Sign In / Join
My Favs (0) 800.237.1138

Kid Friendly Travel

Two toddlers in blue and white jumpers stand at the edge of the shore facing the ocean on a beach on Hatteras Island, NC

Outer Banks Family Vacation Activities Guide

If it's been a while since you escaped life's distractions to spend quality time together as a family, now is the perfect time to pack your bags and get away. If you're planning a family vacation to the Outer Banks, there's no better destination than Hatteras Island. With its combination of sun, sand, and surf, there are plenty of activities your whole family will love.

Explore the Sand in Family-Friendly Outer Banks

Thanks to its unique coastal location, Hatteras Island offers miles of shoreline for you to relax and enjoy. Let your kids' imaginations run wild as they build sandcastles, play in the water, and have fun looking for shells and other treasures on the soft sand. When it's time to cool off, visit the family-friendly Salvo Day Use Area, perfect for young children who love splashing around in shallow water. Bring a raft, inner tube, or boogie board for added fun.

Aquatic Adventures for the Whole Family

Exploring the beach on a board is a quintessential Hatteras Island activity for young thrill-seekers. Boogie boards and skimboards are a great way to introduce your child to board sports. Once they've got their wave-riding technique down, they might want to try their hand at surfing or even kiteboarding. For kiteboarding beginners, the easy-going Pamlico Sound is the perfect playground for learning to ride the wind and waves.

Enjoy quality time as a family by fishing on Hatteras Island. Local fishing piers, including the Rodanthe Pier and Avon Fishing Pier, are some of the best spots to cast your line. We recommend getting there early to secure your part of the pier. These are also great spots to watch the sunset! You can also take a boat out to the fish-laden inlets and sound waters or cast into the surf from the beach. The fishing possibilities are truly endless! If you need a fishing pole handy, Hatteras Island is home to plenty of local tackle shops that can provide you with the perfect rod for your fishing adventure.

Young couple in white shirts, blue jeans, and bare feet swing a toddler between them walking on the beach by the ocean
Kid Friendly Box3 Trio Kids Beach 960X600 260K

What to See on Hatteras Island

Hatteras Island's beauty isn't limited to the sandy shoreline. As one of the most sought-after destinations on the Outer Banks, the island has countless attractions for your family to discover. Immerse yourself in the rich maritime history and be enchanted by the iconic lighthouses that guided ships through Outer Banks waterways, like Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and Bodie Island Lighthouse. These remarkable structures serve as timeless testaments to the area's captivating past. The lighthouses also make the perfect background for your family photo!

Escape the hustle and bustle of modern life and reconnect with nature on Hatteras Island. Delight in the remarkable diversity of bird species at the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. Spend a day exploring all there is to do and see inside Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area, including hiking the trails and making s'mores around a beach bonfire. Head up the beach to Jockey's Ridge State Park and watch as your children unleash their creativity and excitement while keeping their kites soaring high above the dunes. 

Quality Family Time Never Stops on Your Hatteras Island Vacation

Hatteras Island's remarkable beaches and plentiful activities help make for an unforgettable family vacation. Browse our homes to start planning your dream getaway with a Surf or Sound Realty vacation rental today!