If y’all followed my stories over the weekend you saw that our family went up to the Cape Hatteras/Outer Banks KOA Resort and it was SUCH A BLAST!!! Going to the Outer Banks has been on my bucket list since coming here so we were more than excited to partner with Kampgrounds of America and stay at one of their Outer Banks locations!
I have never been to a KOA before and I have to say we were really impressed with all they had to offer! Some of our favorites were the pool with water slides and the dog park. It was really the perfect place for our family.
When we first arrived I really didn’t know what to expect. We haven’t been in this kind of campground before but the people at the office were so nice! They made checking in and learning the ropes of the campground super easy. Oh! A total perk of being there was the store at the check in office! They had some food staples and merchandise in case you forgot anything or needed to replace stuff.
We stayed in a Deluxe Cabin and guys it was SO CUTE!! It had the perfect beach vibe and I am currently trying to figure out how to make our home look and feel like this! The kids were so excited because the second room they stayed in had 2 sets of bunk beds so they all got to sleep together! It was so cute! They would wake up in the morning and read together. Man it just made my mama heart sing! David and I stayed on the other side of the cabin and had all these wonderful intentions of staying up on the porch and talking into the night but ended up falling asleep the second we slowed down! What is it about beach vacations that just make you the most satisfyingly tired??
The second morning we were there we decided to take the kids to the pool. At first we were a little hesitant to go to the pool when the ocean was right on the other side of the campground but man I have to say it was SO nice! The kids loved getting to go down the slide and play in the nice cool clear water! On one end of the pool there is a big beach entry so if you have little bitties there is plenty of room for them to safely come in and enjoy the water with you! Something that I loved about this pool versus others pools we have been is how big the shallow area was! it didn’t make you feel like you were squished into a tiny area to play with the kids. There was so much free safe space for them to play and have fun! Wyatt especially loved it because he felt like such a big kid being able to play in the water with sisters.
If you saw on stories you know what we took Rylee to the dog park. At first I didn’t think she would know how to play on all the obstacles but she got the hang of it so quickly! It was really fun to watch the kids teach her new tricks! I think they were just as excited about it all as Rylee was!
The really great thing about this KOA is where it is located. There are so many really cool things to do in the area! We found THE BEST restaurant called Po House that was only about 10 minutes away. Holy cow guys, the food was SOOOO delicious and the view was incredible! We ended up staying out until 9:00 because we were enjoying ourselves so much!
One of the days we drove down to the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. Man did it live up to my expectations! It was so gorgeous and the history surrounding it was enchanting and mind boggling. Below are houses that the lighthouse keepers lived in with their family, and in one of the pictures you can see the original foundation from the lighthouse that was built over 100 years ago! They had to move the lighthouse because the ocean was getting too close but they kept the original stones on the new site. On each stone is the name of the lighthouse keepers. It was just so fascinating!! David and I decided that if we lived 100 years ago this is where we would want to be!
So across from the main campground, KOA owns a huge section of open land and this picturesque pier. The second evening we were there we decided to go enjoy the sunset out there while we watched people kiteboard. It was THE PERFECT evening! The girls were over the moon searching for crabs while Wyatt and I sat mesmerized by the kiteboarders. (I WILL return and learn how to kiteboard here!! It is now second in line on my bucket list right after going to see the wild horses!)
After watching the sunset we were treated to another surprise at the campground. On the weekends they have something called the fun train! The kids piled into two of the cars and got to ride around the grounds while listening to fun music and waving their glow sticks all around. Oh and bubbles, I can’t forget the bubbles! Isn’t it funny how with kids the second you add bubbles everything feels more magical?!
The fun didn’t stop there though, that night we went crab hunting!!! It was so cool! We kept the kids up until it was pitch black outside and together we walked down to the beach at the end of the campgrounds and OH MY GOSH!!!! It was such a blast!!!! I haven’t laughed that hard in a really long time! I don’t know if you have ever done this but the crabs are really fast and agile! The girls were so funny to watch as they chased them around trying to pick them up. I kept Wyatt on my back in a carrier because I didn’t want him getting lost in the dark and he was having the best time cracking up at his sisters. It was probably the happiest way for him to fall asleep. One second he was cracking up at Jane and the next he was asleep on my back. Oh man, it was just all so good!
The entire weekend I just kept thinking how much I was in love with our life and our family. We were so grateful to be able to stay at a wonderful KOA and have so many new experiences together! If you haven’t been to the Outer Banks yet I highly recommend it and check out either of the two KOAs that are in the area and see which is the right fit for you and your family!