Sports Events in North Carolina

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    From Shrimp to Whales

    by grandmaR Updated Apr 4, 2011

    We see a lot of shrimp boats as we go up and down the ICW. They range from these big boys, to a man in a rowboat casting his net.

    But I was surprised to find that watching shrimp boats harvest their catch is a option as a sports activity. I have NOT done this, and it sounds really 'iffy' to me.

    The same company also does fishing trips and whale watching tours.

    Equipment: The website says: "Your family and guests will watch as the live catch - including shrimp, crabs, sand dollars, star fish, sea urchins, and other marine life that has ventured into the nets - scuttle about the deck... This cruise is approximately two hours and is a must for the young and old. .. Trips depart at 2 p.m. and return at 4 p.m. Prices are $18.00 for adults and $15.00 for children 11 years and younger."

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    • Family Travel
    • Eco-Tourism
    • Adventure Travel

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    Kitty Hawk Sports ? Retail

    by grandmaR Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Kitty Hawk Sports is the oldest watersports business on the Outer Banks and has been in continuous operation since 1981. It has 6 locations in Nags Head, Kitty Hawk, Duck, and Corolla. It is is best known for its leadership in its windsurfing and kayaking programs and the variety of other water sports that it offers

    I haven't used any of the locations both because it was too cold when I was there, and because I'm not a surfing or beach type of person.

    Equipment: Sample rental rates

    RATES 1 Hour 4 hours 24 Hours 3 Days Weekly
    RECREATIONAL:
    Single-No Rudder:
    Saluda, Carolina, America, $14 $22 $29 $60 $99

    Wave Runners (all 3-seaters)
    1/2hr. $65 1 hr. $85 (Nags Head location)


    At Kitty Hawk Watersports, we specialize in watersports of all kinds; kayaking, windsurfing, waverunners, parasailing, surfing, body boarding, kiteboarding, wakeboarding and everything you need to go with it. So if you're looking for fun in the water, we're the ones to call.

    Rental Information

    Wave Runners (all 3-seaters)
    1/2hr. $65 1 hr. $85 (Nags Head location)
    1/2 hr. $62 1 hr. $92 (Corolla location - Timbuck II)

    Call (252) 441-2756 Nags Head or (252) 453-6900 Corolla for specifics.
    ?Prices include up to 3 riders - No extra share charges!
    ?Telephone reservations accepted - No Waiting!
    ?Bathroom on premises.
    (All Prices are subject to change)

    Jet Ski driver must have valid driver's license. Under 18 years of age requires parent signature.



    Parasailing Single (1) Tandem (2)
    NAGS HEAD COROLLA
    Single Tandem Triple Single Tandem
    400 Ft. $65 $125 185 $79 $148
    700 Ft. $75 $145 215 $89 $178
    1000 Ft. $85 $165 245

    PONTOON BOAT RENTAL

    $139.00/2 HRS $199.00/1/2 DAY $279.00/DAY

    SAILING INSTRUCTION: (includes Boat Rental)

    Introduction to Hobie Cat Sailing (2 hr) $99.00/person
    Catamarans 1 Hour 3 Hour Day
    Hobie Wave $25 $75 $95

    Bumper boats - $8 for 10 minute ride (New Water Squirting Boats)

    Surf boards - $19 Day, $49 Weekly

    Body boards - $9 Day, $20 Weekly

    Related to:
    • Surfing
    • Water Sports
    • Kayaking

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    Kite Boarding

    by grandmaR Updated Apr 4, 2011

    I don't know whether this is a sailing or a beach activity or an extreme sport. I saw kite boarding this spring in a couple of places. Once as pictured at the Cape Lookout visitor's center and the other at Fort Fisher. The OBX is also a wonderful location.

    Wind surfing uses a surfboard type boat with a mast and sail, and the surfer stands on the board and uses the sail to propel him or her self over the waves. But they stay in the water and can move their feet around on the board.

    In kite boarding, the board is smaller and the feet at attached to it, and the propulsion comes from a kite rather than a sail. The boarders jump up out of the water and do tricks. Kite surfing is the fusion of kiteflying (power kites), wakeboarding, windsufing, and snowboarding

    Equipment: Board and kite.

    Related to:
    • Water Sports
    • Beaches
    • Windsurfing

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    North Carolina Golf

    by grandmaR Updated Apr 4, 2011

    From the Outer Banks to the mountains, North Carolina has almost 500 golf courses. Some travelers go with their golf clubs and think it a real treat to go a few holes on a new course.

    Unfortunately I don't play golf and have almost no interest in golf, so I don't have any really good pictures of North Carolina golf courses nor do I have any real suggestions about a golfing vacations. The URL given will let you pick a course by city, architect or by the events they have.

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    • Seniors
    • Golf

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    Fishing Charters

    by traveldave Updated Aug 27, 2006

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    Due in part to the Gulf Stream bringing warm water up from the Caribbean Sea, the waters off North Carolina offer some of the best sea fishing in the world. All along the coast, dozens of charter companies and individuals offer fishing charters where fishermen can rent a boat to take them on a fishing trip. Charters can be tailored to meet a client's needs, and can last a few hours or a few days. Fishermen can also choose between inshore and offshore areas, depending on what kinds of fish they want to catch.

