There are plenty of fun and engaging things to do with your family pet while you are staying in your Outer Banks vacation rental. After all those warm naps on the beach, your dog will appreciate a trip to one of these interactive attractions so that they can stretch out those four legs and meet other tail-wagging new friends!
Kitty Hawk Dog Park
This park is owned by Dare County and requires an application completed ahead of time. Here is a link to the application with instructions for its submission.
Whalehead Club- Currituck Heritage Park (252) 453-9040
Leashed pets are welcomed on the grounds of the Currituck Heritage Park. The 39 acres of historical property includes the Center for Wildlife Education, restored Whalehead Club, and wide fields of green grass that your pet is totally going to love. Learn about the Historical Culture in this unique park by taking a tour of the restored Whalehead Club museum, and the Currituck Beach Lighthouse. Also, be sure to check their summer schedule of fun events for interesting activities that vary from wine festivals to activities for the entire family!
The Wright Brother National Memorial (252) 453-2111
The Wright Brother National Memorial is definitely an attraction for everyone in the family including your pet. Learn how Wilbur and Orville Wright flew successfully for the first time by viewing exhibits and artifacts on the development of their flying machines in the Visitors Center. Discover the Outer Banks during this time era up to now, and go back in time in the living quarters of the two inventors. Most importantly, take a walk with your happy pet to the actual memorial for pictures and great views of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
Jockeys Ridge State Park (252) 441-7132
Often referred to as "The Living Dune", Jockeys Ridge State Park is an incredible attraction to visit. Southern Shores Realty believes that if you do not make a visit during your stay on the Outer Banks, you trip is simply incomplete. It's fantastic and completely full of fun that each family member will enjoy! Fly a kite at the extreme top of the dune, learn to hang glide, enjoy a guided tour throughout the maritime thicket, dunes, and Roanoke Sound Estuary, or participate in one of the FREE programs offered. Your pet will enjoy this nationally known State Park as much as the children, if not more. Be cautious, for if the sand is hot enough for you to put flip flops on, it is too hot for your dog's paws. Jockeys Ridge is located in Nags Head adjacent to the infamous Kitty Hawk Kites Nags Head Store.
Fort Raleigh National Historic Site (252) 473-5772
This is the location of the first English Settlement, and home to the first outdoor drama that most of you have more than likely heard of, The Lost Colony. You leash may not exceed 6 feet, but having your pet close isn't a bad thing. You'll discover more information about the Outer Banks than you ever realized when you visit this historical site.
Roanoke Island Festival Park (252) 475-1500
You can enjoy a nice stroll through this village like park with your vacationing pup while at the same viewing multiple fascinating exhibits. Located across from the Manteo waterfront, Roanoke Island Festival Park luckily overdoes it throughout the summer with exciting events and art shows. Your dog must be leashed, and is allowed on the boardwalks only.
Cape Hatteras National Seashore (252) 473-2111
The Cape Hatteras National Seashore is located South of Nags Head, and will require a little a bit of driving. Although, the scene from here to there is to die for. Dogs are welcomed any time of the year as long as they are leashed (not exceeding six feet.) This is one of the most beautiful places on earth you will ever see. The pristine beaches are beyond gorgeous; definitely, something you want to experience while on the Outer Banks. Your family will love having the dog tag along on this trip! Also, be sure to make a visit to the tallest lighthouse in the nation and the famous symbol of North Carolina, the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse.