Home to a vibrant history that dates back hundreds of years, the Outer Banks has an endless number of museums and memorials dedicated to the areas many historical subjects. All great places for families of all ages to visit, the museums you choose to go to will depend on your specific interests. Whether your family is looking to learn more about the first flight or is looking to explore the mysteries of Roanoke Island, there is a historical site that you will love right near our Nags Head location.
One of England’s first settlements in North America, Fort Raleigh was inhabited from 1584 to 1590. Located on Roanoke Island – just 15 minutes from our Surf Side Hotel – the site is home to monuments and trails for guests to explore while they learn more about the areas rich history.
Also located on Roanoke Island, Roanoke Island Festival Park is an interactive space that families with young children will especially enjoy. With an adventure museum geared specifically towards children, a settlement site, Native American village and 16th century ship, your family will have a blast playing as they learn all about the area’s history.
Learn all about the Outer Banks’ maritime civil war history with ever-changing interactive exhibits and lecture series at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum. Looking to get your young children excited about history? There is even a daily scavenger hunt on site that they will love!
Head to nearby Kitty Hawk, North Carolina to see the very spot that Orville and Wilbur Wright first took flight! Explore the Wright Brothers National Memorial, visiting the exact spots they took off and landing, seating yourself in a model of their flying machine and learning more about their achievements at the site’s visitor center. Children can even pick up junior ranger booklets at the front desk for a one-of-a-kind site experience.
There are so many opportunities for exploration and learning in the Outer Banks, which is why it is such a wonderful place for families to visit! If you are planning a visit to the area, stay with Seaboard Hotels at our Surf Side Hotel location. Located in Nags Head, North Carolina we are right on the ocean – and nearby all of the area’s most exciting historical exhibits.