Kill Devil Hills is ideal for kids, thanks to a collection of on and off-the-beach activities, and a central locale that makes a trip to neighboring Outer Banks attractions a breeze. Take a break from the sandcastle building, and discover these sites, attractions and activities that are sure to keep little hands busy

Educational Sites and Attractions

Wright Brothers Memorial - This historic attraction, managed by the National Park Service (NPS), features exhibits and authentic glider replicas that will fascinate young visitors. Special programs for kids are also available seasonally on site as well. Visit more information.

Children at Play Museum - This Kitty Hawk Museum combines hands-on activities with educational tools to create a fun environment for kids to spend an afternoon. Open daily, this museum is appropriate for kids from 1-10.

Roanoke Island Festival Park - Board the Elizabeth II, a stunning replica of the 16th century ship that first transported colonists to the New World, or explore the authentic Native American and European colonists' villages. Roanoke Island Festival Park has a wealth of activities that will educate and thrill young visitors, and is only located a 20-30 minute drive away.

Island Farm - See how the Outer Banks locals lived in the mid-1800s, and meet and greet with friendly local farm animals at Manteo's Island Farm. This engaging outdoor museum also has a wealth of regular children's programs which can be found online at

North Carolina Aquarium - The North Carolina Aquarium has a discovery center for budding biologists, several touch tanks where young visitors can get their hands on manta rays and hermit crabs, and a series of exhibits that cover the coastal Carolina habitat from the sea floor up. For special kids programs that are held regularly on-site, visit

Elizabethan Gardens - Take a long stroll through this beautiful Roanoke Island destination that features a wealth of native plants, trees and flowers, and carefully imported European species. Holidays are a big deal at the Gardens, and kids will adore the special family-friendly events that coincide with Easter, Christmas, and October's "Harvest Heyday."

Lighthouses - For kids who are old enough to tackle an arduous 200+ step climb, head to Corolla's Currituck Beach Lighthouse or the southern Bodie Island Lighthouse. Both are located about 30 minutes away, provide guided treks to the top, and promise a view that family members won't soon forget, regardless of age.

Outdoor Activities

Watersports Lessons - Athletic visitors will love diving into a new waterfront sport, and the Kill Devil Hills area has plenty of options for Outer Banks newcomers. Stand up paddle boarding, surfing, kayaking, and even kiteboarding or windsurfing can all be enjoyed in Kill Devil Hills, and visitors can find equipment rentals and lessons available at Kitty Hawk Kites, Kitty Hawk Watersports, and the Kitty Hawk Kayak and Surf School.

Public Parks - The town of Kill Devil Hills is home to several public parks for free off-the-beach entertainment. The Aviation Park on Veteran's Drive features a fitness trail, skate park, playground, and parking for visitors, while the West Hayman Boulevard Recreation Area boasts a playground and picnic area. Additional playgrounds and playing fields for pick-up games can also be found at Meekins Field.

Mini Golf - Mini golf is a favorite activity in Kill Devil Hills, and there are three area courses to choose from, including Paradise Arcade and Golf, Destination Fun, and Lost Treasure Golf. More courses are also found in neighboring Kitty Hawk and Nags Head - specifically Paradise Golf and Arcade, and Galaxy Golf.

Amusement Parks - Kill Devil Hills is home to several small specialty amusement parks, such as the Wet ‘n Wild Bumper Boats park and the Colington Speedway. For a truly thrilling adventure, book a family trip via the Kitty Hawk Aero Tours in Kill Devil Hills and enjoy an aerial view that visitors will never forget.

Waterfront Kayaking Tours - Take an eco-tour of the Albemarle Sound and see the natural habitat of the Outer Banks' famed wildlife up close. Kitty Hawk Kites offers a range of guided tours for beginner and expert paddlers alike.

Jockey's Ridge - The Jockey's Ridge State Park is home to a wealth of activities. The soundside beaches are perfect for young visitors who want to splash around, while the nature trails that wind over towering sand dunes and dense maritime forests will keep older kids fully engaged.

YMCA - Besides boasting an expansive indoor swimming pool and fitness center, the YMCA in Nags Head is also home to one of the largest outdoor skate parks on the Outer Banks. Lessons and local tournaments are regularly available at the skate park for participants and spectators.

Fishing Piers - Both the Avalon Pier in Kill Devil Hills and Jennette's Pier in Nags Head offer reduced rates for younger anglers, and kids under the age of 16 do not need a fishing license to start casting. Jennette's Pier also hosts a number of kid-friendly fishing tournaments and special exhibits and programs designed with young visitors in mind. Visit for more info and upcoming events.

