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Meet Our Newest Apparel Brand

We have the distinct pleasure of welcoming WaterHigh to our Kitty Hawk Kites and Kitty Hawk Surf Co. stores. Watch the video above to learn their stellar story. Their mission is to celebrate H2O, sell lots of gear, and give back to organizations making a difference in global water issues.

WaterHigh has designs that feature the Outer Banks and Hatteras Island. You can find WaterHigh apparel in our Nags Head, Rodanthe, Hatteras, Ocracoke, and Destin stores.


Have You Been Hang Gliding Yet?

When people think of the Outer Banks, one of the first things they think of is flight. As home to the Wright Brother’s National Memorial and boasting the title of Birthplace of Flight, the Outer Banks has a rich history with human’s pursuit to fly through the sky like a bird.

Since 1974, Kitty Hawk Kites has been providing that opportunity to the world. Hang Gliding is a thrilling and freeing experience. As the largest hang gliding school in the world, we have taught over 400,000 students ranging in age from 4 to 92. That makes this adventure perfect for families and groups of all ages.

Now that the Outer Banks summer season is in full swing, so is our hang gliding schedule. Our instructors are excited to teach you how to fly! Our dune hang gliding lessons take place at Jockey’s Ridge State Park in Nags Head. The dunes of Jockey’s Ridge allow us to take advantage of the smooth and consistent ocean breezes and give us soft sand for landings. We also operate out of the Cotton Gin in Jarvisburg, where we offer tandem hang gliding flights that climb to altitudes over 2000 feet. Book your flights below.

Hang Gliding with Kitty Hawk Kites
Hang Gliding at Jockey’s Ridge with Kitty Hawk Kites
Tandem hang gliders over the Outer Banks
Tandem hang gliding 5000 feet over the Outer Banks

As always, safety is our number one concern. In addition to our standard safety protocols, we have increased our cleaning procedures, we are requiring our crew to wear masks, and are implementing social distancing practices to keep our students and instructors safe and healthy. You can read more about what we’re doing to stop the spread of COVID-19 in this notice.

Social Distancing in a Kayak

The Outer Banks is as beautiful as ever. Now that we’ve started our season, we’ve seen a flood of visitors to the island. With these larger crowds, many visitors are looking for safe, socially distant activities to do on the Outer Banks. So some of our crew members are practicing social distancing by experiencing some of Kitty Hawk Kites’ adventures. Follow along for inspiration and see all the fun things you can still do on the Outer Banks. Today Megan went out kayaking with her dog, Pilot!

We offer guided kayak tours in single and tandem kayaks for families looking to explore the great outdoors together. We also rent kayaks! Go out on your own in a single kayak or share your trip in a tandem kayak.

Both sit-in kayaks and sit-on-top kayaks are available! Sit-in kayaks are traditionally used in the sound of the Outer Banks whereas sit-on-top kayaks are more versatile and can be used in both the sound and ocean. It is recommended that only professionals take sit-in kayaks into the Ocean. They are great for exploring–they come with a comfortable padded seat and back support.

Share the fun!

When you go out on your adventure, make sure you take some pictures or videos. Tag us @kittyhawkkites on social media to share your joy for kayaking and for a chance to be featured!

Kite Flying for Social Distancing

Even though travel restrictions have been lifted, we are still taking safety concerns seriously. So we are putting together a collection of our favorite activities that you can do while social distancing. We hope you’ll take these ideas as inspiration. It’s our mission to create fun and memorable activities for you and your family. Even when we have to stay six-feet apart, we are determined to teach the world to fly! So of course, we had to start with kite flying!

Flying kites is a great activity to do by yourself or with your close friends and family. And you can do it anywhere with a little wind. You can find kites of every shape, style, color, and experience level in our stores and online.

Looking for help on getting your kite in the air? We have a page full of kite flying tips. Still having trouble? Visit our trouble-shooting page to fly your kite effectively.

Share the fun!

When you take to the sky, make sure you take some pictures or video of your kite in action. Tag us @kittyhawkkites on social media to share your joy for flying and for a chance to be featured!

Use Nature to Make Art!

Watch our quick video below for inspiration on your next at home project. Find your supplies outside, even out in your backyard. Then, get started making art!

Download and print the kite coloring page for yourself!

Or use your favorite coloring page.