When most travelers think of planning a great getaway somewhere exciting, there’s a tendency to focus on those warm-weather months when the temperatures soar and the option to jump in the water or spend time sunbathing on the shoreline is at its prime. However, there’s a lot to be said for winter getaways that provide just as much opportunity for fun without the crowds to contend with. If you’re someone who looks forward to exploring new places and is up for an off-season adventure, then a trip to the Outer Banks in the Winter might be just what you’ve been searching for. This lovely locale is a great place to enjoy in the summer months, but it’s charm also extends to winter when there’s just as much to see and do. The following are just a few of many reasons why travelers would want to visit the Outer Banks this lovely time of year.
History Is Still Accessible
For many travelers with a passion for pursuing the stories of the past, there’s nothing more exciting then landing somewhere to enjoy a great vacation and spend time exploring historical landmarks while you’re there. Fortunately, for winter travelers to the Outer Banks, history is still very much accessible and exciting when you make your way this direction in the winter season. Among the many historic landmarks the Outer Banks boasts, the Wright Brothers’ Memorial is a fan-favorite. Even if you don’t have an enthusiasm for air travel, seeing where innovation in this industry started can be thrilling! This memorial is meaningful and moving on many levels. A stop here is well worth your time when you’re looking to pay homage to individuals who shaped and changed the aviation industry long before it was considered a possibility.
Enjoy a Fishing Charter
It might not be an activity that springs top of mind when you consider a winter getaway to the Outer Banks but booking a fishing charter is still very much an option this time of year! There are a variety of fishing charter services that cater to travelers year-round across the Outer Banks. Booking a guided fishing experience is a good way to not only maintain high safety standards on winter waters, but access some of the most exciting seasonal fish species. The vast majority of these charters include all of the gear and bait you might need in the cost of the experience. This makes it convenient to get out and make the most of the day on the waves. Similarly, your friendly and knowledgeable guide should be able to take you directly to the best seasonal fishing spots and point out incredible local area facts along the way. It’s an experience that promises to be as engaging as it is educational. Not to mention exciting when you get that first bite!
Warm Up at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island
If you love the idea of a watery adventure close to marine life during a winter Outer Banks getaway but you’re less inclined to get out on the water when temperatures fall, heading over to the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island is a good compromise! This exciting stop is a great place to learn about and see local marine life up close without any boats necessary. It’s a family-friendly stop that focuses on marine conservation as well as hands-on learning opportunities through exciting displays and exhibits to enjoy. It’s well worth your while when you want to warm up, but don’t want the fun to stop while you do.
Check Out a Lighthouse or Two
One of the defining landmarks that makes the Outer Banks in the Winter so memorable are its many lighthouses. These testaments to an architectural pastime continue to serve important roles and provide a place for travelers to admire year-round as well. Take some time to check out one or many while you’re in the area this winter. It’s a great chance to snap a shot of an iconic landmark or enjoy a new perspective on the terrain. If you happen to be someone with a passion for photography, every lighthouse across the Outer Banks provides a unique take on angles and light. It’s worth visiting the same lighthouse different times of day to capture a unique look on the water, surrounding landscape, and sky with different colors at your disposal. Consider it a winter photography session that’s truly one-of-a-kind!
Enjoy the Best of Restaurants
The temperature may change across the Outer Banks when summer transitions to winter, but the savory options available at local restaurants stay wonderfully the same! If you’re the type of traveler that can’t wait for mouthwatering moments on vacation, the Outer Banks is brimming over with restaurants to check out that feature the best of local fare and globally inspired cuisine alike.
Adventure is waiting for you in the Outer Banks, so what are you waiting for? Let the team at Shoreline OBX make sure your vacation rental is ready to go so that when you arrive, the only thing left to do is focus on the fun. Reach out today to learn more about our many area rental options and to begin planning your next trip!