Fall is an amazing time to visit the Outer Banks and dune hang gliding at Jockey’s Ridge State Park, at the world’s largest hang gliding school (yep, 40 years strong and over 400,000 lessons taught!), is a MUST for your itinerary. Thanks, Visit South, for agreeing with us! Complete story >
Nothing like a little OBX love from our friends up in New England! Kitty Hawk Kites and Kitty Hawk Surf Co. were recently featured in the Boston Globe as part of a terrific travel story spotlighting some of the top things to see and do while visiting the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Many thanks to the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau for coordinating this opportunity!
A sampling of the love … we couldn’t agree more!
“Kitty Hawk Kites offers bucket-list worthy activities for adventure enthusiasts. Not afraid of heights? Get a bird’s-eye view of the coastline above the Currituck Sound while tandem hang gliding in an ultralight plane. Or learn the fundamentals of kiteboarding with a “fly and ride” class. At Jockey’s Ridge State Park in Nags Head, home of what are said to be the highest sand dunes on the East Coast with peaks at more than 90 feet, enjoy paragliding lessons using a glider wing with no rigid frame. Perhaps the ultimate activity for flight enthusiasts — especially recommended in the spring and fall — is to fly a museum-quality reproduction of Orville and Wilbur Wright’s1902 glider. (Average flights are 5 to 15 feet off the ground for approximately 50 yards.) For a thrilling but more passive activity, go parasailing above Roanoke Sound and Currituck Sound.”
The folks over at My Outer Banks Home ran a neat feature on some of the awesome milestones that will be celebrated this year.
See below for the article, and be sure to visit their site and check out some of the other local businesses who are also being recognized for their history in the OBX!
Jockey’s Ridge State Park, North Carolina
Steady ocean breezes power Jockey’s Ridge to top jock in the Outer Banks. The highest sand dune on the East Coast (down the road from where the Wright Brothers flew) offers an ideal launch for hang gliders and kite fliers with slopes that beckon sandboarders when the crowds thin. Kitty Hawk Kites teaches beginning gliders in three-hour lessons that get you airborne above the dunes for up to 100 yards, 80 feet higher than the Wrights’ first attempt.
5 Reasons to Go to the Outer Banks, North Carolina
The Outer Banks, North Carolina, is one of the best beach destinations that you’re not going to. With miles of sandy beaches, gentle surf, and an impressive number of activities, it’s a wonder that this low-key locale doesn’t see the crowds that other east coast beaches attract. Late summer and early fall are great times to go—it’s still beach weather, but the crowds are thinning out.
The Remodeled Sanderling Resort: If you didn’t score a rental (rental houses can book up a year in advance) or you just don’t need that much space, the Sanderling Resort is the place in the Banks to stay. Newly renovated just this year, updates include new guestrooms, a massive deck overlooking the ocean, a beachside bar & grill, and two pools (including the adults-only tranquility pool).
For one of the island’s best meals, head to Kimball’s Kitchen, Sanderling’s upscale restaurant with a panoramic view of the sound (and much of the seafood comes from right down the island). Stressed? Unwind at the spa with their signature Ocean Serenity Ritual, a facial, massage, and mud wrap combo.
Kitty Hawk Kites: Thrill-seekers and scaredy cats will both find bucket list-worthy activities at the Outer Banks’s recreation activity hub. Whether you’re looking to take flight at the oldest hang gliding school on the East Coast, keep your feet on the ground with a bit of kite flying, or get your feet wet with surf lessons, kite boarding, or stand up paddle boarding, Kitty Hawk Kites has you covered. For the really adventurous, become a human rocket man with Jetpak lessons. Participants blast off from a pontoon boat launching pad and fly around the Banks via Jetpak.
Bodie Island Lighthouse: Climbing up 214 vertigo-inducing stairs may not be your idea of a good time on vacation, but the view from the top of Bodie Island Lighthouse is worth it. Offering unobstructed views of the marsh, ocean, and sound, 2013 is the first year that the 141-year old lighthouse has been open to the public. A $5 million makeover stabilized the steps and balcony, making it safe for the public to climb to the top and enjoy the birds-eye view.
Beach Off-Roading: You’ve used that 4wd vehicle on asphalt enough; give yourself—and your ride—a real challenge by off-roading in the sand. A popular past-time in the Outer Banks for locals and visitors alike, off-roading on the beach is an adventurous way to enjoy the seashore. Some drive in search of the perfect secluded picnic spot while others set out on wild horse safaris (these awe-inspiring creatures make their home on the islands). Just make sure you have an Off Road Vehicle (ORV) permit and stay on designated ORV routes.
Wright Brothers National Memorial: Of course the Outer Banks’s real claim to fame is as the birth of flight, where two brothers sent a powered flyer up in the air in 1903. Today the spot is marked by theWright Brothers National Memorial, complete with full-scale reproductions of the Wrights’ glider and flying machine. The memorial also features exhibits, historical markers where you can trace each attempted powered flight, and a 60-foot granite monument honoring the brothers.
Photo credits: Sanderling Resort courtesy of Sanderling Resort; Hang Gliding courtesy of Allyson Reedy; Bodie Island Lighthouse courtesy of Outer Banks Visitors Bureau; Wild horse safari courtesy of Allyson Reedy; Wright Brothers National Memorial courtesy of Outer Banks Visitors Bureau
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