My son was terrified of the waves, so we ventured out to the soundside to look for a beach “with no waves” as he insisted we find. We found Jockey’s Ridge State Park where they have public access to a small beach on the soundside. The water was very warm and shallow and was only knee-high while walking further into the sound. It was the perfect beach for toddlers, and my kids were in heaven! Another traveler let us try out his paddleboard, and it was so much fun to glide over the water.
Later in the week, we visited Cape Hatteras and climbed all 268 steps to the top of the lighthouse. The view from the top was absolutely breathtaking. We then proceeded to drive south to visit Ocracoke Island and take a ferry ride since we had never been on one before. The trip on the ferry was almost one hour long, but it was so worth it. The island itself was really beautiful because it’s much less commercialized. There are only very small local shops and restaurants, which gives it a cozy, small-town feel. We snacked on delicious ice cream from the best ice cream parlor, The Fudge & Ice Cream Shop, and ate our treats while enjoying the view of the boats. We only wish we had gotten to the island earlier in the day so that we could have stayed longer. Watching the sunset from the ferry on the way back was definitely a memorable experience.
We also enjoyed many activities within Pirate’s Cove. We went for several walks on the pier side, fed the ducks and the kids enjoyed riding their bikes. Twice during the week, the kids participated in a junior fishing tournament where the resort staff provided fishing poles and cut up hot dogs as bait. On the last day of our trip, my daughter won second place, earning a trophy and certificate. We also enjoyed the swimming pool later that day.
On the last day, we also visited Kitty Hawk Kites and purchased souvenirs and kites, and walked across the way to Kitty Hawk dunes at Jockey’s Ridge State Park to fly them.. It was neat seeing the largest natural sand dunes on the east coast! We were there at sunset, and it was the best way to end an amazing summer vacation. We can’t wait until our next visit to Pirate’s Cove!
Written by: Flavia O.
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