Joe Lamb, Jr. Guide to OBX Traditions

Flying a kite. One of many Outer Banks traditions.

One of the best parts of visiting the Outer Banks is how wonderfully and naturally family tradition seems to occur. Here at Joe Lamb Jr., & Associates & Associates, we know that is the case because there are so many families that have made us a part of their summer traditions.

Traditions are different for every family, but we thought we would suggest some of the things we like to do as activities that could become a tradition for our first time visitors.

The Lost Colony

The longest running outdoor drama in the United States, actors have been walking the boards of the Lost Colony's Waterside Theater since 1937. Great theater, spectacle and history all rolled into one . . . and it’s in a beautiful setting.

Climb a Lighthouse

There are three lighthouses on the Outer Banks that can be climbed: Cape Hatteras, Bodie Island and Currituck Beach. The view for the top is breathtaking and worth every step of the effort. Cape Hatteras is a bit of a trek from the northern beaches, but Bodie Island and Currituck Beach beckon. Bodie Island is part of the National Park Service and requires a reservation. Currituck Beach, in Corolla, is probably the most accessible.

Fly a Kite

If there is a better place to fly a kite than Jockey’s Ridge State Park in Nags Head, no one has identified it yet-and that’s any place in the world. A panoramic view of the ocean and Roanoke Sound, nothing to stop the wind and convenient with parking at the park or Kitty Hawk Kites.

Flying on the beach comes in at a close second, but safety first-there can be a lot of people on the beach-and the southwest winds that dominate in the summer are not a good direction for beach flying.

Duck Town Green

It seems strange to give a town the nod as a family tradition, but there is so much happening on the town green that it’s worth a visit almost any day. Best times are morning with lots to to for kids or Thursday evenings when there is live music.