Other Entertainment

  • Take in a movie at the R/C Theater multiplex in Kill Devil Hills, or for a more historic movie-outing, head to the Pioneer Theater in Manteo - one of the oldest, still operating movie theaters in the state of North Carolina.
  • Challenge the family to a game of laser tag at Destination Fun, which also offers visitors a 3-D mini golf course and an arcade.
  • Have a family bowling tournament at the OBX Bowling Center. Newly reopened and under new management, this Nags Head staple is the perfect destination for a rainy day afternoon or family-friendly evening on the town.
  • Feeling crafty? Head to Glazin' Go Nuts or the Garden of Beadin' and try your hand at creating unique jewelry, or painting a ceramic piece to serve as your own personalized Outer Banks souvenir.
  • Head to the flagship Kitty Hawk Kites store, located right across the street from the Jockeys Ridge State Park, and try out the rock climbing wall, pick out a kite to enjoy along the oceanfront, or take advantage of the numerous special kids' events from hang gliding clinics to wintertime visits with Santa.
  • No need to leave the vacation rental home to have fun, as many modern vacation rentals boast game rooms, theater / media rooms, and private pools, providing hours of entertainment for young ones without ever stepping out the front door.


Awful Arthur's Oyster Bar

Awful Arthur's Oyster Bar

Welcome to the home of the happy oyster where for over 35 years the oyster has been our world. The Outer Banks only authentic oyster bar is the place to enjoy sensational fare from the sea washed down with your favorite brew or cocktail. We serve by the peck, pound, and dozen, raw or steamed to perfection. Kicked back casual, down to earth friendly staff, and reasonable prices make Awful Arthur’s Oyster Bar the all-time favorite of locals and travelers alike.


The idea wasn’t to set out and establish a new concept restaurant on the Outer Banks, but that’s exactly what Awful Arthur’s owner Jo Whitehead and her late husband, Jay, accomplished more than 35 years ago when they opened the area’s first authentic oyster bar.


Awful Arthur’s opened in May 1984 on the Outer Banks. “We embraced the concept of an authentic copper top bar with the idea of it being a major drawing card and it still is,” explains Whitehead. “I get oysters wherever they are local. We follow the warm waters.” 


Just across from the ocean, in Kill Devil Hills, oyster season is year-round at Awful Arthur’s. Diners can take a seat at the copper-topped bar to observe the staff shucking oysters, served raw or steamed, along with shrimp, crab legs and clams all steamed to perfection. 


It’s not just the raw bar that’s earned Awful Arthur’s both local and national recognition, including being named one of America’s greatest oyster bars by Coastal Living magazine. The restaurant is a seafood-lover’s paradise, offering the freshest catches available.

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Miller's Seafood and Steakhouse

Miller's Seafood and Steakhouse

Miller’s Seafood & Steakhouse has been a favorite among locals and visitors for more forty years. Offering delicious southern cuisine for both breakfast and dinner in a casual family atmosphere infused with coastal flair, it’s no wonder this Kill Devil Hills restaurant is a family tradition for so many. You’ll love waking up to favorites like biscuits and gravy, farm fresh eggs and buttermilk pancakes. Dinner options are just as tempting with menu items that include the freshest Outer Banks Catch seafood, she crab soup, Angus beef and fried green tomatoes just to name a few. Not only does Miller’s Seafood & Steakhouse offer great breakfast and dinner options, Miller’s newest menu item – Hawaiian/American Fusion Sushi – is sure to please the sushi lover in you. From the Miller’s Roll that combines tempura fried crispy lobster tail with tantalizing ingredients to the High Tide and OBX Roller, guests will love choosing from a delicious variety of sushi options developed and prepared by Miller’s expert Sushi chef.


Along with its scrumptious cuisine, Miller’s Seafood & Steakhouse offers a warm friendly atmosphere coupled with genuine Outer Banks hospitality. You’ll discover that not only is Miller’s a tradition for so many, it’s also a Miller family tradition. Two generations of Millers have worked side by side to make the Kill Devil Hills restaurant a favorite for all who pass through its doors. Owners Brian and Beth Miller want guests to feel at home and can often be found making rounds to check on customers and mingle with them as they dine.


Here at Miller’s, everyone is treated like family as they experience an unforgettable dining experience. Large parties are also welcome, making it perfect for extended families to enjoy dining together on their Outer Banks vacation. Come on in and see for yourself why Miller’s Seafood & Steakhouse is more than just a great restaurant. It’s a tradition.


It was 1978 when Eddie and Lou Miller first opened Miller’s Seafood and Steakhouse. As a teenager, their son Brian spent his summers working in the restaurant, getting familiar with the family business. After college, Brian and his wife Beth came back to Kill Devil Hills and began working together at Miller’s. Brian and Beth officially purchased the restaurant from Eddie and Lou in 2007. A few years later they opened American Pie together, and both restaurants now carry on the Miller family tradition of quality, excellence and hospitality.