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OBX newbie

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OBX newbie

I'm taking my family on an adventure by trying something new this year. I'm a little nervous and am looking for tips, hints, advice on what would be fun for our girls (14, 13, and 4). We already have our rental. It's in Buxley (?). Are paddleboard rentals expensive? Please help!

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1. Re: OBX newbie

I think you mean Buxton; it's a lovely area of the OBX. I think you'll get more/better advice if you post to the Buxton forum... tripadvisor.com/ShowForum-g48993-i2287-Buxto…

Takes a bit of driving, but things my girls(now 20 & 24 yr.olds) really enjoyed when they were younger:

http://roanokeisland.com/ http://www.jockeysridgestatepark.com/ also taking the ferry to Ocracoke Island http://www.ocracokevillage.com/ , seeing the horses nps.gov/caha/…ocracokeponies.htm , climbing the lighthouse, etc.

Have fun!

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2. Re: OBX newbie

There is a lot to do in the more "touristy" area near Nags Head/Kill Devil Hills (if that is in your window of travel). Some examples include the First Flight Museum, the Elizabethan Gardens, the Aquarium, the First Colony site and play, Jockey's Ridge, and some decent restaurants. There is also a Pirate boat experience that I bet the younger ones will enjoy (make reservations if going during a busy season!).

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3. Re: OBX newbie

Well, in Buxton, you should definitely go see the Cape Hatteras lighthouse (nps.gov/caha/…cape-hatteras-light-station.htm) and climb it since it's so close. They also have a little museum you can check out.

I agree with the other suggestions of going to see the Lost Colony (http://thelostcolony.org), Jockey's Ridge, Wright Bros, etc.

This site (https://www.visitnc.com/outer-banks-currituck) has a good overview of attractions on the OBX. Buxton is not in the most touristy area, but I'm sure there's plenty to keep you entertained. It's a great place to relax and play in the sand and surf. Very cute little town, too.

Edited: 27 June 2014, 14:35
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4. Re: OBX newbie

We chose Buxton for that very reason. We aren't fond of fighting for beach space. This will be the first time we (hopefully) won't have that problem.

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5. Re: OBX newbie

When we go to the OBX, we go to the Buxton area for the same reasons, it is a great escape from from the usual touristy, more crowded OBX beach areas.(of course, we've got other uncrowded beaches in NC, that are better/ calmer water beaches; Holden Beach in the Southern Brunswick Islands of NC is the best; not just my opinion, Dr. Beach agrees! Very laid back, and never crowded)

When staying in Buxton, we take a couple of "day trips" to see the historic, etc. sites in other areas, it's mostly nice, very scenic drives(or cool ferry rides).

I agree on the additions of the Wright Brothers site, the Aquarium, and of course the Cape Hatteras lighthouse, in my earlier post I only listed the sites my girls enjoyed the(very) most. But while others have recommended The Lost Colony, I recommend researching further before deciding on that. My husband and I love it, but our girls, when younger, did not enjoy, and they were not alone, I think most every child/teenager in the audience was squirming, talking, and/or getting out of their seats; it was especially difficult for the younger kids. Unless I had a child/children who I knew loved live (historic) theater, I personally wouldn't waste my money taking kids, from what I've seen, most don't enjoy, and they distract those who are trying to enjoy.

One last comment, you mentioned paddle boards, with the strong currents in that area, I would think the only safe area to paddle board would be in the Sound? ..of course the only place I've tried paddle boarding is the Florida Keys, which was wonderful, perfectly clear waters, very calm and peaceful.... very different from the OBX. I still love my kayak more, though. :)

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