How to Make the Most of Your Spring Break on the OBX

How to Make the Most of Your Spring Break on the OBX

So you and the family have some time off of work and school and are thinking about a spring break getaway. Great idea! The Outer Banks of North Carolina is just the place to be.

The question is, how can you optimize your vacation and family time while on the OBX? That's a very valid question and we have the answers. Here are some tried-and-true tips for making the most of your precious time spent during your OBX spring break with the family. 


The Right Rental 

Choose the right OBX rental for you.

This is well-deserved vacation time for you and your family. Make the most of it by first choosing exactly where you want to be on the Outer Banks. Since you spend a considerable amount of time in your accommodations during a vacation, you want it to give you the comforts of home combined with all of the perks and luxuries of a vacation. Talk to your family and find out what's important to them. After you discuss it, start searching for the perfect OBX rental for your family. 
There are a few ways you can do that.
Do you like to be in the center of all the action? Then a Nags Head vacation rental might be just for you. Want to be close to the famed OBX wild horses? Then our Corolla rentals are where you want to be. Do you like a quaint small-town feel with shops, restaurants, a park and a boardwalk to stroll? Then our Duck vacation rentals are worth checking out. If you know where you want to be, you can search OBX vacation rentals in that town and see the full listing of what we have to offer. Or take a look at the OBX Vacation Rental Map Search option to help get you started.

Once you know where you want to be, think about which amenities are important to your family. Vacation rentals allow you to personalize and customize your stay. You know best which amenities your family needs and wants. On Elan Vacations Create Your Vacation page, you can Search Rental Homes by Amenities and select filters to help you narrow down your search. This advance search option is a great tool to help you find the properties that have the amenities you desire, while filtering out the ones that don't meet your criteria. 

When considering which Outer Banks rental is right for you, you'll want to choose a size that is comfortable with the right sleeping arrangements for your family. Don't forget to allow enough bathrooms to make everyone happy and content. Decide how many bedrooms and baths you need in your rental and filter your search that way. Think about which of your kids will be sharing a room or if any of them will have their own. Plan for your young children's needs and where you prefer them to be in proximity to you. Sometimes parents choose to have younger children in rooms nearby while allowing teenagers more space and freedom on another level of the vacation home. 
However you decide to search and select your Outer Banks vacation rental is up to you. But just know that we are here to help if you have any questions or need guidance in finding the best accommodations for you and your family.


OBX Events 

Check out the local OBX events.

There is always so much to see, do and experience on your Outer Banks beach vacation. Before you arrive, be sure to see what's happening during the dates of your stay. You'll be surprised at how many free things to do there are for families. It's much easier to plan how you're going to spend your time if you know what your options are. 

Consider the ages of your kids and make sure you choose events and local activities that they'll enjoy. The good news is that with so many family-friendly events on the Outer Banks to choose from, there is something for everyone of every age. We think you'll find that most OBX events appeal to all of the age groups in your family from toddlers to teenagers to parents and grandparents.  

If you're looking for an excellent events resource, visit's Events and Things To Do page. It's awesome! It allows you to search OBX events by category, keyword and date range. Give it a try!


OBX Attractions 

Ask your family which OBX attractions they most want to see.

There are a lot of incredible Outer Banks attractions to see during your stay. After researching and knowing what's available to you, ask for your family's input on what they'd most like to see and do. You won't be able to do everything in one trip (which means you just have to come back), but you can as a family choose which OBX attractions are a top priority. 
Have each family member come up with a "top 3" list of things they'd like to see or do on your spring break trip. From there, consolidate the list and make a plan together of the top places you want to go and what works for your vacation time frame.
What are some of the most popular Outer Banks attractions to consider? Start by exploring these options:

  • Cape Hatteras National Seashore 
  • Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station Historic Site & Museum 
  • Fort Raleigh National Historic Site
  • Jennette's Fishing Pier
  • Jockey's Ridge State Park
  • Lost Colony
  • NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island
  • Outer Banks Lighthouses
  • Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge
  • Wild Mustangs on the Beach in Carova
  • Wright Brothers National Memorial
Of course you'll want to leave time for the beach, watersports, tours, dining out, golf and mini golf, and any other coastal family fun you want to have. See, there's a lot! Explore your Outer Banks adventure options here


That's why you need to have some kind of vacation plan. Which brings us to our next point....


Stay Open-Ended 

Have a vacation plan, but stay open-ended.

You definitely want to have some kind of vacation plan to help you plan and manage your time, energy and money. Not one that's too rigid, but definitely an idea of how, when and where you'll be spending your time. Research and plan your big activities in advance whenever possible. Also take advantage of online specials and discounts and book in advance of your arrival to help stretch those vacation dollars and get the most bang for your buck. 

Just be careful that don't overplan your time. It's easy to do when there is so much to do. This is a vacation after all and it should feel like one, so you don't want to be rushing to and fro trying to squeeze in too many things while running everyone ragged. 
It's also important to be flexible and expect that things may not always go as smoothly as planned. Family vacations need a lot of leeway for open-ended possibilities, changes of plans, and spur of the moment opportunities that may (and will) arise. Sometimes these spontaneous adventures are the times when the best vacation memories are made. Be ready and willing to go with the flow.

Allow Downtime 

Allow downtime for everyone. 

And now take a deep breath. Look at your vacation as a whole. You have your accommodations, you have a list of attractions and things to do, you have some fun family adventures on the horizon. But do you have enough downtime? Do you have breaks strategically placed as to avoid an overly busy vacation?
You need to. You have two big advantages on an Outer Banks vacation that help to you to incorporate downtime quickly and easily: your OBX rental and the beach. Both places are havens for rest, relaxation and rejuvenation. Use them to your advantage!
Remember that everyone in your family is on vacation and everyone has different needs. Obviously babies and toddlers need naps and more rest, but that doesn't mean that teenagers and parents don't deserve some well-deserved quiet time to do as they please whether it's sleeping in, relaxing on the beach, catching up on some reading, or just taking it easy on the deck. 

Spend some family time in with game nights, movie nights, cooking and eating some meals in your rental kitchen, and just hanging out in the comfort of your vacation rental. It's not only a time for winding down but also for spending quality time with the ones you love the most.
This is a special time with memories in the making that will last a lifetime. You want them to be the best! Try out these recommendations on your Outer Banks spring break or any family beach vacation, and let us know how it goes.    

How do you make the most of your vacation time on the Outer Banks? We'd love to know!

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