Devil Hills offers some exciting nightlife activities. Perhaps a journey into the world of the supernatural is something the family finds intriguing. Take a spooky ghost walk and listen to spine-tingling stories while possibly experiencing inexplicable happenings. Meander by locations in Kill Devil Hills where tragic events kept spirits from departing this world. You’re also likely to hear about some classic regional stories including the tale of the man in gray. This famous Confederate ghost helpfully warns residents and visitors of impending hurricanes on Hatteras Island. His story and more are ingrained in Outer Banks lore. Or, “die laughing” and participate in a classic “Who done it?” case. Enjoy dinner and a show at a murder mystery theater. Follow the clues laid out by the cast in an attempt to solve the puzzle. The nights will certainly be enjoyable with evening entertainments like these.

Leave a Message of Hope

If you would like to leave your own mark in the area, you can do so subtly by leaving a note, a poem, or even random personal thoughts in a journal stored in the Little Red Mailbox. Founded by Sue and Eddie Goodrich, the mailbox is located at Glenmere Public Beach Access at MP 8. Through reading the messages or by leaving one, the mailbox is meant to give hope, inspire, and even comfort people in the area. (Visit the Town Hall’s digital archive that records all of the journals and notes for future generations to read and cherish.) Stop by and find serenity by the sea through your own thoughts and writings.

Make a Hole-in-One

For fun and entertainment, challenge the family to a game of miniature golf! Whether your group is skilled enough to ace the holes in one shot or if you end up fishing golf balls out of water hazards, you’re bound to have a great time. Each course in the area has its own theme with scenic depictions like treasure hunting or tropical adventures. Putt your way around the course—through the challenges and obstacles to see who wins. Maybe a stop for locally made ice cream or frozen custard afterwards can be offered as a prize for everyone.

Find Fun After the Sun Sets

In the evening hours, Kill Devil Hills offers some exciting nightlife activities. Perhaps a journey into the world of the supernatural is something the family might find intriguing. Take a spooky ghost walk and listen to spine-tingling stories while possibly experiencing inexplicable happenings. Meander by locations in Kill Devil Hills where tragic events kept spirits from departing this world. You’re also likely to hear about some classic regional stories including the tale of the man in gray. This famous Confederate ghost helpfully warns residents and visitors of impending hurricanes on Hatteras Island. His story and more are ingrained in Outer Banks lore. Or, “die laughing” and participate in a classic “Who done it?” case. Enjoy dinner and a show at a murder mystery theater. Follow the clues laid out by the cast in an attempt to solve the puzzle. The nights will certainly be enjoyable with evening entertainments like these.

Pick Up an OBX Memento

Others seek their own personal comfort in browsing stores for a unique gift for themselves or someone back home. Fortunately, Kill Devil Hills has some cool shops to choose from. Take home OBX branded merchandise such as a bathing suit, hoodie or t-shirt. Perhaps an impulse purchase of a lighthouse replica or a nautical picture frame could easily find its way into your shopping basket. Beach necessities including towels, toys, sunscreen and rafts are also available for purchase throughout the town. Need something for Fido or a box of chocolates to take back to friends and family? You’re in luck! Boutique stores that sell specialty items can be found in KDH. There’s even a drive-through store where beer can be purchased. You’ll want for nothing after a trip to one of these local stores!

Did You Know?

The small town of Kill Devil Hills, which has merely 6,000 residents, became incorporated in 1953. But where did this town’s strange name come from? Back when pirates sailed the waters, it is believed that they concealed enough strong rum in the region to “kill the devil.” This area was a great location since the sand dunes provided a natural hideaway. Apparently, the legend stuck and the town got its name.

Get Connected
Find Us On Facebook  Follow Us On Twitter  Follow Us On YouTube  Find Us On Facebook  Find Us On Pinterest