Rainy Day Activites on the Outer Banks

Rainy days while on a beach vacation can be a bummer, but luckily, the Outer Banks has got some great family-friendly indoor activities! Aside from enjoying some of the famous local fare at any one of the many restaurants dotting the OBX, shopping at the small locally-owned businesses, or catching a movie at the theater, here are a few more options you and your family are sure to enjoy!

Each of the three themed escape rooms at OBXscape Rooms in Southern Shores all have integrated technology to provide an awesome real-life adventure game in which participants are figuratively locked in a room & have to use its objects & elements to solve a series of puzzles, discover hidden clues, & make logical connections in order to find the way out, hence, escape! Escape Rooms are an interactive & thrilling unique experience for you, your family & friends to complete a challenging task together. www.ob-xscape-rooms.com

The Outer Banks Children @ Play Museum in Kitty Hawk is a small but dynamic interactive museum designed to encourage families to learn and grow together through play! Enjoy some real Outer Banks life as you play in and around the 25 foot charter fishing boat, take your catch to the market, then cook it all up in our Children @ Play Cafe. Take care of sick bears in the Outer Banks Teddy Bear Hospital or leave a beautiful picture in our giant lite brite. Make memories while enhancing your child’s math, science, language, and social skills. Special classes covered by the price of admission are available throughout the year. www.childrenatplayobx.org

Step into the action with state of the art sport simulators at Turf’s Up OBX in Kitty Hawk! Perfect your golf swing, pitch a perfect inning, hone your penalty kick or unleash your inner quarterback when you select from 13 different hi-definition games! www.turfsupobx.com

Destination Fun in Kill Devil Hills offers exciting indoor activities for the entire family to enjoy rain or shine. With live action laser tag, black light mini gold, over 60 arcade games and an enclose bounce house play area, everyone is sure to have a great time at Destination Fun! www.destinationfunplex.com

Enjoy bowling, arcade games, and a fully-stocked café at OBX Bowling in Nags Head! www.obxbowlingcenter.com

Gearworks Family Fun Center in Nags Head offers state-of-the-art laser tag games, arcade games, air hockey and more! www.outerbankslasertag.com

The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island educates visitors on the state's many ecosystems and the animals inhabiting them. Featuring a 285,000-gallon exhibit housing the largest group of sharks in the state, you will also see alligators, turtles, fish and North American river otters, as well as touch stingrays, sea stars, a white-spotted bamboo shark and more! You can also visit the Sea Turtle Assistance and Rehabilitation (STAR) Center to see the turtle patients through viewing windows on the holding tanks and hear their recovery stories from the people who help them every day before they are released back into the wild! www.ncaquariums.com/roanoke-island

Treat yourself at Aqua Restaurant & Spa in Duck! The oasis of serenity on the Outer Banks, you will enjoy full menu of spa services that are designed to renew and relax you during treatments using only organic products. Grab a delicious lunch & overlook the Currituck Sound when you’re done.  www.aquaobx.com

The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras is named in honor of the thousands of shipwrecks that litter North Carolina’s coast, and is dedicated to the preservation and presentation of the state’s coastal and shipwreck history. Shipwrecks associated with piracy, the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, and World Wars I and II are the subject of changing exhibits. The museum has remnants of the earliest known shipwreck found in North Carolina waters, dating to 1650. www.ncmaritimemuseums.com