Outer Banks Articles & Shorts - Outer Banks Family YMCA

If you’re like a lot of people – like hundreds of thousands of people – you love the Outer Banks of North Carolina. You might consider us presumptuous drawing this conclusion so quickly, and we would agree with you . . . except for the fact that we’re right. You love the Outer Banks beaches, the Outer Banks water sports, the Outer Banks towns, Outer Banks shops, the Outer Banks events and Outer Banks activities . . . everything about this place (you wouldn’t be on this site if you didn’t). We do too. And, lucky for you, we also love writing about the Outer Banks. Locals and visitors alike value our Outer Banks information.

Our local writers tell you how to negotiate dining out if you have a big crowd. We show you, step by step, how to pick a crab. We’ve written articles highlighting Corolla and the Currituck Outer Banks or about charming Manteo on Roanoke Island or telling you the mysteries of Ocracoke Island. We cover the events happening on the Outer Banks – and, boy, are there a lot of them to cover! Outer Banks activities, everything from water sports to walking tours to lighthouse tours to birdwatching trips, are focal points. Businesses, rituals and legends local to the Outer Banks are detailed in our articles. You’ll find out how that restaurant got its name or the modest beginning of that now-booming business. We give you insider Outer Banks information about staying safe in the ocean, how to navigate those pesky turn lanes, which restaurants to check out for the best Southern cuisine in the area and resorts’ present and future aspirations. Our Outer Banks articles are good reading. You’ll feel like a local with all the knowledge you’re sure to collect! And we’re adding to them all the time. Click on in to learn about the Outer Banks from the locals' side!


Make a Splash with the YMCA Tidal Waves

By Hannah Lee Leidy
On the Outer Banks, life revolves around the water. Think about how much we rely on the ocean and sound for our favorite activities: boating, fishing, paddleboarding, surfing, playing on the beach, splashing around the sound, Jet skiing ... does the list ever end? A necessity for enjoying each of these activities – in... Read More

Inside and Out All Year 'Round

By Heather Frese
When we think of fitness and good health, often what comes to mind are the leaps and lunges of a Zumba class, the swings and thwacks of a tennis game, the splash and stroke of a good long swim. But well-being isn’t only physical, and a healthy heart doesn’t come solely from getting in your cardio.   Outer Banks... Read More

Healthy Island Living, Together

By Heather Frese
Island communities have historically been tight-knit, with people of all ages relying on one another to share resources, weather storms and celebrate good times. On the Outer Banks the evidence of this island spirit is vibrantly visible at the YMCA where children, families and senior adults gather to work out, play... Read More

A Community of Wellness

By Lexi Holian
When we make a commitment to living a healthier lifestyle, we think about exercising regularly and planning healthier meals. Fitness classes make their way into day planners, and suddenly the weekly grocery list requires more thought than some hurriedly scribbled notes as you walk out the door. And while fitness goals... Read More

Creating a Culture of Community...For All!

By Amelia Boldaji
Tis the season for New Year resolutions, and for lots of us that means taking stock of our habits and deciding which ones we’d like to change. It’s not surprising then that it’s also a season when many of us are thinking about ways to become more healthy and, well, active.  At the Outer Banks Family YMCA, these are... Read More