Host Your Family Reunion in the Beautiful Outer Banks, NC

We’ve all been away from our extended families for too long after these past few wild years! It’s time to grab your address books and start calling up your loved ones for a long-awaited family reunion in the beautiful Outer Banks, NC. You’ll be able to enjoy quality time with those you love along our communities’ gorgeous coastline. There’s something for every family member, young and young-at-heart, in the OBX! 

Family Reunion
Gather the family and head to the OBX!

Atlantic Realty, a trusted name in local vacation rentals, offers the best places to stay and host the most spectacular family get-togethers in the Outer Banks. Since 1982, multiple generations of families have escaped to our charming barrier island properties, enjoying ultimate relaxation and waves of fun. We have amenity-packed homes suitable for larger celebrations, from family reunions to corporate retreats. This year, allow us to help you plan and host an unforgettable Outer Banks family reunion. Keep reading for more useful information! 

Let’s Plan Your Dream Family Reunion in the Outer Banks

The Outer Banks is perfect for large gatherings and family reunions, with over 40 gorgeous miles of coastline and space for your family to comfortably spread out. Atlantic Realty’s affordable accommodations mean you can get more bang for your buck and focus on what really matters most: family! We’re also dedicated to making your OBX reunion getaway “worry-free,” offering a flexible payment plan for 2022. It’s ideal for large group vacations where multiple families may be chipping in on vacation costs. 

Our Event Homes

We have homes ranging from 1 to 28 bedrooms, all the way from Corolla to South Nags Head. Our group event homes in the Outer Banks come equipped with spacious gathering spaces, comfy bedrooms, and resort-style amenities, like pools and theater rooms. Planning a huge family reunion with over 40 family members? We recommend reserving The Pine Island Lodge, a stunning 28-bedroom home boasting generous ocean views, ample kitchen space, dining areas for days, and a huge sparkling pool. Head down the private beach access with your loved ones, preparing for days filled with beach games and good times! 

Love your extended family, but don’t want to stay under the same roof? We have curated a list of some of our Outer Banks vacation homes and condos located near each other. Every group will have their own space, with the opportunity to gather for photos, meals, and vacation excursions. You can find the list here

Large Event Services

Planning a family reunion or any large gathering can be stressful. That’s where our event services page comes into play! We have compiled a list of all our trusted local vendors, from caterers to event planners, who can help make any reunion a true success. You’ll never be alone in the planning process!

Additionally, our guests are treated to free or discounted daily activities with the Fun N Sun Pass Program. Set your family reunion apart from the rest by vacationing like a local! Our event homes and spaces go quickly, so start planning your perfect Outer Banks family reunion with Atlantic Realty now. Contact us today and book your dream family getaway by calling (877) 858-4795! We cannot wait to host you!

Plan a Paw-sitive Spring Break in Pet-Friendly OBX

There’s no time like the present to start planning your family’s spring break! As we enter a new year full of possibilities and hope, folks all over the country are looking forward to a nice break from work and school. You all deserve it, including your furry family members. This year, head to the pet-friendly OBX, otherwise known as the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Our barrier island communities offer a sweet reprieve from bustling crowds, hectic attractions, and essentially all things that can make spring break undesirable. The pet-friendly OBX will allow you to fully enjoy your short family vacation, with so many incredible attractions and activities. 

Kids and Dog on the beach
Pet Friendly Vacations are easy on the Outer Banks

Your barrier island experience begins when you stay with Atlantic Realty, where travelers consistently find the best places to stay on the Outer Banks. Since 1982, families have enjoyed spring breaks in our lovely OBX vacation homes, dotting the gorgeous shoreline. We’ll help you get more bang for your buck during your stay and we proudly provide several pet-friendly OBX vacation rentals. Follow our quick guide to a paw-some spring break adventure, all within perfect reach from your OBX vacation home—

Pet-Friendly Itinerary for Your OBX Spring Break

Your family’s spring break vacation can be rewarding for both humans and pets. The OBX has always been an incredible pet-friendly destination, drawing in visitors from all over! We have compiled a list of pet-friendly things to do to help with your vacation planning process. 

