While the origin of the town's name is debated and mysterious to this day, there's no arguing Kitty Hawk's status as one of the best destinations for vacationing along the Outer Banks. Kitty Hawk is a classic Outer Banks beach town with great shopping, dining, and more. Additionally, Kitty Hawk is known for its natural experiences and beauty. Ample public OBX beach access allows for an easy day of soaking in the sun on the Atlantic coast. Across the way on Kitty Hawk Bay is the town's coastal preserve, offering a serene walk through the woodsy side of the island.
Paired with its own unique vacation experiences, sightseeing options, and close proximity to other Outer Banks attractions, Kitty Hawk visitors have unparalleled access to many OBX activities. The best part of staying in Kitty Hawk is you are near everything the Outer Banks has to offer! Read More.
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If you didn't find what you are looking for in our Kitty Hawk vacation rentals be sure to check Southern Shores and Kill Devil Hills which border Kitty Hawk to the south and north.
Kitty Hawk is a small central town welcomes visitors with a beautiful oceanfront, numerous attractions and recreation - there's something for everyone in Kitty Hawk.
At the rest stop right in the Town of Kitty Hawk, you will find the Monument to a Century of Flight. This is located on a high hill overlooking the ocean and the Aycock Brown Welcome Center. This public monument recognizes significant accomplishments and milestones in aviation history. It also celebrates the Wright Brothers' first flight. While you are at the Welcome Center, stop in and grab some brochures and rack cards and get some vacation ideas! The Wright Brothers National Memorial is easily accessible (just a little further south on Croatan Hwy) to visitors who stay in Kitty Hawk and is one of the most popular Outer Banks attractions. There are several delicious restaurants in Kitty Hawk and being a smaller town, our KEES Kitty Hawk vacation rentals are close to them. There are many local shops - including surf shops around the area as well. Your family and/or friends will enjoy spending a few hours at Kitty Hawk Park. This park includes a covered picnic shelter, 2 grills, 10 picnic tables, lights, and electrical outlets. There are also restrooms, a dog park, a playground, and a 1/2-mile walking trail. The Kitty Hawk fishing pier is a beautiful sight; however, only season ticket pass holders can walk the Kitty Hawk pier. Great photographs can be taken on the beach next to the pier though.
For the golfers in the group, Kitty Hawk is home to the Sea Scape Golf Course. This is a public golf course that is fun to play and is appropriate for all ages.
For the nature lovers of the group, Kitty Hawk Woods Reserve is a must-do in terms of outdoor activities. This beautiful area of over 1,800 acres of maritime forest includes miles of biking and walking trails, over 8 miles of kayaking canals, and Sandy Run Park which is 16 acres that has a pavilion, grills, a boat launch, and bird watching.
Of course, Kitty Hawk provides an excellent place to simply relax and enjoy the sound of the ocean and the breeze.
The beach in Kitty Hawk (located in Dare County, NC) is open to the public and you will find plenty of convenient public beach accesses along Beach Road with places to park. (Note that parking on the weekends and in the summer generally fills up by 10:00am.) There is a parking lot at Byrd Street and about four miles south the Lillian Street and the Kitty Hawk Bath House where you will find a porta-potty, handicapped parking, an outdoor shower, and a wooden walkway.
The most popular time to book a Kitty Hawk NC vacation is the summer. Summer on the Outer Banks has the warmest months of the year and allows for the most sun. With this comes the days that are mostly filled with others. The spring and fall, while cooler, give some great beach days where you can enjoy the sun. In addition, during these seasons, the roads, stores, and restaurants are the least crowded.
During the winter months, the weather in Kitty Hawk is cooler and there are fewer visitors in town. However, the winter provides peace and tranquility on the secluded beaches and there are still sunshine-filled days. In Kitty Hawk, there are a good number of locals who live there year-round, but any time is still a wonderful time to visit.
If you can visit Kitty Hawk in the off-season, Kitty Hawk rentals are generally less expensive. This is why people like to visit the Outer Banks in the spring, fall and winter!
There are two ways to get to Kitty Hawk - driving and flying. The closest international airport is in Norfolk, VA (ORF). After landing in Norfolk, you will then head south on NC-168 and US-158 where you will drive over the Wright Memorial Bridge. Once you arrive over the bridge, you are in Kitty Hawk. When you get to the road signs pointing you to NC12 North, you will stay straight to continue through Kitty Hawk. (If you were to turn left at the light with the NC12 North signs, you would come through Southern Shores, NC.)
At KEES, our goal is to provide the absolute best of Outer Banks vacation rentals; flexibility in your stay dates, amenity packages that make your stay more enjoyable, and service that will bring you back. Click here for the list of signature amenities found in our Kitty Hawk vacation rentals. We also are proud of our FlexStay™ program. This allows guests to begin their vacation any day of the week with no 7-night minimum restrictions! This allows KEES guests to choose a traditional full-week or partial-week Outer Banks vacation. Search our vast selection of rental properties to find the one that fits the family's needs.
KEES has several vacation rentals that are pet friendly. As far as the Town of Kitty Hawk leash laws, from the Friday before Memorial Day until the day after Labor Day between the hours of 10:00am & 6:00pm dogs must be on a leash not to exceed six feet. At all other times during the year, dogs must be restrained on a leash retractable to 12 feet.
If you can, booking a stay at an oceanfront vacation rental on the Atlantic Ocean is a must. As with the rest of the Outer Banks, most of Kitty Hawk's exciting activities are on the beachfront. Take to the water in style by experiencing surfing, windsurfing, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, canoeing, sailing, boating, or fishing. Witness a breathtaking 360-degree view of the ocean and the unique geography of the area from a helicopter or hot air balloon. Wildlife fans will be in their element, with birdwatching and dolphin tours both among Kitty Hawk’s most in-demand pursuits.
KEES Outer Banks has 6 vacation rental properties in Kitty Hawk. These properties range from 2-Bedrooms to 4-Bedrooms; are either semi ocean (right across from the beach!) or oceanside; and have a pool and/or hot tub. However, you may be able to find a property to rent in the towns of Nags Head or Kill Devil Hills considering Kitty Hawk's proximity to those two towns and their many Outer Banks attractions! Use our website to search for your perfect vacation rental!