Amazing Adventures You Have to Try on the OBX

Amazing Adventures

For some people, vacation isn't about lying on the beach with a cold drink and a great novel. In fact, for these folks, the very idea of sitting still isn't relaxing at all. You know who you are; the thrill seekers, the adrenaline junkies, the "go big or go home" crowd. We know the Outer Banks is known for tranquil beaches, beautiful sunsets, and great food, and all of that is still here for you when you're done with the day's adventures. But, for those of you who want to leave your OBX vacation with an SD Card full of great GoPro video, this blog is for you. Today we share with you 5 amazing adventures you won't want to miss during your Outer Banks vacation.   

Sky Diving 

1- Skydiving

Let's jump right in, or should we say out. Ok, it was a bad joke but if you are ready to cross off that bucket list item of skydiving then the OBX is the perfect place for you. Of course, this is not for the faint of heart and only the serious adrenaline junky will be able to face their fears standing in the door of a perfectly good airplane at 9,000 feet and wanting to jump out of it! However, great rewards come to those who take great risks or something like that, and skydiving offers a spectacular once in a lifetime opportunity to get a big reward.  Let's get in the air.

Right here in Dare County, you can find local skydivers gathering our local airport in Manteo which is just a few minutes drive from any of our amazing Outer Banks vacation rentals. With years of experience skydiving on the Outer Banks, the folks at Skydive OBX have a reputation for safety and thrilling experiences. If it is your first time skydiving you'll have to jump in a tandem setup. A tandem setup is where you're attached to an experienced skydiver. Since you are leaving from Manteo and jumping over the OBX you'll have an incredible view that few people ever have the opportunity to see during there OBX vacation. This is also a great holiday gift idea for those adrenaline junkies in the family. Here is everything you need to know to get started:

Make sure to arrive thirty minutes early to fill out paperwork and receive instruction from the jumpmaster. You'll be jumping from 9600 feet so the views will be breathtaking but it will be cool even in summer so dress in layers. There is a spectator area on the landing zone so make sure to invite friends and family members.  You must be at least 18 years of age, and there is a weight limit of 230lbs. A tandem skydive costs $249.00 and they do offer group discounts and military discounts. Make sure to add the video/picture package as you are going to want to capture this moment forever. You can contact Skydive OBX with the information below. 

Skydive OBX
Dare County Regional Airport
405 Airport Road, Manteo, NC 
(252) 678-JUMP


Hang Gliding 

2- Hang Gliding

Kill Devil Hills is the birthplace of aviation and today you can give a nod to the Wright Brothers, albeit in a more controlled manner by enjoying a day of Hang Gliding of the beautiful dunes at Jockey's Ridge State Park. With gentle slopes and steady winds, the dunes at the Jockey's Ridge State Park are the perfect place to learn how to Hang Glide. The gentle consistent breezes flowing off the Atlantic the area offers ideal conditions for hang gliders. Of course, having wide expanses of soft sand to land on doesn't hurt the confidence levels either. However, you should have no fear, as you are in great hands with the staff at Kitty Hawk Kites. In no time they will have you feeling what the Wright Brothers must have felt on that fateful day so many years ago. Here is what you need to know to take one step closer to flight:

 Prices for hang gliding lessons are relatively inexpensive with a three-hour lesson costing about $100.00. You don't have to be an adult to hang glide as there are kids lessons available which make this a great activity for the whole family. Safety first, is not just a slogan, it is a reality and Kitty Hawk Kites wants to make sure you have a great experience, so all lessons and flying are weather permitting. Make sure to arrive early to sign paperwork. All equipment is provided by Kitty Hawk Kites.  Make sure to check out the option to rent a GoPro as you'll want to document your first flight for friends and family. I mean who will believe you were hang gliding on your vacation!