Where to Stay

Atlantic Realty has your vacation rental needs and wants covered! Our pet-friendly rentals ensure that you don’t have to leave your well-behaved pup behind this spring. We offer over 40 pet-friendly OBX homes, spanning from Corolla all the way to South Nags Head. There is something for every family, including great modern amenities and beautiful views. 

Where to Eat

What to Do 

Make sure to check out our helpful “Traveling with Pets” page for more valuable tips and tricks. You can also feel free to ask our knowledgeable staff for information! Book your pet-friendly OBX vacation home with Atlantic Realty online today—just in time for spring break!

Celebrate the New Year with an Outer Banks Vacation

Welcome 2022! Finally, we have entered a new chapter of our lives and can start enjoying it to its fullest. All around the country, we’ve wrapped up our New Year’s celebrations, coming away with refreshed memories and new resolutions. A common resolution among folks is traveling more often. There is no better way to begin fulfilling that resolution than a vacation to the beautiful Outer Banks, NC. As your family and friends start slowly easing back into travel, our barrier island communities provide a wonderfully safe relief from crowded spaces and congested vacation destinations. Let the seaside breezes wash over you! 

Celebrate 2022 with a Trip to the Outer Banks

Atlantic Realty is where your NC barrier island experience begins. We know that folks traveling during the new year are looking for more affordable vacations and accommodation options. For that very reason, we offer amazing amenities and great specials. You’ll get more bang for your buck by using Atlantic Realty guest perks, including discounted tickets and specials. Our selective vacation rental portfolio spans the lovely island Outer Banks communities, from Corolla to South Nags Head. As you get ready for your new year’s Outer Banks vacation, take a quick look at some of our great value opportunities—

Explore the Shore Guest Program

Pack up your family and get ready to vacation like a local in the Outer Banks! Our Explore the Shore program allows you to enjoy a variety of exciting activities, services, and dining deals. We’ve partnered with local businesses to ensure you have a good time.  You can explore the OBX without hurting your pocket! 

Fun ‘N Sun Perks Pass

We encourage you to utilize this guest pass, an exclusive vacation amenity that will get you and yours outdoors! There are fantastic savings to be had up and down the Outer Banks, including ice cream discounts and a free fishing pier pass. When you stay with Atlantic Realty, we want to make sure you get out to enjoy the natural beauty of our surrounding areas. 

Flexible Payment Plan

Atlantic Realty makes booking your 2022 Outer Banks getaway worry-free with our thoughtful flexible payment plan. You can book your stay today, enter the promo code FLEXPAY2022, and just pay 25 percent of the rent amount. You then make your monthly payments on your schedule. Some restrictions apply, so make sure to visit our website. We are committed to helping you find a home that suits your family’s size, style, and budget. 

Book your affordable Outer Banks vacation with us online today! We cannot wait to welcome you and your family to our barrier island.

10 Jar Date Ideas during Your OBX Getaway- Romantic Vacation

You may think of the Outer Banks of North Carolina, lovingly known as OBX, and only picture quaint seaside villages, surfing, fishing, and beautiful sandy beaches. Our lovely barrier island communities do consist of all those incredible attractions, activities, and more. However, OBX is a wonderful place for a romantic getaway, especially during the amorous month of February. You’ll feel like you entered a whole new world, far away from the hustle and bustle of your everyday life. 

Date night on the OBX can be lots of fun!

Treat your significant other to a romantic OBX getaway this year and stay with Atlantic Realty, your premier vacation rental and real estate company in the Outer Banks. When you choose one of our beautiful, diverse vacation homes, your barrier island experience will begin! Follow this easy guide to ten jar date ideas during your OBX getaway and romantic vacation—

Fall Hard during Your Romantic OBX Getaway

You don’t need a jar at all—simply look at our list of ten jar date ideas during your stay with Atlantic Realty, roll a 10-sided die, and the number it lands on is your date! 

