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Enough to do with 12 & 14 year old kids?

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Enough to do with 12 & 14 year old kids?

We're torn between Hatteras Island and Ocean City, MD for a vacation spot with our kids for 3 days in June. We'll be coming from 4 days in DC, so will be ready to take it easy, but would like to have a few things available for us to do after a day at the beach. I can't tell if there's much to do, or restaurants to eat at in Hatteras Island. Any opinions? Has anyone been to both of these places?

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1. Re: Enough to do with 12 & 14 year old kids?

Ocean City and Outer Banks are pretty different areas. The Outer Banks has lots to see and do and there are several restaurants in the Hatteras area. I am thinking you would be a lot closer to the things to do and places to go if you were in Nags Head or Kitty Hawk areas. The beaches are fine and there are many many more places to eat and places to go and shop plus you can always drive south to Hatteras or north to Corolla for a day trip. Manteo has places to go and see as well and it is close to Nags Head.

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2. Re: Enough to do with 12 & 14 year old kids?

Depends on do you want to relax and get laid back Hatteras Style or do you want to contend with the Five Lanes of Death Aka The Bypass. I choose HI Everytime....

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3. Re: Enough to do with 12 & 14 year old kids?

Thanks for the input!! Cape Hatteras it is! Didn't even thnk about the traffic in MD.

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4. Re: Enough to do with 12 & 14 year old kids?

OBX is correct--there are more "things to do" at the north end of the island (Nags Head/Kill Devil Hills/Kitty Hawk area), while the southern villages are much more remote. So it just depends on how laid back you want to be. With kids, I'd definitely suggest staying closer to the "action". These things are in or near the NH/KDH/KH area:

--Jockey's Ridge, lots of fun to hike around and watch the hang gliders (or even try it yourself)

--Wright Bros. memorial, fascinating for kids and adults

--the town of Manteo, where there's lots of history to explore (including pirates!)

--the Lost Colony outdoor drama

--Fort Raleigh and the Elizabethan Gardens

Just to name a few. There are also plenty of restaurants, shops, etc. in this area.

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