Summer on the Outer Banks of North Carolina reminds us of what’s important in our lives: family, friends and a meaningful connection to the natural world. There are an unlimited number of opportunities for you to enjoy all that the Outer Banks offers in the warmer months of summer, and Sanderling’s Adventure Concierge is eager to help you with your exploration and experience planning.
Perfect for all fitness and energy levels, biking is a wonderful way to take in the fresh summer air while seeing the Outer Banks sights. There are numerous bike paths near the Sanderling, meandering north to Corolla(10 miles), or south toward Duck 5 miles).
Local to the Sanderling is the historic township of Corolla, N.C. originally a rustic outpost of civilization dating back to the 1870s. Kitty Hawk Kites offers a unique and exciting segway tour of the area—with accompanying training—for those interested in learning more about the history of the area and viewing the numerous renovated landmarks.
KITTY HAWK KITES offers a number of outdoor adventures, including the popular activity of parasailing. Take off by boat from their location in Duck, N.C. to experience a bird’s eye-view—up to 1,200 feet in the air—of the Currituck Sound and Southern Shores. Or venture down to their Manteo waterfront location to try the view over the Roanoke Sound and Nags Head. Kitty Hawk Kites also offers dune hang gliding classes and paragliding lessons, held on the forgiving sand dunes at Jockey’s Ridge State Park in Nags Head.
LIGHTHOUSE TOURS are a wonderful way to see the wider Outer Banks sights in the summertime. Venturing up a winding staircase to the top of a lighthouse rewards climbers with a breath of fresh, salty summer air and stunning views of the surrounding landscape. Visitor’s Centers are chock-full of Outer Banks maritime history and memorabilia. The Currituck Lighthouse, unpainted brick and operational since 1875, is close to the Sanderling and well worth a trip.
HIKING through nature preserves and maritime forests is another ideal summer activity, given the cooler temperatures and refreshing air found amongst the canopies. Pack your picnic from the Sandbar, and walk the trails of Nags Head Woods, Buxton Woods, and Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge.
If the beach and the pools can be left, venture south to Roanoke Island Festival Park, where children of all ages will learn Outer Banks history as they clamber over the Elizabeth II, a representation of one of the seven English ships from the Roanoke voyage of 1585, and wind their way through numerous interactive exhibits and “settlements.” Plan on a showing of the evening outdoor drama, The Lost Colony.
If it’s a hot day and nothing but air conditioning seems right, the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island could be the perfect spot. Or perhaps a trip to the North Carolina Wildlife Education Center, just up the road from Sanderling in Corolla. The Center, will delight and educate you with its emphasis on regional animals, history and landscapes.