  1. Grab a tasty handcrafted brew at one of the top three Outer Banks breweries, like Outer Banks Brewing Station 
  2. Visit a local spa (or two) for a nice, relaxing date all centered on rejuvenation and wellness
  3. Reserve an intimate dinner experience at Kill Devil Hills’ upscale, eclectic French restaurant, The Colington Cafe 
  4. Spend a day indulging in self-care at 723 Salty Duck — Colony By The Sea Unit 306A, your new favorite  cozy Atlantic Realty vacation rental
  5. Journey down to the beach and enjoy the gorgeous sunrises OBX is known for. Or catch a sunset on the Sound. The Duck Boardwalk is a great viewing spot!
  6. Go to the Elizabethan Gardens in Manteo and stroll around in lush botanical paradise 
  7. Venture through Downtown Manteo, which was recently voted one of the ten most romantic towns in North Carolina
  8. Rent a convertible and take your loved one down the Outer Banks Scenic Byway
  9. Embark on a horseback riding tour, which you can read about on our blog page
  10. Shop ‘til you drop with your significant other at the Outer Banks locally-owned shops and boutiques and be sure to check out the local discounts offered with the Atlantic Realty Fun N Sun Perks Pass

Set the mood and reserve the perfect romantic vacation rental with Atlantic Realty. We offer a wide range of rentals, from condos to beachfront homes. Book your stay with us online today!

Get Ready for a Spooktacular OBX Fall Vacation

Head down OBX this fall and stay with Atlantic Realty for exclusive vacation amenities and specials! The entire family will have a great, spooktacular OBX fall vacation as our barrier island community takes all things spooky, family, and fall-related very seriously. Since we are located on the southern East Coast, you will still enjoy nice weather and beautiful beach breezes. Who doesn’t want a beach vacation during the fall! We have compiled a comprehensive list of all the OBX fall things to do this year: 

Plan your Fall Outer Banks Vacation today.

OBX Halloween and Fall Celebrations

Halloween on the North Carolina Outer Banks will undoubtedly be one to remember! Our barrier island towns are full of rich history, lore, and ghost tales. There is something for everyone to enjoy when you visit in the fall. Our beautiful state is home to one of America’s first “unsolved mysteries”: the vanishing 1587 settlement of Roanoke. In addition to that tantalizing historic event, we also have several less terrifying sights and activities, including shipwreck artifacts, pumpkin patches, and more. Check out this list of all the OBX Halloween and fall celebrations and sights:

Please note most businesses and activities are operating at limited capacity and times of operation. Make sure to call in advance of your visit. Atlantic Realty has a fantastic Fun N Sun Pass, which offers our guests exclusive access and discounts to several local attractions, businesses, and events. Call us at (877) 858-4795 for more information! 

Plan Your Fall OBX Fall Vacation Today

Here at Atlantic Realty, we are dedicated to helping you find the perfect OBX vacation rental, no matter your preferred location, family size, or budget! Our friendly staff will know all the best OBX fall and Halloween things to do during your visit- just ask. Experience the OBX barrier islands like never before, whether it’s your first visit or you’re a returning guest. Book your stay with us online today!

Embark on an Outer Banks Horseback Riding Tour

Soak in the beauty of the Atlantic Coast from a different vantage point with an Outer Banks horseback riding tour near your vacation home. Luckily for you, there are plenty of options from which to choose when you make a reservation via Atlantic Realty. Whether you’re looking for a romantic ride on the beach at sunset with your significant other or an unforgettable equestrian family outing, you’re sure to have a fantastic time on an Outer Banks horse tour. 

Outer Banks Horse Riding for All Ages & Comfort Levels

One of the best things about horseback riding tours is that nearly everyone can do it. Most establishments do have age, weight, and height restrictions for the riders’ and horses’ safety but are otherwise inclusive. There’s no prior experience necessary for an equine adventure near your Outer Banks rentals. Choose the tour that best fits your interests and schedule, and treat yourself and your loved ones to a beautiful day on the Atlantic Coast.

