Family Vacations at Cape Hatteras

Family Vacations at Cape Hatteras

Family vacations on Hatteras Island have been a tradition for families from all over for many years. The beaches of Cape Hatteras are pristine and spacious, and the list of activities for family gatherings is endless. There is no better place to get the family together to celebrate or simply enjoy some time away! Enjoy strolling along the beaches, browsing the unique art galleries along the island, visit the lighthouses, plan an adventurous outdoor activity, or just relax together on the beach. 

Family Activities

Climb the Lighthouse

Touring the grounds of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and climbing the spiral stairs is one of the things all visitors must do when vacationing in Cape Hatteras. The view from the top of the light is spectacular, but if some of the family can't climb, you will all enjoy the museum and the Lightkeeper's Quarters. For visiting hours and details on the park, visit:

Visit Ocracoke

Ocracoke Island is only a short day trip away. Head to Hatteras Village, drive onto the Ocracoke Ferry and get a free ride to one of the best hidden spots along the east coast. Rent bikes or a golf cart and spend the day visiting this quaint town with unique shops, restaurants, and museums. Ocracoke Island offers a laid-back lifestyle, so kick back and enjoy the day, including a stop at the famous Howard's Pub before taking the ferry back to Cape Hatteras.

Charter a Fishing Trip

Is your group a little more adventurous and ready for some excitement on the water? Head on down to Hatteras Village and stop by one of the Marinas to charter a fishing trip that you'll never forget. They will get you set up for a private charter with an experienced captain. Gulfstream fishing offers ample opportunities for some incredible catches including mahi-mahi, wahoo, tuna, marlin, and many more varieties! All supplies are included in the charter; just bring your lunch and drinks and don't forget to tip your mate if you have a great time! Visit Hatteras Harbor Marina for more details on charters, and check out the Hatteras Fever charter company.

Spend a Day at the Beach

Pack up the boogie boards, coolers, umbrellas, and beach chairs and head to the beach right in front of your Cape Hatteras lodging! For a classic Hatteras Island vacation activity, enjoy the day with the family by the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy shelling along the waters edge in search of sea glass, starfish and sanddollars, or build a sandcastle with the kids. Rent a surf board, kayak, or stand up paddle board for some exciting wave riding. Just don't forget the sunscreen! For beach equipment rentals like umbrellas, chairs, coolers, beach games, and more, visit Ocean Atlantic Rentals.

Family Photo Opportunities

Hatteras Island is incredibly picturesque, and as you can imagine, there are many great photo viewpoints and spots to take a great family photo. For the perfect holiday card, family portrait, or memorable shot, check out our recommendations below for beautiful locations around the Island, as well as professional photographers that will make your vacation even more memorable.

Great Photo Locations

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

The Avon Pier

Equine Adventures Beach Ride


Daniel Pullen Photography

Hatteras Island Photography

Colleen Freye Photography

Photo Publishers