Vacationing With a Teenager on the Outer Banks Is Easier Than You Think

If you have teenagers living under your roof you already know how challenging that can be at times. They seem to operate on a different frequency than the adults around them. Vacationing with a teenager on the Outer Banks has great potential, and we’re here to let you know how to make that happen. Let us help you narrow down some family-friendly activities that kids, teens, and adults will all love. But first, make sure to request access to our free Outer Banks Vacation Guide. It includes an extensive list of all of the best restaurants, outdoor recreation, and popular attractions on the barrier islands of North Carolina. 


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Things to Do While Vacationing With a Teenager on the Outer Banks, NC 

It’s wise to make a list of the things in the area that will interest your teen. If you’ve chosen a spot that has nothing that interests your teenager, you might want to rethink your itinerary. 

For the Adventure-Seeking Teen

Hang Gliding on Jockey’s Ridge 

Discover Jockey’s Ridge State Park in Nags Head, NC, for the ultimate thrilling adventure. The sand dunes you’ll find here are next level as the park includes the tallest sand dune on the Atlantic Coast. Your teen is sure to be in awe at not only the magnificent sights but also the crazy adventures you can have here. 

An activity your teenager will likely enjoy is hang gliding high in the sky with the help of the professionals at Kitty Hawk Kites. They offer lessons for any experience level, so everyone can participate in the fun! 

Water Sports 

Those who love outdoor recreation will thrive on the OBX. One of the greatest types of activities to do during your Outer Banks vacation is participating in some of the water sports. Some options include kayaking tours, fishing, or other boating activities like going on a dolphin watch tour! 

Golfing on the Outer Banks 

Golfing is a sport that may not be for everyone, but if your teenager loves the sport, the Outer Banks is the ideal paradise for them. Our scenic destination offers a great combination of challenging golf courses, picturesque water views, uncrowded greens, and even fun mini-golf courses. Experience the best OBX golf courses for a memorable day on the greens. 

Here’s everything to know for the ultimate golf getaway:

For the History Buff 

Put the textbooks away and learn about history by seeing and experiencing! The Outer Banks is rich with incredible history. 

Wright Brothers Memorial 

Head to the Wright Brothers Memorial for an in-depth explanation of how the world got to where it is today when it comes to aviation. Did you know the first flight took off right here on the Outer Banks in Kill Devil Hills, NC? See the monument and stroll through the centennial Flight Museum to learn all about the special milestone in U.S. history! 

The Lost Colony 

Did you know that 117 colonists established the first English settlement in the New World on Roanoke Island of the Outer Banks, only for it to mysteriously disappear shortly after? If you and your teenager are interested in investigating this fascinating mystery, visit the Lost Colony to see a theatre show or attend a fun tea party! 

as time goes by family sized rental with poolThe Best Place to Stay For Teens on the Outer Banks

It’s hard to go wrong when you choose the beach for a vacation. Staying in Paramount Destinations’ family-sized vacation rentals on the Outer Banks will provide you with all the comforts of home in a relaxed and safe setting while offering the best place to stay for families with teenagers on the Outer Banks. 

Our Outer Banks home rentals come fully furnished, and all have their own well-equipped kitchens and often laundry appliances.  Find a rental that’s ideal for family fun by searching for the amenities like swimming pools, hot tubs, foosball, pool tables, large-screen TVs, and more. 

There are plenty of opportunities for having fun or for downtime to be alone if that’s what you prefer. Your teen is sure to have a great time on a family vacation to the Outer Banks, whether they were intending to or not! Check our availability and book your family vacation on the Outer Banks today!