Lighthouse Horse Rides 

Open year-round, Lighthouse Horse Rides offers a wide variety of tours, befitting all skill levels and interests. Their expert guides strive for inclusivity in ensuring everyone has a safe and memorable experience; they even offer handicapped accommodations for those who need it. If you don’t see a tour that speaks to you, consider their custom tour option, and build the perfect Outer Banks horseback riding outing. 

Hatteras Island Horseback Riding

If you’re staying in an Outer Banks vacation rental with your family, Hatteras Island Horseback Riding might be the perfect place for you. They specialize in giving family tours, offer family packages, work well with people of all ages, and they’re open year-round. Don’t hesitate to reach out to them about organizing a custom ride for the anniversary or proposal of your dreams. 

Reserve the Perfect Outer Banks House Rental for Your Needs

From romantic retreats to family reunions, Atlantic Realty has the perfect North Carolina rental for your needs. We even have an assortment of specials so that you can get the utmost fun and excitement from your stay in the Outer Banks. To learn more about our fabulous offerings or luxurious vacation rentals, please give us a call at 877-858-4795.

North Carolina Spring Break for Families

Spring Break is a great time for families to visit the Outer Banks before the summer rush

Year after year, families chose to vacation in North Carolina for spring break, especially in the Outer Banks. The oceanside towns offer countless activities for children of all ages. Whether you’re splashing in the water, strolling through downtown, or decorating a sandcastle, Outer Banks will keep your family smiling all vacation long. Each town offers a unique set of activities, so regardless of your Atlantic Realty’s vacation rental location, there will be many things to do “near me.” 

Water Sports

One of the most popular Outer Banks activities is exploring several nearby water sports. If you’re hoping to reserve Outer Banks equipment rentals watercrafts, such as jet skis and boats, the sound is an ideal place to explore. However, use these rentals with caution since certain areas are very shallow. When it comes to non-motorized water sports, such as kayaking, windsurfing, kiteboarding, parasailing, paddleboarding, and surfing, visitors can utilize several more areas in the Outer Banks. 

Kiteboarding and windsurfing are quickly rising to be a top activity in the Outer Banks. Spend the day learning this new skill with lessons from Kitty Hawk Watersports. Your family will laugh all day long while watching each other face plant into the water. Our team loves Kitty Hawk Watersports because they boast several other watersports rentals, such as jet skis, kayaks, parasails, paddleboards, and more! For an extra treat, our Fun N Sun Pass gifts Atlantic Realty guests one free on-site stand up paddleboard or kayak rental per day, thanks to Kitty Hawk Kayak & Surf School

Beachcombing & Hunting for Ghost Crabs

ghost crabbing on the Outer Banks is a fun day or night time activity.
Ghost crabbing is a fun daytime or nighttime activity for kids and adults alike.

If you’ve ever taken a stroll down the beach at night, you must have noticed the highly-active tiny Ghost Crabs. These nocturnal creatures are best revealed under the glowing moon or a flashlight. However, you can also go hunting for Ghost Crabs during the day—dig in the shallow water and along the tide’s breaking point on the beach. You’ll be surprised by just how many critters live below the surface, such as sand daggers and sand crabs. 

North Carolina Aquarium

One of the top things to do during your Outer Banks family vacation is spending time at the North Carolina Aquarium. Children and adults of all ages enjoy watching aquatic animals swim and splash about in the aquarium’s realistic habitat. The aquarium’s exhibits feature rare animals, such as Alligators, Black Widow Spiders, Diamondback Rattlesnakes, Sea Otters, and more! One highlight of the North Carolina Aquarium is the mock Sea Turtles healing center and Observation Center. Here, visitors can pretend to assess Sea Turtles’ health, determine a diagnosis, and nurse some Sea Turtles back to health.  
At the end of your long day exploring Outer Banks activities, return to your Atlantic Realty vacation rental. We boast a wide selection of beach houses in the Outer Banks to accommodate various family sizes, so we’re confident you’ll be eager to visit North Carolina for spring break the following year. Start planning your epic spring break and give our staff a call today at 855-486-2150.

