When it comes to planning a family vacation, we understand how difficult it can be for some parents to convince their children to ditch the electronics and have some un-plugged fun in the sun. So if you’re in the midst of planning a trip out to the Outer Banks, chances are you’re pretty curious as to what the area has to offer for the younger ones. After all, certain events may not be appropriate for small children, and a nice relaxing day of sun bathing at the beach is likely not their idea of a good time. Luckily for you, we have a great idea that just might be able to peak your child’s interest.
Hang gliding lessons for kids through Kitty Hawk Kites is a must try when you’re in the Outer Banks. Honestly, who wouldn’t like to feel like they’re flying? These lessons are perfect for adventurous, fun-loving children as young as four years old and under 75 pounds – all they have to do is be able to follow simple instructions and the Kitty Hawk instructors will make sure that they have a safe and exciting ride!
The kids’ hang gliding lesson is three hours long and starts with roughly an hour of ground school, where the kids will watch a training video. From there, your children and their instructors will head out to the sand dunes Jockey’s Ridge State Park, where Kitty Hawk has been giving lessons for over 25 years. Once to the top of the dunes, the solo hang gliding flights begin as the instructors are there to help get your child into the harness, give some last minute instructions and help them launch.
Running into the wind, they will travel anywhere from 30-100+ yards (depending on the wind conditions) at 5-15 feet above the ground. Each trip down the dune is referred to as a “flight” and five flights are included in all standard beginner lessons, which cost $99.
Trust us when we say that this is one experience that your kids will never forget! It won’t take long after the first flight for them to dub you as the best parents ever and beg for the next family vacation to the Outer Banks!