Outer Banks #1 Best Family Beach Vacations in the USA


If you read our blog from last month, you may remember our announcement that the Outer Banks ranked #5 among the top beaches in the USA. Well, the OBX is moving on up in the world! We’re excited to announce this month that the Outer Banks has placed first as the Best Family Beach Vacation in the USA by travel.usnews.com. As thrilled as we were to hear this, we can’t say that we were surprised! Over the years, Élan Vacations has loved being able to help numerous happy families find their perfect beach vacation here in the Outer Banks. We’re always thrilled to serve those families, and even more thrilled to see their happy faces when they arrive. With a ton of family friendly activities, and tons of spacious and beautiful vacation beach rentals to choosethat the Outer Banks has placed first as the Best Family Beach Vacation in the USA by travel.usnews.com from, we believe that the Outer Banks really is the best family beach vacation.

When you vacation in Outer Banks, you will have a large variety of fun events and activities to choose from. Here at Élan Vacations, we want you to make the best of your vacation in Outer Banks. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best family-oriented things to do while you’re staying with us.

Kick back on one of our beaches! You can’t vacation in the Outer Banks and not spend at least one of your days relaxing at the beach. Our beaches stretch for 90 miles, and are known for being both clean and family-friendly. Unlike other popular beach towns, you won’t be hard-pressed to find an uncrowded spot to park your cooler, towels, sunscreen and flip flops. Almost all of the beaches should have a lifeguard on duty from Memorial Day to Labor Day, unless you’re looking to relax on one of the more private beaches in Duck.

Learn how to surf! Kids will be dying to tell their friends back home that they learned how to "hang ten” while on their vacation in Outer Banks. There are several locations up and down the Outer Banks where kids of all ages and abilities can pick up a board and learn to surf under the guidance of experienced and professional local surfers. Try Corolla Surf School in Corolla or Kitty Hawk Kites in Kitty Hawk, Nags Head or Rodanthe and spend your day catching waves and cheering each other on with the rest of the family.

Check out the Aquarium! At North Carolina Aquarium at Roanoke Island the entire family can delight in feeding sting rays or wonder at the largest collection of sharks in the state. There is also a new interactive, hands-on exhibit Operation: Sea Turtle Rescue that you and the kids won’t want to miss out on! Other exhibit galleries to see during your vacation in Outer Banks include Coastal Freshwaters, Wetlands on the Edge, and Close Encounters.

Spend the day at Jockey’s Ridge! Jockey’s Ridge is the most popular attraction in Nags Head and is home of the tallest sand dune system in the eastern U.S. Make fond memories during your vacation in Outer Banks and spend the day laughing and tumbling down rolling hills of sand. Go for a short walk or bask in the photogenic scenery that Jockey’s Ridge has to offer. Also at the park, Kitty Hawk Kites offers beginner hang gliding lessons for the whole family. What better way to spend family time than soaring over picturesque dunes on a gorgeous day?

With all sorts of fun and exciting things to do for the whole family, it’s no wonder that the Outer Banks places first as the Best Family Beach Vacation. Here at Élan Vacations, we want your vacation in Outer Banks to be the best that it can be. Stay at one of our spacious rentals and spend some quality time with your family during this year’s vacation. We know that your vacation in Outer Banks will remain a fond memory in all of the years to come!