Fall Getaways on the Outer Banks

Fall is the absolute best time to visit the Outer Banks. The weather is great (less heat and humidity than in Summer), the water is still warm, the Summer crowds have left, and the shops and restaurants are still open. Best of all, the vacation rental rates are low–up to 60% off peak Summer rates! Gather your group and make a plan to getaway to the OBX this Fall. We make it easy with affordable weekend and weeklong stays.

Girls Getaways

Grab your besties and head to the beach for a Fall Getaway on the Outer Banks. Imagine spending the day lounging on the beach with a great book or catching up on some great conversation with your friends. How about a night out? There is plenty of entertainment even in the Off Season and wine tastings are available if you want to keep things a little more low key. Treat yourself with a rejuvenating trip to one of our local Spas or an incredible piece of art or jewelry from any one of the galleries and shops up and down the beach. The option to do everything the OBX has to offer (or even nothing) all weekend is yours!

Enjoy a little retail therapy on the OBX

Guys Getaways

We can’t leave the fellas out of an Outer Banks Fall Vacation. With amazing outdoor activities available including Golf (FREE at 2 separate 18 hole courses with the Atlantic Realty Fun N Sun Pass), Charter Fishing Trips to the Gulf Stream, Pier Fishing and even Brewery Tours, there is something for all the guys in your group! Who will be the daredevil to try hang gliding on Jockey’s Ridge or Skydiving with OBX Skydive?

Hang gliding lessons are available from Kitty Hawk Kites

Couples Getaways

The Outer Banks was made for couples! From the gorgeous sunrise and sunset views each and every day here, to the romantic walks along the beach, there could not be a more perfect setting to spend the weekend away with your better half. Tour the local historic sites and attractions such as the Elizabethan Gardens or Currituck Lighthouse for a perfect photo op or cruise on down to Hatteras or Ocracoke Island for an amazing day trip.

Wine glass on the beach
Outer Banks Romantic Getaways

The Outer Banks is the perfect Fall destination. In addition to all of the things to see and do here year round, Fall brings several annual events and festivals to the area including the Outer Banks Seafood Festival and Duck Jazz Festival.

Give us a call today! Our Vacation Planners would be happy to help you plan your Outer Banks Getaway. Can’t wait? Browse our Vacaton Rental Homes now.

7 Reasons a Vacation Rental is Better Than a Hotel

It’s been said before; a house isn’t a hotel. But what does that actually mean? In this article, we’ll take you through the true meaning of that expression so you can see that houses truly are a better choice for your Outer Banks vacation. 

1.  Homes Are Made For Living   

The biggest difference between a house and a hotel is that hotels are made for sleeping, not living. So while it’s true a hotel will give you a cozy place to sleep, there’s no room for family game night, no place to set out a puzzle. No way to watch a movie on a large screen while the family’s gathered around, no way to cook a family feast. And of course in a hotel, all the amenities, such as the pool and the hot tub, are full of strangers.

However, none of that is true with a house. Many vacation homes feature private pools, hot tubs and sun and shade decks galore.  The only people you have to share with are your loved ones. And there is plenty of room for family meals, movies, puzzles, games relaxation and so much more. Houses aren’t just made for sleeping, but rather for relaxing and living.  

2.  Location

Hotels are the Outer Banks are limited in both type and location. If you were staying in a hotel, you’d be confined to a small, commercial part of the Outer Banks, rather than being able to discover the quaint towns and villages that make the OBX so special. Homes are located all over the Outer Banks, from South Nags Head to Corolla. Therefore, all you have to do is find your favorite town, and choose a house there to experience the true personality or “vibe” of the area. 

