The Outer Banks offers plenty of family-friendly activities that kids of all ages can enjoy. For more information about water sports, surf lessons, windsurfing, or sailing, see Outdoor Adventures for a full list of fun activities to explore!

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mini golf, shoesHave Fun With These Outer Banks Kids’ Activities

Mini Golf Courses & More

This adventure park is a 2-in-1 offering a 27-hole mini-golf course has challenging play for all ages! The Spin Zone bumper cars will put a smile on everyone’s faces whether you are watching from the sidelines or participating in the bumper car fun! 

Located within the TimBuck II Shopping Village, Corolla Raceway provides the newest single, double, and junior Go-Karts, along with bumper cars for the entire family. Plus, the game room features redemption games, video machines, basketball, and ski ball.

Located next to the Corolla Light Resort, this mini-golf course has 20 holes, which are par 3, 4, and 5. They light the course for evening play on a natural and real grass course.

Located at the back of Corolla Light Town Center, this new 18-hole putt-putt golf course and arcade has waterfalls, a pirate ship, caves, and more! 

Outdoor Activities on the Outer Banks

See the tallest living sand dune on the Atlantic Coast. Then, experience the best kite flying, sandboarding, and hang gliding on the Outer Banks!

Learn about the intriguing history of the first colonies to settle in North America at The Lost Colony. This engaging, outdoor show on Roanoke Island is a must for the history buff in your group!

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Learning Museums

A living history site, Island Farm interprets daily life on Roanoke Island in the mid-1800s. The centerpiece of the site is the Etheridge farmstead, which has been an active farm since 1757. Chickens range freely on the grounds as your family explores various outbuildings, a garden and grape arbor, while sheep, a cow, an ox, and two Banker ponies graze in surrounding pastures.

The Education Department at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head makes learning fun! Whether a child is a beginning fisherman or summer camper ready to ride the waves, their staff provides excellent instruction in a positive, safe environment. Veteran anglers teach everything from Family Fishing to Private Lessons. During summer camps, children will get the chance to fish, surf, paddleboard, and catch blue crabs.

Located within Historic Corolla Park, this Center focuses on educating the public about local history and ecology of the region as well as its hunting and fishing heritage. A film provides an overview of earlier times along the Outer Banks, and the exhibits include decoy-making, waterfowl hunting, and the types of wildlife on this barrier island.

Designed for young children between 1-9 years old, this museum in Kitty Hawk allows kids to learn-through-play. The Carolina Flare is an interactive exhibit that has a small fishing boat with equipment and tools of the fishing industry. This museum also accepts reservations for children’s’ birthday parties.