Things to do in NAGS HEAD with kids

Lighthouses, battleships, wildlife, thrilling roller coasters, pirates…and ghosts? Seem like a place your kids will love? Best get to North Carolina pretty quickly then!

This incredible state has SO much to do for kids…here’s why!  How about climbing aboard the historic Battleship USS North Carolina? Kids can experience true history (AND search for those ghosts at the same time!).  There is farm fun with places like Winterpast Farm and Hill Ridge Farms - or perhaps they want some of the BIGGER animals with North Carolina Zoo and the rehabilitative Aloha Safari Zoo.

The whole family can get their big thrills at Tweetsie Railroad or Ghost Town In The Sky (only for those brave outlaws) - oh yes, the pirates! North Carolina Maritime Museums can take kids back to the times of Blackbeard!

There are incredible gem fun with Gold City Gem Mine, and underground adventure at Linville Caverns, and even a swamp! Dismal Swamp State Park will introduce kids to this geological wonder.

We did tell you that North Carolina had great places to visit with kids…now the hard part. What to do first!

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  • Jockeys Ridge State Park

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    (1 miles) Nags Head

    There are many reasons why millions of people visit Jockey's Ridge State Park. Some come to see the tallest sand dune on the Atlantic coast; others come for the spectacular sunsets.

  • Jeannettes Pier

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    (4 miles) Nags Head

    Fishing, families and fun....all at Jeannette's Pier on the beautiful North Carolina coast. A fun day for kids to explore the coast, the beaches and the ocean!

  • North Carolina Aquarium Roanoke Island

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    (5 miles) Manteo

    An underwater adventure with native North Carolina creatures. Kids can enjoy this underwater adventure on Roanoke Island, with the largest shark collection in the state!

  • Pettigrew State Park

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    (45 miles) Creswell

    With more than 1,300 acres of land around Lake Phelps and more than 3,000 acres along the Scuppernong River, with an additional 16,600 acres of water, Pettigrew State Park is an ideal blend of ...

  • Frisco Mini Golf And Go Karts

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    (48 miles) Frisco

    Mini golf fun in North Carolina with an 18-hole championship course, as well as go karts, games room and even arcade!

  • Frisco Native American Museum

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    (50 miles) Frisco

    Housed in a building with a 100 years of history, the Frisco Native American Museum & Natural History Center contains a nationally recognized collection of Native American artifacts, exhibits, and ...

  • Northwest River Park

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    (52 miles) Chesapeake

    A beautiful 763 acre park and campground in Chesapeake, with year round nature fun including hiking, fishing and boating!

  • Dismal Swamp State Park

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    (56 miles) South Mills

    A historic and wild experience for the family at this lush swamp filled with wildlife, hiking trails, and kayaking. An incredibly North Carolina wonder!

  • Hunt Club Petting Farm

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    (61 miles) Virginia Beach

    Hunt Club Farm is a 23 acre family-owned farm in the heart of Virginia Beach - just 5 miles from the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Provides Agricultural based education and entertainment for the local ...

  • Adventure Park at Virginia Aquarium

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    (63 miles) Virginia Beach

    It's an adventure in the trees for those active kids over 5 years, with an aerial forest park with bridges and zip lines at Virginia Beach!

  • Ocean Breeze Waterpark

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    (63 miles) Virginia Beach

    A family friendly Caribbean water park in Virginia Beach, with over 30 slides, rides and attractions! Make that SPLASH!

  • Motor World

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    (63 miles) Virginia Beach

    Motor World is "your place to race" in Virginia Beach, Virginia featuring 11 go-kart tracks, 250 Karts with 16 different style Go-Karts to choose from.

  • Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center

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    (63 miles) Virginia Beach

    Check out our hundreds of hands-on exhibits, outdoor aviary, nature trail, and marshlands. Plus you won't want to miss the 3D IMAX Theater. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're ...

  • Chesapeake Planetarium

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    (63 miles) Chesapeake

    Public programs available at this fascinating planetarium, where kids can learn all about the wonders of space from Chesapeake!