3.  Homes Take Pets

True, there are some hotels that take pets, but they are few and far between. Fortunately, Atlantic Realty has many homes that will take your entire family, including the 4 legged kind.  They’ll love soaking up the sun on the decks and taking in the sights.  And, with plenty of room to play inside and out, it’s sure to be a good time!

4. You Have Your Own Kitchen 

The biggest difference between a hotel and a house is the kitchen. All homes have one, but few hotels do. Kitchens are great for breakfast, snacks, and family dinners. They are also the best for heating up last night’s leftovers from your favorite restaurant.

When you have a kitchen available, you’ll not only save time but also money with so many meal options. 

5. Homes Are Less Expensive

At first glance, it looks like homes are more expensive than hotels. But when you actually crunch the numbers, youâ??ll discover nothing could be further from the truth. Yes, the average home costs about $3,000 for a week, but letâ??s look at that number closer.

Obviously, youâ??re getting more square feet with a house than a hotel. Youâ??re even getting a full kitchen in every home. Many homes also have access to washer/dryers. Any of these things can save you a substantial amount of money. And we havenâ??t even talked about the per person rate yet.

A hotel expects double occupancy and charges you accordingly. If you bring three of more people in the same room, not only will you be crowded, but you will usually have to pay an extra fee for every extra person. Thatâ??s not how it works with a house. Houses are set up to sleep a certain number of people; anywhere from 6-80. So when you divide the number of people in your family by the final price, it actually comes out less expensive per person per night than a hotel.  Once you add in the other amenities, you can see how you come out ahead with a vacation home over a hotel every time.


6.  More Privacy

We touched on this briefly in the last point, but now itâ??s time to investigate it deeper. Hotels are basically bedrooms possibly with a small sitting area. However, houses are so much more. A â??houseâ?? can be anything from a 2 bedroom condo to a 28 room mansion. They have kitchens, living rooms, dining areas and decks. Some even have “extras” like additional dens, game rooms, screened in porches, and a lot more. This guarantees your family will have plenty of room to spread out and be themselves. After all, togetherness is great, but having your own space to relax is even better and makes for a more peaceful vacation.

There are many more reasons a house is not a hotel, and these are just a few. But thereâ??s no doubt about it, a house provides a better bang for your buck than any hotel ever could. Do you know what else isn’t like a hotel? How fast homes fill up. Unlike a large hotel chain, each home is unique, and once itâ??s booked for your week, another one won’t just â??pop upâ??. Thatâ??s why itâ??s best to book your home early to guarantee availability and the best vacation ever.


Search for Available Vacation Rental Homes Now! 


Things to Do with a Large Group

The Outer Banks is made for families! It’s a great place for family reunions, birthday and anniversary celebrations, weddings, and all kinds of events where you can just get together with your large group. Of course, if your family is exceptionally large, say 45 people or more, then it can be difficult finding something you can all do together aside from meeting at the beach. This article will show 10 different things you can do with your exceptionally large group.

Hang Around The House 

Of course, the most important thing for your large gathering is to make sure you have a house that fits all of you, or at least as many as possible. Our largest home, the Pine Island Lodge, sleeps 80. The two homes next to it, Crew Quarters and Knot Home, can sleep 40 each. So there’s a home large enough to keep your entire group under one roof.   Inside there are extra-large porches, private gyms, pools, outdoor dining areas, games rooms, movie rooms and more. So even if you never leave the house, you still have plenty to do.  If that doesn’t sound like it will work for your crew, we also have several individual homes near each other or even condos in the same complex so your family and friends can be together without having to be together all the time! 

Rent Out The Crystal Dawn

The Crystal Dawn, is a head boat that sits over 97 people comfortably. That makes it the perfect boat for your family to rent for a fun filled day of sightseeing, fishing, exploring, partying, or whatever else you want to do at ‘sea’. Don’t worry, you’re in the Sound, so not really “at sea” at all. But it’s an experience you’ll never forget.

