There are many benefits to owning Outer Banks real estate, but one of the greatest gems of the Outer Banks is the wide variety of educational and historical experiences located minutes for your home. The Outer Banks has a rich history that has influenced the shaping of the Americas and launched our country into the frontier of aviation. Whether you live on the Outer Banks year-round or own an Outer Banks vacation home, these educational experiences are enjoyable and will have your family visiting again and again.
Wright Brothers National Memorial
The Outer Banks is well-known as the home of the first manned flight by the Wright Brothers. This short flight thrust the United States and the world into the modern era of aviation. In honor of the first flight, a memorial and museum was established to help educate and memorialize this great feat of modern ingenuity. Walk the grounds and learn how the first manned flight was able to occur and how aviation has grown into what it is today. Plus, you can walk to the top of the memorial for an amazing view of the Outer Banks!
Jockey’s Ridge State Park
As the largest living sand dune on the East Coast, Jockey’s Ridge offers a living ecological education for the entire family. Visit the park and learn about the wide variety of wildlife that calls the sand dunes home and how the dunes are ever changing. Take the family for a climb up the dunes where you will have spectacular views of local beaches and the ability to slide down the dunes for fun! Looking for a real thrill? Take a hang gliding lesson on the sand dunes and learn how aviation and nature meet on Jockey’s Ridge.
The Lost Colony
Step back in time and visit a historically accurate setup of the Roanoke Island Lost Colony that disappeared without a trace in the late 1500’s. Walk among the homes and interact with storytellers who will help you create food and necessities during your tour like the original settlers would have used. Step aboard the Queen Elizabeth II for a swashbuckling adventure and learn about sailing during this era. This stop offers a fun time for all ages and will teach you about the early beginnings of the Outer Banks.
The North Carolina Aquarium at Roanoke Island
Learn more about the many maritime creatures that inhabit the Outer Banks! The aquarium is a popular spot to visit for all ages. Visit and learn about the many creatures on the Outer Banks, including snakes, otters, alligators, turtles, rays and the very popular shark tank!
These are just a few of the many educational spots to visit on the Outer Banks. Let our team help you select the perfect OBX real estate for your family!