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Plan a Spring Journey to the Outer Banks

Spring has sprung and like the change of seasons, you too are ready for a change of scenery. After the cooler temperatures of winter but before the summer crowds arrive, spring presents an excellent time to escape to the Outer Banks. Brighten your spring getaway and figure out what to do in the Outer Banks for spring.

Book a Fishing Charter

Spring is an excellent time for fishing in the Outer Banks, as this is when the biggest red drum, bluefish, speckled trout, and bluefin can be caught. Anglers have plenty of options for fishing spots in the Outer Banks, choosing from surf fishing from the shore, pier fishing, or near-shore and offshore angling from a boat charter. For the full experience, explore a fishing charter with companies such as Corolla Bait & Tackle, where you can get out on the water and land a prize catch. From casual crabbing trips to full day, deep water fishing excursions, it is quickly apparent why the Outer Banks is such a beloved fishing destination!

Tour a Garden

With the warmth of spring brings spectacular blooms at the Elizabethan Gardens. Stroll along winding paths as cherry laurel, Carolina yellow jasmine, pansies, tulips, and dozens of other blossoms come to life all around. As part of the North Carolina Birding Trail, you’ll also spot birdhouses throughout the gardens that attract species such as the great crested flycatcher, magnolia warbler, and Baltimore oriole. Fountains, sunken gardens, and benches along the way provide ample spots to stop and soak in the beauty of nature. Families traveling with children will enjoy exploring the Discovery Cottage and other Outer Banks activities.

Hit the Beach

Without the summer crowds, the beaches in the Outer Banks are especially pleasant during the spring months. While the waters will likely be too chilly for a comfortable swim, there are still many activities happening along the waterfront. Master kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding or consider something more adventurous such as kiteboarding. If you’d rather keep your toes in the sand, consider an outing to see Corolla’s famous wild horses, which can often be found frolicking right along the beachfront. Rent your own 4×4 vehicle or book one of the easily accessible wild horse tours!

See the Sights from the Sky

One great way to see more of the beautiful Outer Banks is to take to the skies with an air tour. Several companies offer tour flights, both in small planes and helicopters. If you’ve ever wanted to experience flight in a biplane with an open cockpit, there’s no better place than flying over Kitty Hawk, where the Wright Brothers first flew! Guests of all ages can have a memorable experience seeing the Outer Banks from the air, spotting schools of fish, shipwrecks, and wild horses on the beach. There are even flying lessons available, so go ahead and fulfill that lifelong dream of being a pilot!

Test Your Climbing Skills

Do you have a budding ninja warrior in your family? Then there’s no better place to spend a spring day than Corolla Adventure Park, the go-to spot for action and adventure! When the spring season opens in the Outer Banks, so does this awesome “jungle gym in the sky,” complete with 11 different obstacle circuits and eight ziplines. You can also channel your inner lumberjack and try your hand at the axe throwing arena. Young adventurers can enroll in Coastal Adventure Camp, and spend a memorable half-day climbing and learning to paddleboard, while parents get some alone time. It’s a family adventure you’ll never forget!

Explore the Local Wilderness

If you’re new to the Outer Banks and want to learn about the local flora and fauna, you may want to first stop at the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education. This fun and informative museum offers great activities and classes for all ages, as well as an awesome educational film about the natural history of the area. Then you’re ready to head out into nature! Take a day trip to Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, located on the north end of Hatteras Island. More than 350 species of birds spend time here throughout the year, and there are several fully accessible wildlife trails for you to enjoy. If you’re more interested in forests than birds, check out the trail at Springer’s Point on Ocracoke: live oaks provide a fascinating maritime forest habitat for you to explore, and the trail ends up at a wonderful beach facing the Sound.

Spring Activities in the Outer Banks

Spend this spring in the Outer Banks, basing your stay in one of these upscale Outer Banks vacation rentals. Many of these homes offer perks such as a heated swimming pool and hot tub, offering the perfect temperature for your spring swim. This spring, come see why so many people have fallen in love with the Outer Banks!