Rainy Day Activities for Kids in the Outer Banks


Tips for enjoying a rainy day with the family

Rainy Day


An Outer Banks vacation is supposed to be all about hitting the waves and lounging in the sun. Isn’t that the reason you brought your kids? So that they could get out and play, get rid of all that excess energy.  Unfortunately, you can’t ensure good weather every day of your trip. When those rain clouds start rolling in, you may panic and wonder, what do I do with my little ones?

Don’t fret! Here are a few activities for when the weather won’t cooperate with your vacation plans.


Fool Proof Rainy Day Activities for Kids:



aquarium-2The North Carolina Aquarium

Staring through the glass of an aquarium, it can almost feel like you’re swimming with the fishes in the deep sea. Located in Manteo, the North Carolina Aquarium boasts 68,000 sq. ft. for visitors and a giant saltwater tank measuring 285,000 gallons.


Kids don’t always jump for joy when they hear that they’re going to a museum. But the museums in the Outer Banks will keep the whole family entertained, and out of the rain. There are museums to meet every taste from the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum where the kids can learn about Blackbeard the pirate to the Wild Horse Museum for equine lovers.

Indoor Entertainment

If the kids are complaining about being bored, then head over to Destination Fun. Laser tag, an arcade, a bounce house and even indoor mini golf! Or if bowling is more your speed, why not try OBX Bowling in Nags Head, classic, family-friendly fun!

Art Galleries

Locally owned galleries are located throughout the Outer Banks. Let your kids get a taste for the finer things in life.


There are plenty of shops where kids can create their own souvenirs such as at Life on a Sandbar. They also do braiding/hair beads, a staple for any kid’s OBX vacation. Or try What the Shell which features a craft corner where kids can paint shells.


Did the sun come back out?

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