February 1, 2024

Date Night in the OBX: 10 Romantic and Adventurous Ideas for your Beach Lover

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we’re highlighting the OBX as the perfect romantic getaway spot! The Outer Banks are not just a haven for surfers and fishermen; they also offer the perfect backdrop for adventurous, memorable dates for you and your special someone. Whether you’re a local looking to spice up your relationship or a couple planning a quick getaway, the OBX has tons of exciting experiences to offer. Dive into this guide of Kitty Hawk Kites’ top 10 unique date ideas that will make your time in the Outer Banks truly special. 

Sunset Kayaking

End your romantic beach day with an intimate sunset kayaking adventure in the serene sound waters of the Outer Banks. Float alongside each other as the sun paints the sky with vibrant hues. The calm waters provide the perfect setting for a peaceful and romantic escape. With tour locations from Corolla to Hatteras Island, Kitty Hawk Kites can help you paddle your way into a romantic evening from virtually anywhere in the OBX!

Hang Gliding in Jockey’s Ridge State Park

Experience the thrill of soaring through the sky alongside the person you love. Kitty Hawk Kites has been teaching the world to fly in Jockey’s Ridge for the past 50 years. As the largest sand dune on the East Coast, it offers an exhilarating experience with seasoned instructors and breathtaking views of the OBX landscape. Let love take flight with our hang gliding school!

Horseback Riding on the beaches of Hatteras Island

Discover the romance of riding horseback along the shores of Hatteras Island. Kitty Hawk Kites’ partnership with Equine Adventures offers guided horseback tours in the quaint town of Frisco that will take you through the maritime forests and onto the wide-open beaches of the OBX. Ride into the sunset with your special someone, literally!

Couple’s Kiteboarding Lessons in Waves Village

Nestled along picturesque shores, Kitty Hawk Kites’ Kiteboarding School in Waves Village offers an exhilarating and unique date idea for adventurous couples. Imagine learning the art of kiteboarding together, feeling the rush of the wind, and riding the water side by side. Sounds great, right? 

Wild Horse Tour in Corolla

Embark on an off-road adventure to explore the unique ecosystem of the northern beaches and encounter the famous wild horses of Corolla. Kitty Hawk Kites and Corolla Wild Horse tours offer 4×4 excursions, providing an intimate and thrilling experience as you witness these majestic creatures in their natural habitat.

Sunset Sailing

Set sail out of Roanoke Island for a romantic sunset cruise. Feel the wind in your hair, enjoy each other’s company, and witness the spectacular colors of the sunset reflecting on the water. Reserve a private trip for you and your loved one and see a legendary Outer Banks sunsets in its colorful glory. 

Surfing Lessons

For the adventurous couple seeking a bit of adrenaline, take surfing lessons together in the warm waters of Outer Banks. The coastline offers ideal conditions for beginners to catch their first waves, and the shared experience of learning a new skill can be both exciting and bonding!

Vineyard Voyage

Take a cruise across the sound in Duck, and then hop onto a 4X4 off-road shuttle over to Sanctuary Vineyards for a full tasting of locally produced wines. Experience the gorgeous property of the historic Wright Brothers farm in Currituck County and enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the vineyard. An adventure with land, water, and wine, makes for a memorable couples’ excursion!  


It’s all in the name! (Pair)-asailing is the perfect activity for the adrenaline seeking couple. Experience stunning aerial views of the Outer Banks with your partner by your side. Our safety-certified crews are sure to create a memorable, high-flying experience for you and your loved one.

Waterfront Dining at Goodwinds Restaurant

No matter which adventure you choose to make into your perfect date, it’s safe to say that you and your partner will work up an appetite. Dine with our friends at Goodwinds Restaurant in Waves Village for a stunning waterfront view of the Pamlico Sound. With local seafood, and great selections of wine, beer, and spirits, it’s the perfect way to end your night after a romantic day of adventuring!

Ultimately, the Outer Banks offers a playground for adventurous couples seeking to create lasting memories. From thrilling outdoor activities to serene moments in nature, these adventurous date ideas are sure to spice up your romantic getaway or shake up your usual date night routine. So, pack your bags, head to the OBX, and let the adventure begin with the person you love! 

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