Monday, June 28, 2010

Beach Trip to Nags Head

We just returned from a wonderful family vacation to Nags Head with my family. As I wrote back in 2008, our family has vacationed every summer in Virginia Beach since my dad was little and so this was a big change for us. As sad as it is to take a break in a tradition, it was exciting to explore somewhere new and most importantly be together.

Food is key to us for having a good vacation. We enjoy meals out as a family but with all the little ones, we also enjoy good takeout. You can also count on my dad firing up the charcoal grill every year for steak night. A few of our favorite spots included: Basnights Lone Cedar Cafe, Mama Kwans for fish tacos, Austin's Seafood Market for takout, Black Pelican, American Pie for ice cream, Duck Donut for made to order donuts and Front Porch Cafe for that afternoon iced coffee pick-me-up.

Maddie with her sprinkle donut from Duck Donuts

Nags Head

There were so many things to explore in the Outer Banks but a few things we did this trip included

Driving out on the beach early in Corolla in search of wild horses. We did see one before having to turn around due to the Pilot not being overly equipped for the sand.

Corolla Beach

Visiting the Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Wildlife Museum. For some reason I thought all the NC lighthouses were black and white so I had prepared Anna for something different than the red brick lighthouse but it was still really cool.

Currituck  Beach Lighthouse

Visiting the NC Aquarium in Manteo. The aquarium was a little smaller than I had thought but it turned out to be the perfect size considering the kids were 3 yrs, 2 yrs, 1 yr and then a 6 week old :). It was shark Thursday so Anna got to make a shark hand puppet, got a shark tattoo and was given a sharks tooth. The highlight to Anna was seeing the Otters!

NC Aquarium in Manteo

NC Aquarium, Manteo

And of course we spent time on the beach.

Nags Head

It was a wonderful vacation!!

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