The family vacation is a time-honored tradition. It is that time of the year where we set a week or two aside to get everyone in one place and relax. Few places are as perfect for the family as the beach. The sun, surf, and sand are the perfect combination for fun. Of course, for mom and dad, there is always a little bit of stress making sure the kiddos are entertained for the week. Ocean Isle Beach has something for kids of all ages and this week we have ten awesome things to do with your kids during your Ocean Isle Beach vacation. Mom and dad, you are sure to be heroes in your kid’s eyes with these great ideas.
1. Museum of Coastal Carolina
One of the best attractions that everyone in the family will enjoy is the Museum of Coastal Carolina. Located in the heart of Ocean Isle Beach on East Second Street this natural history museum is the perfect place to spend a rainy day, cool off for a bit, or just to explore because it is a fantastic place to see. There are loads of programs and exciting exhibits throughout the year that you won’t want to miss.
2. Hit the beach for the day
If you are vacationing on Ocean Isle Beach, the highlight of your week will always be the time you spend on our pristine beaches. After all, our beaches are famous for their clean natural beauty. For kids, it is the perfect place to play and splash amongst the soft rolling waves of the Atlantic all while taking in the beautiful Carolina sun. Want some ideas on some fun beach games? Check out our previous post: A shore thing: 10 Awesome Kid Friendly Activities For The Beach
3. Make seashell crafts
While this may not be a fan favorite with your teenage boys in the family, seashell crafts are a great way for the little ones to get their hands dirty all while letting their creativity flow. Earlier in the year we highlighted some awesome seashell crafts that you won’t want to miss. If interested, click here. Sorry, glue sticks are not included in your vacation rental 🙂
4. Plan a family movie night.
It happens, albeit rarely, the dreaded rainy day with the kids. Alternatively, sometimes it is just a good idea to get everyone together, put the phones and social media away for the night and have a good old fashion family night. On these nights make sure to include everyone in the movie choice. Order in a pizza, pop the popcorn and sit back and enjoy what’s most important… family!
5. Build the ultimate sandcastle
Few beach activities are as fun to do as a family as building a giant sandcastle. Plus, you can even bury dad or your little sister. Requiring little in the way of tools, letting the little ones dig in the sand is an excellent way to keep them occupied and having fun all while enjoying the beauty of Ocean Isle Beach. Want to know how to build the best sandcastle? Check out our previous post: Build The Perfect Sandcastle Every Time.
6. Family kayak adventure
You don’t have to be an adult to enjoy or participate in the exciting sport of kayaking. Tandem kayaks are a great way for kids to go kayaking with their parents. These wonderful boats let mom and dad do all the work while your little ones take in all the magic of exploring the waters in and around Ocean Isle Beach. Don’t worry about having all the equipment, there are lots of places on the island to rent kayaks, take lessons or even go on a guided tour.
7. Take a bike ride.
Ocean Isle Beach is the perfect place to explore by bike. The island isn’t very big so having a big adventure is easy. Beach bikes are perfect as the terrain is flat and easy to ride around. No need for a fancy bike here! Don’t have beach bikes? No problem, there are lots of places to rent bikes. Don’t forget your helmet! Have fun exploring our little island.
8. Go stargazing at night
Perhaps no time on the beach is as magical as nighttime during a clear and star-filled night. There is just something beautiful about the experience. With the advent of smartphones now it is easier than ever to sit on the beach with the kids and look at all the different constellations and planets. Grab a blanket, pack some snacks and make a night of it.
9. Have a beach scavenger hunt
The beach is full of treasures. From driftwood to seashells there is a ready-made magical world that is perfect for the kids to have a scavenger hunt. From young to old everyone can have fun exploring the miles of pristine beaches on Ocean Isle Beach. Now with everyone having a smartphone, making a scavenger hunt for the kids is even easier.
10. Visit Ingram Planetarium
Ingram Planetarium is located just down the road in neighboring Sunset Beach and is one of the best attractions in the area. Offering several different programs and experiences that are sure to put a little stargazing excitement into any beach vacation. If you love science or just want to experience something truly remarkable during your vacation, then make sure to check out Ingram Planetarium.
Ready to enjoy everything Ocean Isle beach has to offer? Now is the perfect time to book your next beach vacation. We have lots of great inventory to choose from with all the best locations and amenities. Give one of our friendly reservationists a call today at 800-727-9222 or click the button below to book your vacation rental today.