Celebrating Labor Day in the Outer Banks

There are few places in the United States more lovely than the Outer Banks. Vacation rentals in North Carolina are always a good idea, and when it’s over a holiday like Labor Day, life can be really nice out there.

While COVID-19 sidelined most everyone in 2020, events are slowly returning to normal as we begin to come out of that pandemic. With the Delta variant on the rise, businesses are starting to return to mask mandates, and there will be fewer events this Labor Day in the Outer Banks and everywhere else, but there will still be things to do and fun to be had.

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The Best Outer Banks Beach Hacks for Your Vacation

There’s nothing quite like a beach vacation. The wind in your hair, the sand between your toes, the sound of the waves crashing against the shore. It’s what summer dreams are made of.

One of the best beaches on the East Coast of the U.S. is Outer Banks, North Carolina. The Outer Banks is technically a string of islands just off the coast of North Carolina, but locals and travelers alike have loved this area for its gorgeous beaches.

If you’re planning a beach trip soon, you should seriously consider visiting the Outer Banks as your destination. Plus, with the OBX beach hacks, we share in this article, you’ll have all of the knowledge you need to make this your best beach trip yet.

Get to OBX Early and Enjoy the Sights While You Wait

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New to the Outer Banks Dining Guide

Now that COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, it is time to get (safely) back out there! Some new dining options have come to the OBX and we are here to share the news. Keep reading to be one of the first to get the scoop on the new places! 

Noosa Beach Grille 

Now open 7 days a week! They are calling themselves a soon-to-be favorite and we believe them! The Grille is serving locally sourced, outer banks seafood and fresh innovative dishes. Noosa Beach Grille is actually an extension of owner’s Rob and Susan Stanovsek’s Noosa Bistro located in northeast Ohio, so we have a lot of faith in the experience of these owners. This is local cuisine with an international twist that will surely become an OBX favorite. Reservations are available on their website, so don’t miss out! 

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Celebrating the 4th of July in the Outer Banks

As we get closer and closer to those warm summer months, there are two things that many of us are looking forward to: the July 4th celebrations and a summer beach trip. For some, those two events will coincide this year in North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

This beautiful stretch of coastline is popular with tourists and is ready to go each year with lots of incredible events to keep you and your family entertained and give you a wonderful 4th of July vacation to remember.

With so many fun events and celebrations going on, it can be overwhelming to try and plan. You don’t want to miss or overlook anything, but you also can’t attend every event. Today, we’re going to help you narrow down a list of the best, most exciting events to put on your list for your 4th of July trip to the Outer Banks this year. 

Different Areas

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Splash Around at the H2OBX Waterpark

If you live in the Outer Banks area, get ready for new and exciting fun this summer! H2OBX is North Carolina’s new themed waterpark. It is Located at 8526 Caratoke Hwy in Powells Point and features over 30 attractions! With slides, rides, splashing, and swimming, this new Outer Banks waterpark will keep you and your family busy all summer long. 

What Makes H2OBX Special?

H2OBX is a one-of-a-kind waterpark, unlike anything you’ve seen. It comes packed with endless activities for thrill-seekers and for those looking to kick back and relax. Below are some of the most exciting rides at the park and what you can expect from each of them.

Thrilling Rides

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Sip Your Way Through the Lost Colony Wine Festival

The Lost Colony Wine Festival takes place on Roanoke Island inside the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, home to the USA’s longest-running outdoor drama, The Lost Colony.

Roanoke Island was where Queen Elizabeth I first attempted to instill a colony in North America near the end of the sixteenth century. The play The Lost Colony depicts the tale of this first colony, including the story of its mysterious disappearance and the birth of the first colonial child, Virginia Dare. The drama has been performed on this historic ground since 1937 and inspired the birth of the Lost Colony Wine Festival.

In celebration of this history and the legends surrounding the first colony, the Lost Colony Wine and Culinary Festival mixes historical facts and myth with palatial wine and delectable food. The festival is a time for appreciating food and drink with plenty of feasting and sampling, as well as encompassing the value and joy of narrative storytelling with live entertainment. 

The Vintner’s Dinner

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Romantic Things to Do in the Outer Banks

Outer Banks, NC, is a line of islands between mainland North Carolina and the Atlantic Ocean. With its multitude of natural scenery to explore, as well as its famous history, there is no shortage of romantic things to do in Outer Banks. 

Exploring the beaches, state parks, and shipwreck sites are some ideas. There are historical sites to visit, too, such as Roanoke Island, the Lost Colony. Adventurous couples can go parasailing, paddleboarding, and kayaking.

The North Carolina coast consists of six areas, including Kill Devil Hills & Nags Head, Ocracoke Island, and Southern Shores, among others. Each offers places to stay, eat, and play.

The following are 17 romantic things to do in Outer Banks, North Carolina.

1. Back Beach Wild Horse Tours

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Exploring the Outer Banks by Dune Buggy

Known for its long, sandy beaches, the Outer Banks is the perfect place for people looking to take a break from their everyday life. 

But OBX offers more than watching the sunset behind the Historic Corolla Park as you sip your drink of choice on an isolated beach. 

Besides swimming and checking out old shipwrecks, you can explore the entire Outer Banks by dune buggy. Renting one is super easy and is the perfect way to get the most out of your short OBX visit.

Here are a couple of tips on the best places to rent an OBX dune buggy and recommendations on where to go once you rent one.

Best Outer Banks Dune Buggy Rentals

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Searching For Sunsets in the Outer Banks

The Outer Banks is widely known for its amazing surf, history of the first flight, and much more. After spending a long day on the beach playing in the sand, walking the boardwalk, or just exploring all the OBX has to offer, you can relax and unwind by taking in the beautiful sunset. Of course one of the most breathtaking views on the island is watching the sunset over the Atlantic ocean. With so many options of places to see the sunset for spectacular views, it’s hard to just choose one. However, if you are visiting the Outer Banks for a few days, try out seeing a sunset from a different spot each day, you won’t be disappointed. Here are a few of our favorite places to see the most beautiful sunset on the island.

Bay Drive & Village of Nags Head Gazebos

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