The beach, a place for sun tans, sand castles, surfing, and…hang gliding? If that last item seems out of place, it’s because that at most beaches, it would be. But not in the Outer Banks! In fact, the OBX is home to more than a few ways to have fun in the sun, including parasailing, 4WD beaches, and more. But Outer Banks hang gliding might steal the show, harkening back to the Wright brothers and the early days of powered flight. If you’re ready to experience the sand dunes of the Outer Banks like never before, then a hang gliding adventure is what you need!
Outer Banks Hang Gliding
Imagine soaring over the dunes and coast of Nags Head, with nothing but the sound of air rushing by you! No roaring engine, just you (your guide, depending on your experience), and a view of the Outer Banks like you’ve never seen before. Just a few miles from where the Wright brothers made their historic flight on December 17, 1903, thousands of people are still enjoying the thrill of flight via hang gliding.
How Do I Go Hang Gliding in the Outer Banks?
The best – and most popular – way to hang glide here is with Kitty Hawk Kites. Anyone who’s familiar with Outer Banks surfing, parasailing, and kayaking has more than likely heard of Kitty Hawk Kites. They offer rentals, gear and more for every outdoor acvitiy you can think of, including Outer Banks hang gliding lessons. It doesn’t matter whether it’s your first time hang gliding or your 50th, the Kitty Hawk Kites Hang Gliding School has an option for you. Here are some of the Outer Banks hang gliding lessons they offer:
Dune Hang Gliding
The sandy dunes of Nags Head are a great place to earn your wings. According to the Kitty Hawk Kites website, Jockey’s Ridge in Nags Head is where the company has been offering dune hang gliding lessons for over 25 years! The dunes of Jockey’s Ridge are ideal for beginners and veterans alike. Your instructor will provide you with the knowledge and preparation you need, and in no time, you’ll be taking flight from the top of the dunes, just you and the hang glider! Don’t worry, though – according to Kitty Hawk Kites, beginner flights typically only reach heights of 5-15 feet and travel over 100 yards. It’s the perfect introduction to hang gliding!
Tandem Hang Gliding
Anyone who has seen a hang glider in flight knows that they can reach some fairly high elevations. If that’s the experience that you want, then you need to take a tandem hang gliding flight! Kitty Hawk Kites offers tandem flights (you and an instructor) that will take either 2,000 feet or a mile high, depending on the lesson you choose. You’ll be towed by aircraft from the Currituck County Airport until you reach the desired elevation. From there, it’s just you and the wind! Breathtaking views and the adrenaline rush of gliding through the air, thousands of feet high – it’s an experience you won’t forget.
For more information on the all the hang gliding lessons and training offered by Kitty Hawk Kites, visit them online, or call 1 (877) 359-8447.
Surf, Sail, and Glide Your Way to Fun in the Outer Banks With Shoreline OBX
From water sports and stunning sunsets to savory seafood and rich history, the Outer Banks of North Carolina offer something for everyone. If you want the full the OBX experience, then you need a great place to stay. All along the coast, Shoreline OBX offers some of the best Outer Banks rentals available. From cozy rentals perfect for a handful of people to beach homes that can house over a dozen, Shoreline OBX is your source for the best Outer Banks vacation homes. Start planning your trip today by downloading our free Outer Banks vacation guide. Then contact us by calling (800) 449-2036, and we’ll help you choose which of our OBX vacation rentals that’s right for you.