Planning a trip to the Outer Banks in North Carolina? You’ll want to take along a copy of this ‘Outer Banks Scavenger Hunt’. Whether you’re bringing the family, aiming for a couples getaway or exploring the sandbar on a solo trip, this scavenger hunt is a great way to see all the major features the Outer Banks has to offer! The best part is, you can do it all for free
A Quick Introduction to the OBX
Not familiar with the Outer Banks (aka OBX)? No problem! This 200-mile (320 km) long strip of barrier islands is located on the eastern coast of North Carolina. This stretch of beach is a popular tourist destination in the spring, summer and early fall. People from all over the Northeastern flock to it’s shorelines to swim in it’s waters and lounge on it’s many beaches.
Fun OBX Fact – the Wright Brothers made the first flight of a powered, aircraft with the ‘Wright Flyer’ in 1903, just south of Kitty Hawk .
So much history!
The OBX is also famous for it’s First Flight story, as well as the Roanoke Colony. There are six lighthouses that inhabit the coast, and the shores host several hundred nesting sea turtles each and every year. It’s even home to the tallest living sand dune on the Atlantic Coast! The Outer Banks is also known for it’s treacherous waters that have resulted in over 5,000 shipwrecks in the last 500 years! The area is nicknamed The Graveyard of the Atlantic. How cool?!
Fun OBX Fact – Edward Teach (aka Blackbeard) once resided here. Arrrr!
Seeing it all…
We’ve only touched on a few of the things the Outer Banks is known for. If you are hoping to get in some sight seeing in addition to your sun tan (hopefully not burn!), we’ve put together a list of key items for you to seek out and photograph. Make sure your first/next trip to the OBX is complete with this Outer Banks Scavenger Hunt.
Most Importantly, Have Fun!
Of course, you don’t have to follow this list to a T. You can put your own creative spin on some of the items, or even add your own! If you do, we’d love to hear some of your ideas. We’d also love to see your pictures! Be sure to share them on Instagram, #stayingafloatobx and don’t forget to tag us @staying_afloat_
Looking for more specific Outer Banks Scavenger Hunts? Check out this link which has one designed for each of the lighthouses.
Have you ever visited the Outer Bank? What is your fondest memory?