Rodanthe doesn't have much to offer a family on vacation. It appears that much of the island area is closed or destroyed. The houses are nice and we rented a beautiful sound side beach house. We had great weather but if we hadn't I have no idea what we would have done with out 2 four year olds, two year old and two infants. We spend our days at our pool/ hot tub and private beach access. I think its a beautiful area for kite surfers, fisherman and maybe a quiet get away for a couple. Sept/ early Oct was a beautiful time of year to travel to this part or NC. We will be back but will be staying further north in the kitty hawk/ Duck area. FYI: things are very expensive here!