Rumor has it, years ago the Killdeer bird heavily populated the sand and brush on the Outer Banks, giving it the nickname “Killdeer Hills.” Over time, the name evolved and the area was given the name Kill Devil Hills.
This little town in the Outer Banks is just north of the popular Nags Head and it’s perfect for family travelers; my 2 and 3 year old daughters had a blast while there. We love the area so much and I’m thrilled to share this list of 41 things to do in Kill Devil Hills with you.
Let’s get started!
41 Things To Do In Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina
1. Wright Brothers National Memorial
There’s a lot of walking to be done at this monument, so toddlers/preschool aged kids may need a stroller or wagon. This is a good stop for history lovers like me as you learn a lot about the Wright brothers and what they did in the early 1900’s This monument has boulder markers marking the location and distances of their first attempts at flying. It’s $10 for every adult, 15 years and under are free.
2. Jockey’s Ridge State Park
The sand dunes at Jockey’s Ridge are massive! The state park is home to the largest sand dune on the east coast. It fluctuates through out the year between 80 and 100 feet tall, depending on the weather and the hurricane season. This is a popular place to fly kites and to hang glide as well.
3. Forbes Candies
Try some yummy salt water taffy, fudge, peanut brittle, and more tasty treaties at Forbes Candies.
4.Captain Georges Seafood Restaurant
Order bacon cheese fries and eat your heart out at the expansive seafood buffet.
5. Pirates Beachwear
Shop at a quintessential American beach town, multi-story, souvenir shop. This store has everything you forgot to pack for your trip and more.
6. Kitty Hawk Cycle Company
It’s very common to see people riding bikes around the town of Kill Devil Hills. You can bike between attractions, beaches, and restaurants or take your bike rental on the trails and paths in the area.
7. Ocean Atlantic Rentals
Rent a stand up paddle board from Ocean Atlantic Rentals and paddle around the sound. This rental shop has high ratings and customers praise their sales staff and their customer service.
8. Destination Fun
A great way to spend time on a rainy day; you can play lazer tag, black light mini golf, arcade games, jump in the bounce house, and more at Destination Fun.
9. Comedy Club of the Outer Banks
Enjoy a delicious menu full of American style and seafood dishes while you watch a show at the OBX Comedy Club.
10. Kill Devil’s Frozen Custard and Beach Fries
Waffle cones, burgers, waffle custard sandwiches, pulled pork sandwiches, and BUCKETS of beach fries all await at Kill Devil’s. Grab your food and eat out on their screened in porch, or at the picnic tables out front to enjoy the sun shine and ocean breeze.
11. Windswept Wellness
Spend some time at the spa with Windswept Wellness. They offer facials, body wraps, massages, beach yoga and even kids yoga classes.
12. Outer Banks Jeep Rentals
Renting a Jeep is a guide way to truly see the Outer Banks because they can go in all of the 4X4 beaches that the Outer Banks offers. Outer Banks Jeep Rentals is centrally located on the Outer Banks, in Kill Devil Hills. So, it’s a perfect location to reach 4×4 beaches anywhere along the banks.
13. OBX Mystery Dinner
Embrace your inner detective at the OBC Mystery Dinner complete with props, costumes, mug shots and other interactive aspects.
14. Ferris Avenue Beach Access
This beach access has ample parking and outdoor showers. Grab a book and enjoy the beautiful beach.
15. Cypress House Bed & Breakfast
Spend a night at this bed and breakfast that dates back to the 1940’s. This is a cozy beach house, the exterior is painted a fun blue color, and they offer loaner bikes as well.
16. Kill Devil Hills Movies
Another rainy day or night time activity; head over to Kill Devil Hills Movie Theatre and watch a feature film before calling it a night.
17. Outer Banks Olive Oil Co
A super fun and unique thing to do while in Kill Devil Hills is to head to head over to Outer Banks Olive Oil Co to sample a variety of olive oil and vinaigrette flavors. Bringing home an unusual and delicious vinaigrette is a cool and unique souvenir to bring home from your trip to Kill Devil Hills.
18. Bianca’s Tea Leaf Readings
Bianca will come to you in Kill Devil Hills. She’s a psychic who does tarot card readings. You can also book her as a spiritual life coach and holistic practitioner. This can be a good way to have a fun and entertaining time on a rainy day in Kill Devil Hills.
