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Historical sites that you must see?

Historical sites that you must see?




We’re getting ready to come to OBX for the first time, and we’d love to take our kids to see some of the more educational things in and around the area. Are there any spots that you would consider to be “must sees” for people visiting for the first time? Are there stops that we should make in order to get a good idea of the culture of the region? Thanks!


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First and foremost is the Wright Brothers Memorial. Then my suggestions might be guided based on children's ages. Roanoke Island Festival Park with the ELIZABETH II ship and lovely educational museum (fee). A very nice but little visited place is The National Wildlife Refuge Welcome Center on the North end of Roanoke Island just past Fort Raleigh. Small free exhibit with excellent Buffalo City Video, cutaway plane ride over local Refuges. Fort Raleigh (free) Site is great for children that understand history. Lighthouses, NC Wildlife Commission Museum up in Corolla (free). Great Exhibit on Currictuck History. Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum (Free) in Hatteras. Chicomacomico Life Saving Station in Rodanthe. Small children would also like the Aquarium and climbing Jockey's Ridge.


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What area of the Outer Banks are you staying in? Most people don't realize how long is it.

Pickle hit on a lot of the sites. I'd add the Native American Museum in Frisco if you're down that way. It's small, but interesting. You can also do Hatteras Lighthouse (there are also buildings with exhibits by the lighthouse) and Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum while down there.

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A ferry ride over to Ocracoke Island will open up a bunch of options as well. If you're going to Ocracoke, consider a trip over to Portsmouth Island (not technically the Outer Banks) and walk the abandon town. It's a long day though, so maybe not good for younger kids.

John


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Island Farm on Roanoke Island is fantastic for kids (and adults!).


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The OBX is the perfect place to learn and enjoy history.. IMO, Wright Memoriàl and Fort Raleigh are good places to start. Be sure to pick up stuff in the gift shops for social studies projects.


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