Regardless of season, the Outer Banks is a beautiful area to vacation. Rich in local history the area offers a treasure trove of memorable experiences for couples and families alike.
Located in Nags Head, North Carolina, Jockey’s Ridge State Park is an ever-changing expanse of sand dunes. Jockey’s Ridge is the tallest active sand dune system in the Eastern United States, and the most striking of the remaining dunes on the Outer Banks. Shifting winds are constantly reshaping the dunes. Because the Ridge is always changing, it is often referred to as “The Living Dune.”
Check out the lighthouse that inspired the Surf Side Hotel’s logo. The Bodie Island Lighthouse, (pronounced “Body”) is located just a short ride south of the hotel. Visitors travelling towards Hatteras Island can’t help but notice the black and white horizontal striped structure, peaking out over a line of dense cedar trees on the sound side.
The 156 ft. lighthouse still shines a beam 19 miles offshore, making full rotations at 27.5 seconds.
If you are in search of an interactive family experience, there is no better place to learn (and have fun) than Roanoke Island Festival Park.
Open from March through December, the park costs just $10 for adults and $7 for children age 3 to 17 (2 and under are free).
Whether your family is planning a winter escape or a summer getaway, the Outer Banks is a wonderful place to visit. Learn more about the experiences available year-round on Surf Side Hotel’s blog, and book your Seaboard Hotels stay here.