Hurricane Joaquin OBX Update

Hello all.  Below is some footage of Hurricane Joaquin making his pass by the Outer Banks.  While he was quite far away, the effects are coupling with other storm systems and a pre-existing, saturated OBX.  The fragile stretch of highway 12 in Kitty Hawk by the Black Pelican was weakened by a strong Nor’ Easter earlier last week and finally gave in to the high tide yesterday.

Outer Banks Beach Report | August 28, 2015

It’s Friday on the Outer Banks – that’s a good thing!  Here are the sights and sounds from Kitty Hawk, NC.  The wind is coming strong around 10-15mph out of the NE, so that means plenty of warmth in the water but it’s looking pretty choppy.  The good news: no rain in sight!  There’s plenty to do as well this weekend if you’re looking for off the beach activities. Enjoy!

 

10 Things to do While Waiting to Check-in

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There are so many great things to do on the Outer Banks while waiting for your house to be ready. Such as…

  1. Set up a canopy and grab a cooler to hang out on the beach in Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, or Nags Head for the day.  (This way you can stay out of the stress of traffic and still have fun).
  2. Grab a bite to eat if you get here early at some of the most popular breakfast restaurants.  Our guests are eligible for big discounts at some!
  3. Fly kites on Jockey’s Ridge at milepost 12 in Nags Head.
  4. Make your way to Duck to do some shopping and sight-seeing at the boardwalk. Grab visitors guides, coupon books, and restaurant guides to really add to your first day experience.
  5. You can rent bikes and strollers to enjoy the nature trails that run through Duck and Corolla.
  6. If you would prefer to relax and not do a lot of walking around, set up on the pier with a fishing pole and a cooler.
  7. Set up an appointment to have pictures taken of you and your party out on the beach.. or try an old time photo!
  8. Rent jet skis, visit the aquarium, play laser tag, mini-golf, or make your way to Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands and have a fun ride on the ferry.
  9. Visit the lighthouses which are in Corolla, South Nags Head, Hatteras, and Ocracoke.
  10. The movie theater does matinee showings if you would prefer to be somewhere a little bit cooler.
  11. (bonus) Set up an adventure with the wild horse tours in Corolla (something for everyone to enjoy)!

As you can see, you can still enjoy your day while waiting for your home to be ready. At Southern Shores Realty, we want you to get the most out of your vacation. Please feel free to call our office when you arrive to leave your name and number with us. If the home becomes available before the normal 4 to 5 p.m. check in time , then we will give you a call. We look forward to your vacation!

Family Fun on the Outer Banks, Then and Now

Back in the day, the Outer Banks had plenty of entertaining places that any family could visit. There were six popular places that many people remember, and it’s sad to say they are extinct. As a kid, I remember only a few and it was mostly on our way to Rodanthe we would drive by them. I begged my mom to stop at one park in particular and she always said we would stop on the way back. It never happened because I was always asleep on the way back.

These places may be absent today, however, other establishments have made it to the Outer Banks. I would like to share with you the hippest places from past to present located on this beach. Whichever generation you fall under, take a step back in time and reminisce, or go check out the current attractions offered here. So let the flashbacks, or flash forwards begin!

The Extinct Places

Diamond Shoals Family Fun Park, Kill Devil Hills – This water park had three spiral water slides and batting cages. When the park closed, the workers would do their routine clean ups and stay after hours to ride the slides themselves.

Photo taken by Katie Fertal
Photo taken by Katie Fertal

Dowdy’s Amusement Park, Nags Head – This amusement park offered a Ferris wheel, tilt-a-whirl, a few kiddie rides, and go-karts. It lit up at night with the sounds of the rides that made sure it got your attention.

 

Photo taken by Martin Tiller Photography
Photo taken by Martin Tiller Photography

Footsball Palace, Nags Head – Many tokens were spent by bowlers, pool players, and pinball players.  Locals would say that this was the main hangout and meeting place.  The largest pinball “Hercules” was also played here.

 

Photo taken by Walter Gresham Photography
Photo taken by Walter Gresham Photography

Jockey’s Ridge Mini Golf, Nags Head – There is buried treasure underneath the sand dunes of Jockey’s Ridge. It amazes me that the shift of sand covered such a small happening mini golf spot. Will the wind ever uncover this gem again?

 

Photo taken by Walter Gresham Photography
Photo taken by Walter Gresham Photography

Surf Slide, Nags Head – A giant hill with four slides… You just had to make sure you stayed on the matts. I heard the slide was a blast but also a knee or elbow scraper. A walk up the hill and a fast slide down and you were cooling off in the kiddie pool.

 

Photo taken by Marc Feldstein
Photo taken by Marc Feldstein

Wet N’ Wild Bumper Boats, Kill Devil Hills – Originally, it was Barney’s Concrete Curl skate park then it was turned into Wet N’ Wild Bumper Boats. It often switched back and forth depending on the season. This was fun running into each other and making splashes.

 

Photo taken by Karen Haley
Photo taken by Karen Haley

The Nowaday Places

First Flight Adventure Park, Nags Head – Climb obstacle challenges and if you finish then you can zipline down. If you need a break then hang there check out the view of the sound. This is a full work out if you finish the whole course.

 

Photo taken by Karen Haley
Photo taken by Karen Haley

Gearworks Laser Tag, Nags Head – Laser tag anyone? What a great time to team up with friends and play against the opposite team. You can play the sniper or be the foot soldier in this course.

 

Photo taken by OBX Gearworks
Photo taken by OBX Gearworks

Lost Treasure Golf, Kill Devil Hills – Come play putt putt or take a ride in train. This place is huge so don’t get lost. They have a giant pirate ship and waterfalls too.

 

Photo taken by Crystal Polston
Photo taken by Crystal Polston

Outer Banks Paintball, Powells Point – Head over the Wright Memorial Bridge and you’ll find this gem about 10 minutes down the road on the right. Paintball is a lot of fun especially in the woods. Bring a gang of people and prepare to go to paintball war. Just keep an eye out for Big Foot!

 

Photo taken by Outer Banks Paintball
Photo taken by Outer Banks Paintball

Paradise Fun Park, Kill Devil Hills – This place has electric go-karts, bumper cars, putt putt, arcade games, and bungee trampoline. You will never get bored here.

 

Photo taken by Crystal Polston
Photo taken by Crystal Polston

Many of you have experienced the excitement and have great memories of these areas. If you have any good stories about them then please share in the comments below. If some of you never been to any of the present ones then you must check them out. Don’t forget that there are other places here that I have not mentioned so please go explore. There is always fun here on the Outer Banks!  You just got to find it and create your own memory with your family.

Outer Banks Beach Report | July 31, 2015

We <3 the Martin Street beach access in Kill Devil Hills!  Check out the sights and sounds including some pelicans crusing by.

Crystal’s breaking down the events for the upcoming weekend… there’s a Journey tribute concert, free movie night for the kids, and full moon lighthouse climbing tours!