    Fish that can be caught in the inshore areas include speckled trout, gray trout, flounder, bluefish, red drum, striped bass, grouper, and snapper. Fish found in the offshore areas include yellowfin tuna, bluefin tuna, blue marlin, sailfish, dolphin (mahi mahi), king mackeral, Spanish mackeral, and wahoo.

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    Riding in Smokey Mountain NP

    by Florida999 Updated May 19, 2006

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    There are lots of stables in the Smokey Mountains and the trails are for the most part very nice. On the particular ride in the photo above from the Smokemont Riding stables, part of the trail went up a very narrow mountain path that was very wet, and the horses kept slipping. I was not very comfortable with this and would not ride up that particular trail again, unless it was dry.

    We liked the Nantahalla Village Riding Stables in Bryson City , but it's been a while since we were there. The guides were nice and didn't freak out as soon as you start trotting a little, and the group was spread out enough on the trail to make it fun.
    My biggest complaint about trail rides is that there seem to be none for people that do know how to ride, and even if you do, you are treated like someone that's never been on a horse at all. I wished they would offer like "advanced" or at least "intermediate" rides!!

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    Golf courses and Pinehurst

    by Shihar Updated Feb 15, 2006

    Golfing is not my cup of tea at all, ...nonetheless VT is not about me..it's about you guys. Therefore I will offer this tip:

    NC has a wide variety of approximatey 600 golf courses that range in geography and picture-worthy landscapes. Pinehurst is considered the birthplace of golf by many. There is also Pinehurst #2 that continues to challenge veteran golfers and was the location of the 2005 US Open Championship.Pinehurst is located in the piedmont area of NC.

    Equipment: Ummm... golf clubs?!

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    • Golf

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    Durham Bulls Baseball

    by Astrobuck Written Nov 15, 2004

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    This is a AAA Minor Leauge Baseball team (a subsidary of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays). This is by the the best and only fun thing to truly do in Durham besides going to the mall. Tickets are extremely easy to come by, and are very cheap.

    Equipment: Baseball glove.

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    • Family Travel

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    Cameron Indoor Stadium / Blue Devils Basketball

    by Astrobuck Written Oct 21, 2004

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    One of the best teams in the NCAA. If you are into college basketball and love Duke, this is where it is. Unfortunately, due to Cameron Indoor Stadium's small size, it fills up quickly and the tickets sell out fast.

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    Arena Football

    by morgandk Written Mar 27, 2004

    Sixteenmen playing full contact tackle football indoors- sounds like snow days when we were kids. high scoring, hard hitting, with a very party like attitude. The Carolina Cobras are the state's main team.

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    American football

    by b1bob Updated Feb 15, 2004

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    The Carolina Panthers (National Football Conference: Southern division) play their home games at Ericsson Stadium in downtown Charlotte, NC. Since their founding in 1995, they have had lackluster seasons (2001 when they won only 2 games on 16) and great ones (1996 when they played the in the NFC championship game, 2003 when they played in- and almost won- Super Bowl 38) and everything in between.

    Equipment: American football season begins in September and the regular season ends round about the New Year. The postseason runs through to the end of January. From October forward, it could get chilly especially for the late afternoon or night games.

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    Bring a board!

    by tpangelinan Written Nov 28, 2003

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    If your coming here for the beaches, remember to bring your board, surf, skim, body board, which ever you use you will have fun with it here, plenty of waves to be had by all! Plenty of room too, people don't tend to bother you here.

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    • Water Sports
    • Beaches
    • Surfing

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    Go fishin'

    by tpangelinan Written Nov 28, 2003

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    This pier has been here as long as I can remember, at least since the late 1960's. Good time to be had with the video games or take a walk on the pier for a $1.00

    $8.00 Day Pass
    $20.00 3 Day Pass
    $40.00 Weekly Pass
    OPEN 24 HOURS
    Arcade Games
    $1.00 to walk out and sight see.
    Bait and Poles Available

    Equipment: Bring your own tackle or rent from the pier.

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    • Family Travel
    • Beaches
    • Fishing

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    Hoops Crazy!

    by acemj Written Mar 10, 2003

    North Carolina is college basketball country and the Atlantic Coast Conference is the center of attention here. Wake Forest, North Carolina State, North Carolina and Duke are all national powers and create some of the best rivalries in the sport. Above all, however is the rivalry between North Carolina and Duke, so if you have the opportunity to go to a game between these two, jump at the chance! This picture is from the game played on March 9, 2003 won by North Carolina 82-79.

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    Wayehutta ATV Trail

    by BlueBerry_7 Updated Nov 5, 2002

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    Wayehutta Atv trail in the snow, what a wonderful time! Near Western Carolina University in the heart of the Smoky Mountains, this ATV trail is totally awesome especially in the snow:)

    Equipment: 454 Artic Cat Bearcat, Green
    250 Honda Recon, Beige

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