Kitty Hawk is best known for being the place where the Wright Brothers first took flight in 1903 and over the decades it has become one of the favorite cities in the Outer Banks. These 28 things to do in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina will add so much fun to a trip to the Outer Banks.
Many of the visitors to the Outer Banks comment on some of the unusual names that the towns have there. Kitty Hawk is one of them. It is said that the Native American name for hunting geese, “Killy Honker.” Although no one can be 100% sure, the name of the town first showed up on English maps in the early 1700’s as “Chickahawk”; however, by the late 1700’s land deeds referred to settlements in the area as “Kitty huk” and “Kitty Hark”, and eventually, “Kitty Hawk.”
Wether you’re looking for a calm beach vacation, a family fun packed trip, or an adventurous outdoor trip–Kitty Hawk, has something for everyone. It may be small, but it’s obvious why Kitty Hawk has become so popular among Outer Banks visitors.
28 Things To Do In Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
1.Kitty Hawk Pier
Take a walk out out on the pier, sit and enjoy the ocean breeze, or try your luck at fishing off the end.
2. Monument to a Century of Flight
Fourteen stainless steel wing shaped pylons stand raised between 10 to 20 feet and organized in a 120 feet circle symbolizing the length of the Wright Brothers first flight.
3. Kitty Hawk Kayak and Surf School
Rent a stand up paddle board or kayak from Kitty Hawk Kayak and Surf school to paddle around the sound.
4. Sandy Run Park
This is a super cute little area of Kitty Hawk. A short walk through a wooded area leads you to a series of boardwalks over a marshy area on Kitty Hawk.
5. Kitty Hawk RV Park
Hotels and beach cottages are great but, spending a night camping is always a great way to spend time in a new area.
6. Candy and Corks
Indulge your sweet tooth and buy scrumptious fudge and candies from Candy and Corks.
7. Kitty Hawk Woods Coastal Reserve
This is a great place to do some hiking and fishing. Plus, it’s a really popular place for kayakers as well.
8. Stack Em’ High Pancakes
Grab yourself a huge stack of pancakes, delectable french toast covered in fruit and powdered sugar, or try a traditional biscuits n’ gravy with grits.
9. Avalon Pier
This pier is on a super flat and expensive beach making it a perfect place to visit with young kids.
10. Mom’s Sweet Shop
This is a one stop shop for travelers. Lose your shoes to the waves? Got a sweet tooth? Wanting to grab a few souvenirs? Mom’s Sweet Shop has you covered for all of those things and more.
11. Kitty Hawk Beach
Fill your day with a little R n’ R on the Kitty Hawk. Build sand castles with your kids, take a dip, or read a book while you soak up some vitamin D.
12. Wright Brothers Multi-Use Path
Not only a great place to enjoy a nature walk, this path is one of the best spots in Kitty Hawk to watch the sunrise/sunset.
13. Holy Redeemer By The Sea
If you’re religious you may like to attend a service or visit the Holy Redeemer church by the ocean!
14. Island Bookstore
Fuel up with snacks and drinks from the Island Bookstore. Then, buy yourself an easy reading book and your ready for a day on the beach.
15. Coastal Kayak Touring Company
If you are new to kayaking or just new to Kitty Hawk, taking a tour with the Coastal Kayak Touring Company would be perfect for you.
16. Rent A Bike
It’s super popular to get around Kitty Hawk via bicycle. Take part in this city tradition and rent a bike to see the city in a more personal way.
17. Outer Bean Cafe
Fuel up for your fun packed day in Kitty Hawk with a coffee from Outer Bean Cafe.
18. Hotline Thrift Store
Immerse yourself in a beach town thrifting experience. Thrifting in a travel destination is something my family and I like to do. It’s a unique way to see what a town is like and you can often find souvenir type t-shirts for a low price.
19. Fishing Charters
This is a really popular way to spend time along the North Carolina coast. You can hire a fishing charter to take your out salt water fishing. There’s a lot of sheepshead, small mullets, largemouth bass, flounder and shellfish off the coast of Kitty Hawk.
20. Paradise Golf and Arcade
What would a beach vacation be without a stereotypical trip to the local arcade and mini golf? It’s the quintessential American beach vacation activity.
21. Outer Banks Yoga Studio
Recenter yourself with yoga in a little beach town on the Outer Banks of North Carolina? Yes and Yes!
22. Big Buck’s Homemade Ice Cream
Indulge your sweet tooth with homemade ice cream flavors or banana split from Big Buck’s!
23. Kitty Hawk’s Super Wings
Another quintessential America beach vacation activities. Super Wings is one of those massive multi-level souvenir shops where you can buy everything from city t-shirts to bathings suits and weird little seashells with googly eyes slued on. 😛
24. Wright Brothers Mural
The Wright Brother Mural is on North Croatan Highway and is the best spot for a street art vacation photo op.
25. Brew Thru
NOT just for alcohol, you can actually buy souvenirs, snacks and non alcoholic beverages at this drive thru store in Kitty Hawk.
26. Wright Brother’s Garage Monument
Up your knowledge about the Wright Brothers and the town of Kitty Hawk at the Wright Brother’s Garage Monument.
27. Hayman Park
One of my favorite ways to save money while traveling is to picnic in different parks and scenic areas. Hayman Park is a great place to stop off for a picnic!
28. Chilli Peppers Coastal Grill
This restaurant serves seafood with a latin twist. Grab a margarita and get your shrimp on!
I hope this list helps you get started on an awesome trip to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. If you have any questions about the area, just drop them in the comments below. 🙂
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