Kitty Hawk Kites

Jockey's Ridge State Park 

Carolista Drive, Nags Head, NC 

(877) FLY-THIS


3- Kiteboarding

If you like the waves, surfing and harnessing the power of the wind then this exciting sport is going to be right up your adrenaline-charged alley. Kiteboarding can be fast, really fast. With speeds reaching upwards of 45 mph and with the ability to jump almost a hundred feet in the air this is a sport for those who like to push their physical limits. With lots of great places to kiteboard, the OBX is a kiteboarding paradise. But there is a special place, where kiteboarders gather for steady winds, calm waters and adrenaline filled day. You'll definitely want to head south on NC Hwy 12 to Hatteras Island to the small town of Waves, no we didn't make that up, the town is actually named Waves and you are going to love it. Not only is Waves a great little village worthy of a visit on any OBX vacation but it is also the home of Real Watersports. On this adventure, you don't need to bring anything but your guts, sunscreen and a bathing suit, the nice folks at Real Watersports will provide you with everything else you need to get on the water and start kiteboarding. A few details will help make your day a little smoother:

Private lessons will run about $500 for a half day. Semi-private lessons are $350.00 per half day and guaranteed to have two students to one instructor ratio. All equipment is included. Make sure to bring water this is a very physically demanding sport. Which is also means you need to be physically able to do this sport, and if you have any doubt you should check with your doctor first. There is a three-day kids camp which is a great way for the little ones to learn at the hands of the some of the best instructors in the industry. For more information give them a call or check out their website. You'll find the staff friendly and very interested in your success.  

Real Watersports 

25706 Highway 12, Waves, NC 

(252) 987-6000

Jet Skiing 

4- Jet Skiing 

If you like a little, or a lot of wind in your hair while enjoying the thrill of skimming across the water at high-speeds then Jet Skiing is perfect for you. With so much beautiful water, there are tons of different places and ways to enjoy jet skiing on the Outer Banks. From calm inland water to the open Atlantic, or maybe a gentle ride exploring the ICW is your speed, either way, you'll find it here on the OBX. With boatloads of public boat ramps offering easy access to the local waters, there is no better place to bring your family jet ski on vacation then the Outer Banks of North Carolina but sometimes it is just easier to rent one from one of the local shops. If you are looking to rent a jetski find your way over to Head over to Kitty Hawk Watersports in Nags Head. Kitty Hawk Watersports has a wide selection of jet skis to choose from with many able to carry three people at a time. Make sure to have an adult driver for each jetski you wish to rent. All PFDs and equipment are provided. If you are wanting something different try one of their adventure tours. If you want to have a jetski for a week or during your entire vacation they will deliver a jetski to your OBX vacation rental so now you have no excuse for not getting out on the water. 

Kitty Hawk Watersports

6920 S. Croatan Highway, Nags Head, NC

(252) 441-2756



5- Parasailing

Ever wonder what the Outer Banks looks like from a few hundred feet up? Well, now you can, while parasailing along the incredible sound waters of the OBX. For those of you who don't know it, parasailing is a fun and adventurous activity that few people get to experience but none forget. Essentially you are in a harness attached to a parachute that is then towed along the waterways by boat. Don't worry you don't get wet.  Make sure to bring the camera because you are in for some highflying scenery that you won't want to miss. Here are a few details about Parasailing on the Outer Banks. Causway Water Sports is a great vendor that provides a host of trips that you and your family can enjoy. They even have parasailing setups that can take tandems up adding to the excitement. Rates vary depending on the height you wish to go, which is generally either 500 or 1000 feet up. Flights last approximately 15 minutes and are only able to run weather permitting. An average 500-foot flight costs $65.00 for a double, but remember they have rigs that can take up to three people at a time! Give the folks at Causeway Water Sports a call today to get started. 

Causeway Water Sports

7649 S. Virginia Dare Trail

Nags Head, NC 

(252) 441-8875

It may be cold outside and the water temps may not be ideal for kiteboarding, or jet skiing, but have no fear old man winter can only hang on for so long. Those beautiful OBX summer days are not far off and now is the perfect time to start planning your next OBX vacation. With more rentals, great locations, and incredible amenities make sure to book one of our Outer Banks Vacation rentals today. 



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