  • Great Bridge Lock Park

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    (63 miles) Chesapeake

    A 19 acre park surrounded by a canal and river, with playground and picnics too. A great spot in nature in Chesapeake

  • Grommet Island Park

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    (63 miles) Virginia Beach

    A beautiful outdoor beach playground in Virginia with 100% accessible oceanfront park!

  • Rudee Tours Cruises

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    (64 miles) Virginia Beach

    Dolphin watching cruises, sunset cruises and wildlife cruises (including whale watching!)...all with Virginia Beach's Ridee Tours. Take the family on a very special family day out off the Virginia ...

  • Captain Jacks Pirate Ship Adventures

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    (64 miles) Virginia Beach

    Arrrr...family adventures on the high seas with Captain Jack's Pirate Ship Adventures! Get out and search for treasure on their pirate ship tours complete with water cannons - swashbuckling!

  • Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum

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    (64 miles) Virginia Beach

    A beautiful museum in Virginia Beach which hopes to preserve and exhibit the story of waterfowl - through the history, through artifacts and through art.

  • Chesapeake Arboretum

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    (64 miles) Chesapeake

    Visit 48 acres of nature's classroom at this Chesapeake Arboretum, with gardens, trails, and amazing nature to explore!

  • Atlantic Fun Park

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    (64 miles) Virginia Beach

    A super fun amusement park in Virginia Beach with family fun rides, tasty foods and super awesome games!

  • Chesapeake City Park

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    (64 miles) Chesapeake

    90 acres of nature for families, with open space and reforested pine trees. Great park space within the city of Chesapeake, with playgrounds, skate park and activities for all!

  • American Indoor Karting

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    (65 miles) Virginia Beach

    Race against friends and family at this indoor karting track in Virginia!

  • Virginia Museum of Contemporary art

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    (65 miles) Virginia Beach

    Creative fun and learning at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, with permanent and changing exhibitions to immerse families in the amazing world of art.

  • Chilled Ponds Skating

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    (66 miles) Chesapeake

    Indoor skating fun at this Chesapeake ice rink, with public skating, lessons, and hockey!

  • Mount Trashmore Park

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    (66 miles) Virginia Beach

    An environmentally friendly park with playgrounds and a skate park, that was created on a former land fill site! A popular Virginia Beach attraction for all ages!

  • Cloud9 Trampoline Park

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    (67 miles) Chesapeake

    Over 10,000 square feet of connected, world-class trampolines in a 20,000sft facility. Our trampoline field features over 50 trampolines, including the famous angled wall trampolines, launching decks ...

  • Virginia Beach Rock Gym

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    (68 miles) Virginia Beach

    Indoor rock climbing fun in Virginia Beach for all ages with rappelling, bouldering, and a realistically textured wall. Great to keep those kids active!

  • Kayak Nature Tours

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    (69 miles) Virginia Beach

    Amazing kayak tours all around the Virginia Beach area - great for kids aged 3 and up!

  • Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

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    (69 miles) Suffolk

    Visit the largest intact remains of an incredible habitat that once covered over 1 million acres. Hiking, biking, wildlife, fishing and amazing Virginia wilderness!

  • First Landing State Park

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    (71 miles) Virginia Beach

    Visit the site of that infamous first landing of the colonists in 1607 - also Virginia's most visited state park!

  • Childrens Museum of Virginia

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    (71 miles) Portsmouth

    Kids can be a farmer, a banker, a scientist and more in the roleplay settings, plus interactive fun: once your child has experienced standing inside a bubble, science will never be the sam!e Includes ...

  • Spirit of Norfolk Cruises

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    (72 miles) Norfolk

    Enjoy a range of lunch and dinner cruises, sightseeing cruises and speciality cruises around the spectacular Norfolk waterfront!

  • American Rover Sailing Cruises

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    (72 miles) Norfolk

    Venture into the smooth waters of Hampton Roads' historical harbor and rich maritime heritage. Day and evening cruises showcase the best of America's greatest seaport. Sail majestically by giant ...

  • Victory Rover Naval Base Cruises

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    (72 miles) Norfolk

    Cruise the waters of Hampton Roads Harbor and the Elizabeth River with these fascinating cruises on the Victory Rover