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Since you and your family decided on your new home in Rocky Mount, you realize there are many great “get-a-ways” across North Carolina. One of these spots, has become a known travel destination for in or out of state visitors. Only a couple of hours’ drive from Belmont Lake Preserve, you never need to long for a fantastic family trip for an Outer Banks NC Vacation.

Whether or not it’s been since you have decided to relocate to the Belmont Lake Preserve new home neighborhood, we are certain, you’ve heard the buzz about an Outer Banks NC Vacation. In case you are unfamiliar, the Outer Banks is a 130-mile stretch of islands on the north coast of North Carolina. In addition to hosting some amazing beaches, quaint, waterfront towns, and great fishing areas, the Outer Banks is also known for the natural wonders and beauty it possesses as well. Since the “secret” has got out, many have made the Outer Banks their family’s summer or spring trip destination. One visit and you will understand why.

You will barely be able to contain your excitement once embarking on your amazing Outer Banks NC Vacation. Likewise, with so much to do on this trip, we could not contain it o just one post. Thus, the second in this two post series will continue your journey.

Why an Outer Banks NC Vacation? What is all the Buzz About?

Well, for starters, as we mentioned above, the beauty of these coastal islands is truly a sight to see. On top of this, there are so many different areas with their own special type of things to enjoy, truly is a unique experience from one stop to the next on your Outer Banks NC Vacation. Below, we will take a look at some of the activities, establishments, and history awaiting at the different destinations on the Outer Banks, and we think you will wholeheartedly agree.

First Stop: Roanoke Island

History

Each stop and area along your Outer Banks NC Vacation truly has its own history and tale to tell. Founded almost 450 years ago, Roanoke Island is the site of the New World’s first English settlement. Strangely, three years after settling, when ships returned every colonist had vanished, without a trace. All these years later, the fate of those first settlers remains untold and unknown. 

However, at the Roanoke Island Festival Park, you can analyze and derive your own conclusion as to what happened to those first founding settlers. Likewise, get a feel for what they encountered and dealt with in daily life at the settlement site or aboard the 16th-century merchant ship replica, Elizabeth II. its many “re-creators” on hand, this is a fun and educational walk back into time, and we are just starting your trip!

Fishing, Food, and Flying

Roanoke Island separates the Roanoke and Croatian sounds and is known for its fishing ports for over 1,000 years. This not only means great fishing, but it also means incredibly fresh seafood. Commercial vessels return with blue crabs, shrimp, tuna, and more that can be bought fresh or at countless local restaurants specializing in these “catches.” 

Consequently, those “in the water” aren’t the only living creatures known in this area of the Outer Banks. Manteo, located here, is home to the National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center, and the 150,000-plus acre Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. See in this wooded and beautiful open, forested area, birds, alligators, black bears, and red wolves to name just a few. Not into “the wildlife,” try a Kitty Hawk kayak tour of this area’s canals and creeks while on your Outer Banks NC Vacation. 

Other spots among the countless attractions here are flying and aviation tours, the iconic Bodie Island lighthouse or Kitty Hawk. There are even parachuting and skydiving tours in this area of your Outer Banks NC Vacation.

In our next post, we will continue on to a few more activities on your Outer Banks NC Vacation. For more on Belmont Lake Preserve, visit belmontlakepreserve.com.