19. Ocean Bay Life Saving Station
There are several life saving stations on the Outer Banks, The buildings have a unique and specific style to them that is common in architecture in the Outer Banks.
20. Just For The Beach
You can rent beach chairs, bikes, kayaks, baby equipment, and more from Just For The Beach. They have a great deal on weekly rentals. At the time of writing this post, you can a beach chair for $15/weeks and a bicycle for $45/week!
21. OBX Golf Carts
A lot of people choose to rent a golf cart to get around Kill Devil Hills and other Outer Banks towns as well. A simple golf cart that seats four people can be rented for around $400-$500 a week.
22. Raleigh Avenue Public Beach
This is a great option for travelers with children because it has an ample paved parking area, outdoor showers, a porta potty, a lifeguard, and a wooden walkway with a covered gazebo area.
23. Aviation Park
Aviation Park is a good place to stop to have a picnic. This park also has a little skate park so it’s great for family travelers who have children who like to skate.
24. Hang 12 Art gallery
If you are a fun of artistic things, you should stop by Hang 12 Art gallery and see the work done by Brad Price.
25. Island Dye It Yourself
Rainy day? Miserably hot day? Come into Island Dye It Yourself and make your own tie dye items!
26. Outer Banks Brewing Station
Taste award winning house made beers and sodas at the Outer Banks Brewing Station. This is another good stop for family travelers; your kids can try specialty soda while you try the specialty beers!
27. Outer Banks Disc Golf Course
Get active outdoors playing disc golf at the Outer Banks Disc Gold Course.
28. Woodmere Avenue Public Beach
A basic beach access, but it is equipped with a life guard and outdoor showers. Plus, the water is just gorgeous at this beach.
29. Run Hill State Natural Area
Wild and mysterious, the Run Hill State Natural Area is sort of like a smaller Jockey’s Ridge. It’s an undeveloped nature area full of sand dunes. You can get great 360 degree views of the waters surrounding the town of Kill Devil Hills.
30. The Well Yoga Co-Op
The Well Yoga Co-Op offers yoga classes, Reiki sessions, and acupuncture as well. A day at the beach and the at this yoga cop-op.. talk about relaxation.
31. Scoops Homemade Ice Cream Parlor
Cool off with a waffle cone, sundae, or delicious smoothie from Scoops!
32. Jolly Rogers
Curb your craving for Italian food at Jolly Rogers; a long standing popular restaurant in Kill Devil Hills that will always be a crowd pleaser.
33. Dare County Arboretum and Teaching Garden
Walk the ground and enjoy the quiet and secluded area with brick pathways that wind through the aquatic and dune areas that make up the garden. Enjoy the butterfly garden as well as the local flora and fauna.
34. Kitty Hawk Kites Hang Gliding School
Despite the name, this hang gliding school is in Kill Devil Hills and has a lot of different options for people of different ages and abilities. You can go dune hang gliding, tandem hang gliding, and kids can take lessons as well.
35. West Third Street Public Estuarine Access
This is a popular spot to watch the sunset in Kill Devil Hills!
36. Carolina Sunrise
Fishing charters are numerous along the Outer Banks and honestly, if you can afford one, I think it is a must do while in the Outer Banks. Off the coast of Kill Devil Hills there are Sea Trout, Flounder, Bluefish, croakers, Sea Mullet, Pompana and big fish such as Cobia, Kings, and Red Drum can also be found on the oceanside of Kill Devil Hills.
37. The Little Red Mailbox
At the Glenmere Beach access there is a little red mailbox full of notes and letters from locals and tourists alike. Read a few, then add your own inspirational message to the little red mailbox
38. Prospect Avenue Public Beach
Another good option for family travelers as there is a nice wooden walk way, porta potties, and outdoor showers.
39. Kill Devil Hills Nature Conservancy
Looking for a place to hike or simply get into nature while in Kill Devil Hills? The nature conservancy has trails and boardwalks that over look marsh areas of the area.
40. Lost Treasure Golf
Whats an American beach vacation with out a round or two of putt putt golf. Did you know the man who invented mini golf was from North Carolina?
41. Stoney Spencer’s Shrimp Shack
Before you leave Kill Devil Hills, you should stop by Stoney Spencer’s Shrimp Shack to have dinner on the pier. What a great send off, right? Ocean views and breezes while you enjoy delicious local seafood.. yes please!
I hope this list of thing to do in Kill Devil Hills is the start of an epic trip for you! If you have any questions about the area, just drop them in the comments below.
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