While enjoying Outer Banks vacation rentals, be sure to take time and visit the numerous historical sites in the area. The central East coast is greatly rich in history, especially the Outer Banks area. Within just a short drive from your vacation rental, you can visit historical lighthouses, museums, parks and more. Visiting the Outer Banks History Center can provide you with more specific information close to your vacation rental.
Majestic historical lighthouses are abundant along this area of the Atlantic coast. Within a drive of each other, you can visit a total of seven lighthouses and the ruins of an eighth. The majority of the lighthouses were constructed in the 1800s, and are all in various operational or restorative stages. When visiting the lighthouses, give yourself enough time to take in the beauty of the grounds. When in doubt of which lighthouse to see, take a driving tour to see them all.
One of the most famous museums in the area is the Wright Brothers National Memorial. This expansive site offers exhibits, airplane replicas and special events. The site that the memorial is located on is actually where the infamous 1903 controlled power flight occurred. This stop will provide an interesting and interactive lesson in history. Just as impressive is the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site. Here you can watch theatrical performances and other special performances at the outdoor Waterside Theatre. This site houses The Elizabethan Gardens, the Earthen Fort, a nature trail and a hiking trail. During your stay in the Outer Banks area, you're sure to see wild horses grazing freely. For information on the history of the wild horses in the area, a stop at the Corolla Wild Horse Museum will be of great interest. The museum is located in the Schoolhouse in Old Corolla Village and is the location of the Annual Wild Horse Days Festival.
Nearly a dozen parks and wildlife reservations occupy the Outer Banks area in close proximity to your vacation rental. If you're in the mood and a bit eccentric, be sure to stop in at the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge features hiking trails and observation platforms to view the wetlands and their inhabitants. Residents of the area include ducks, bears, wolves and of course alligators. If you prefer formal floral gardens over alligators, a trip to the elegant Elizabethan Gardens will be a must. Amidst the beautiful setting is what is believed to be a 400-year-old ancient oak. The gardens, established in the 1500s, offer something for every age and interest, and are located within the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site.
While enjoying your Outer Banks vacation rental, be sure to visit the numerous historical sites that are all nearby. For more information and help in finding the perfect Outer Banks rental, visit Vamoose.com. Specify your desired amenities to personalize your search, and simplify your vacation planning.