The summer may be winding down on the Outer Banks but there are still many adventures yet to be had on the beautiful barrier islands!
In case you didn’t know, Kitty Hawk Kites offers a ton of fun activities through out the fall and winter months for those out for some great adventures – and this happens to be one of the best times to visit as accommodations are extremely affordable and the crowds have thinned out.
Here are a few activities we offer during the off season that you may not have heard about yet:
Fly a 1902 Wright Glider at Jockey’s Ridge State Park
Soar above the dunes like a Wright Brother in a museum quality replica of the 1902 Wright Glider that the Orville and Wilbur Wright used to practice leading up to the famous 1903 flight. The Wright Brothers actually spent the months of September and October of 1902 flying their glider on the dunes of North Carolina before heading home to build the 1903 airplane – making this experience extremely inspiring for history enthusiasts and aviation buffs.
The activity is $349/person but with a group of 10 or more people the price is reduced to $99/person which makes this experience perfect for groups and educational ventures. The higher winds of October-December make this a perfect adventure for the fall and this is the only place in the world you can fly like a Wright Brother.
Kiteboarding in Rodanthe
The fall is a great time to kiteboard here on the Outer Banks with steady winds ranging from 10 to 35mph and the barrier islands are known for its high number of “kiteable” days. Because of large temperature fluctuations in the fall months bringing stronger north easterly winds which can be most desirable weather for kiteboarding in the ocean. Many kite boarders are attracted to the area during this time of year because of the better surf conditions on the east coast.
Our Kiteboarding Expert, Chris Moore says, “If you still haven’t learned this fast growing water sport, the fall is also a great time to learn as the winds are favorable for beginners and the water and air temperatures are still very comfortable!”
In addition to good winds and conditions, Waves Village Kiteboarding Resort is conveniently located in the heart of the “Kiteboarding Mecca” on Hatteras Island, this time of year brings extremely affordable rates for onsite condos located right next to the Kitty Hawk Kites Kiteboarding Pro Shop and School. Also on site is a full service restaurant and coffee shop!
Wild Horse Tours on the Northern Outer Banks
Enjoy breathtaking views of the wild horses of the Northern Outer Banks as your guide gives you local folklore and eclectic history as you ride into the heart of the off road Outer Banks just North of Corolla. This adventure is $50/person and lasts about two hours. Private parties are also available upon request along with special group rates.
Historic Northern Outer Banks Sightseeing Tour
Tour the beautiful Historic Whalehead Club and Currituck Beach Lighthouse and enjoy an educational stop at the Outer Banks Center of Wildilfe. Cost is $65/person – all admissions are included in this price.
Paddle the Outer Banks from Corolla to Hatteras
Enjoy the beautiful eco-systems of the soundside marshes of the Outer Banks – whether you venture out on your own with a rental kayak or choose to take a guided tour with our professional guides, this experience – this is perfect for individuals or groups. Rates vary based on length of rental and tour options. Luke Baer, Recreation Sales Manager, recommends the Safari River Maritime Forest Kayak Tour under a canopy of live oaks and red maple trees. This tour lasts about 1.5 hours and is perfectly secluded for paddles of all skill levels. Sunset paddles are also available.
Other adventures offered year round at Kitty Hawk Kites are the dune hang gliding and paragliding lessons offered at Jockey’s Ridge State Park. Paragliding is a relatively new venture offered on the dunes that continues to build momentum on the Outer Banks.
Mike Appel, Lead Paragliding Instructor, says, “The fall season presents some of the best conditions for paragliding on the Outer Banks. Consistent winds coupled with cooler temperatures and soft sands creates a wonderful learning environment on the dunes. With fewer seasonal visitors, classes are often more flexible and individualized allowing for more more personal instruction.”
Air tours, flight training, and charter fishing are also available year round. As 2014 quickly approaches, Kitty Hawk Kites is already planning a year of fantastic events and adventures in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the first store opening back in 1974. For the latest news and events follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
For more information on these activities and other fun Outer Banks adventures – contact us at 1.877.FLY.THIS!