What are the best things to do with kids in the Outer Banks?

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Kids will have a blast doing just about anything in the Outer Banks. Bring them along for a ride on the beach or take an adventure hang gliding in Nags Head—there’s plenty of fun to be had. Here are Forbes Travel Guide’s editors’ picks for the five best things to do with kids in the Outer Banks.
 
1. Climb the dunes. Your kids will burn off energy climbing up the dunes and sliding back down. The best place to play on the dunes is at Jockey’s Ridge State Park in Nags Head, where thrill-seeking kids can hang-glide and others can fly kites.
 
2. Run with the horses. Wild horses roam the beaches of Corolla and it’s one of the last places you’ll see such a thing. Take your children on an off-road safari and admire the beauty of the animals. The pristine, white sand beaches are only accessible by off-road vehicles; but it’s worth it to see these mustangs frolicking, as free as can be.
 
3. Play in the ocean. You can’t miss out on playing in the Atlantic Ocean — especially when it’s at your fingertips. Youngsters will love all the watersports available (just keep on eye on them, since the waves are rather large for young kids). You can rent boogie boards and surf boards in any of the towns.
 
4. Drive on the beach. If you’ve driven to the Outer Banks, make sure you’ve got the right wheels to drive on the beach; if not, you can easily rent a jeep to explore the shore. It’s always fun to hop in a car and flip it into high gear as you head off the highway and onto the sand. Bring a picnic and some towels, and make a day out of it. Keep in mind that you’ll have to get a license to go off-roading, but that is easily attainable.
 
5. Reel it in. Kids will love fishing in the Outer Banks. If you don’t want to charter a boat and head out to sea, find a spot on the beach and get ready for some of the best surf fishing of your life. There are more than 100 miles of accessible beach — and that’s without getting on a boat.

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