Arrange For A Private Tastes and Tales Tour

Outer Banks Tastes and Tales feature storytelling tours or taste tours (can be liquor or food related) in Downtown Manteo. You’ll hear local legends and tales of pirates. Alternately, you can sample the Outer Banks wines, craft brews, or dining experiences. If you’d rather have an experience at the house, that’s fine too. A ‘pirate’ will come to your house to regal you with campfire tales of all sorts.

Host Your Own Slush Or Froyo Party 

There’s nothing like an ice cold treat on a hot day. But did you know you can bring the frozen treat party directly to your house? It’s true. Both Outer Bank Frozen Yogurt and OBX Sunset Slush do private parties. They take care of everything with a variety of flavors for all tastes,  so the only question you have to decide is slush or froyo?

Sanctuary Vineyards Wine Tasting 

This event is for the over 21 crowd. Sanctuary Vineyards has won awards for their fabulous scuppernong grape wine. And the best part is, they do tastings. You can contact them to arrange a private tasting where you’ll sample Chardonnay, Red blends, dessert wines, Muscadine, Rosé, and more. You can even take a tour of the vineyards and winery. It’s a not to be missed event.

The Lost Colony 

Now in its 81st year, the Lost Colony is a spectacular display of history, storytelling and pageantry. It has plenty of seats for all, and you can arrange for a private backstage tour before the show. Contact them to find out more and see how all the magic works.

Photo Booth

Sure, you could have a photographer come to your house or meet you on the beach. But if you’re looking for a great time as well as some pictures, then rent a Photo Booth. It’s an old fashioned photo booth where people crowd in and get four pictures on a strip. Props are provided and your whole family will have a blast going and out of the booth with different people and props. Nothing says memories like photos. They are the best souvenirs ever.

Go On A Horse Tour

The wild horses of the Outer Banks have been here for over 500 years. Still, they can be rather elusive unless you know where to find them, and the professionals at Back Country Outfitters do.  Call them to arrange one for large group and see these majestic beauties in their natural environment. You’ll also be treated to the ‘back roads’ of the Outer Banks that few people get to see. It’s what memories are made of.

Festival Park

Designed for large groups, Festival Park is a great way to get immersive in history. Best of all, they do private tours. This gives you the option of just ‘dropping in’ or arranging something special in advance. From the 16th century life sized replica ship to the Native American Village, to the colonial settlement, to the costumed interpreters, it’s the best way to get ‘lost’ in history. 

Roanoke Island Aquarium

The NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island serves hundreds of visitors a day, so it’s designed for large groups. But the fun doesn’t have to stop there. If you’re looking for a more immersive aquarium experience, ask about their private experience packages. The aquarium offers everything from fish printing and behind the scenes tours to crabbing, nature walks, animal encounters and ‘sleeping with the sharks,’ a slumber party in front of the shark tank where your group gets the entire aquarium to yourselves for the entire night.

Rent Stella, The Outer Banks Trolley 

Stella the Trolley is best way to see the Outer Banks in style. She’s beautiful with hand carved wooden seats, a pure white exterior, and windows galore. Stella is  wonderful for unique pictures, and whether she’s taking to you your wedding, to dinner, or on a sightseeing tour, she’s a sight to behold that will truly turn heads. Your family will feel like royalty when cruising the Outer Banks in your own trolley car.

Have A Big Screen At Home Movie Night

True, you could go to the traditional theater, but where’s the fun in that? Did you know you can rent inflatable outdoor movie screens that you can use at home?  Set up lawn chairs and watch them on the lawn or the beach. Buy or rent inner tubes and have your own ‘in the water’ movie night creature feature where you float around in your home’s private pool and watch a ‘creature in the water’ movie. Pop lots of popcorn, have drinks, snacks, and ice cream, and make family memories that will last decades.


The fun you can have with your group on vacation is endless and the memories you create will get talked about for years!  Start planning your group’s Outer Banks vacation today by giving one of our helpful vacation planners a call at 800-334-8401.  Whether you have a group of 8 or 80, we have something to fit your size, style and vacation budget! 


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