Outer Banks Journals

Off-Season/Spring on the Outer Banks

An April 2004 trip to Outer Banks by javaFl

Quote: Avoiding the crowds and seeing the Outer Banks in the spring proved to be an excellent family vacation

Off-Season/Spring on the Outer Banks

Overview

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Spending our spring vacation on the Outer Banks turned out to be one of the most pleasant family vacations we have taken. The weather was beautiful and there were NO crowds. We were free to enjoy dining, shopping, and walking on the beach without fighting for a place to be. Some things were not open, like the putt-putt course, but everything we were interested in, short of swimming, was open, available, and enjoyed.Quick Tips: Be prepared for the possibility of snow or warm weather: spring can be anywhere in the range of temperatures between winter and summer.Best Way To Get Around: A car is the best way for farther travels on the island, but we used bicycles and Rollerblades fo...Read More
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Our decision to take our trip to the Outer Banks in the spring was initially made because of the reduced off-season rates of rental homes. We rented a home in Duck, NC, for 2 weeks in April and had no problem adding a third week when we decided to stay longer, as it was the slow season and no one had reserved after us. The house was great, with an ocean view and great location. The only downside was that it was too early for the pool to be open.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 22, 2006

Atlantic Realty
1180 Duck Rd
Outer Banks, North Carolina 27949
(252) 261-8340

Beach

Story/Tip

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The April of 2004 proved to be like summer on the Outer Banks. Our family thoroughly enjoyed walking the often empty beaches. We also had the opportunity to fly our big box kite with the breezes almost pulling us off our feet as the kite soared. But, although the air was warm, it was too cold for us to swim. When you visit the Outer Banks in the spring, keep in mind that you are enjoying the area in a different season, and don't expect it to be like summer.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 22, 2006

Outer Banks

Attraction | "Catching Crabs on the Sound Side"

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One of our favorite Outer Banks memories will always be crabbing on the sound side near Duck. We bought crabbing supplies from a local fishing supply store, which included a crab pin on string, an instruction book, and chicken necks. A license was not necessary. We got permission to crab from a small pier and took our supplies and a lidded pail there to try our hands at catching crab for dinner.First you slide a chicken neck on the pin and then you drop it into the water while hanging onto the string. In seconds we were pulling up crabs like CRAZY!! A large turtle also tried to steal the bait, but we got it away from him. When we had a couple dozen proper-sized crabs, we took them to our ren...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 22, 2006

Outer Banks
Oceanside
Outer Banks, North Carolina

Wright Brothers National Memorial

Attraction | "Wright Brothers Memorial and Museum"

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On the top of a hill stands a monument to the Wright Brothers and their success at flying on the small field below. Also down below and nearby is the museum, with information about that first flight. These are a must-see (and you will see the monument if even if you only drive down the islands main drag).

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 22, 2006

Wright Brothers National Memorial
Mile Post 7.5 On U.s. Hwy 158
Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina 27948
(252) 441-7430

Elizabethan Gardens

Attraction

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The Elizabethan Gardens on the Outer Banks were all abloom with azaleas in April. Spring bulbs were flowering--daffodils and tulips. I would like to see the gardens in their summer bloom, too. Each season is unique in a garden.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 23, 2006

Elizabethan Gardens
3 miles north of Manteo on highway 64/264
Outer Banks, North Carolina 27954
(252) 473-3234