7 Family-Friendly Summer Activities to do in Edenton

Summer is in full swing, and here in Edenton you’ll see lots of families enjoying a variety of family-friendly summer activities while spending quality time together and making memories!

If you’re looking for the perfect vacation spot for your family, why not book a room or suite at one of our historic Bed and Breakfast locations or a short-term vacation rental

Your family will find lots of family-friendly activities to do in Edenton while you enjoy your summer break. 

Here are 7 of the most popular summer activities for families.

#1 – Visit Historic Sites

Edenton is home to a number of historical sites and attractions that are perfect for a family outing. 

Take a tour of The Cupola House and Gardens, explore the 1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse, or visit the Penelope Barker House Welcome Center and nearby 1767 Courthouse. 

These sites offer a glimpse into Edenton’s rich history and are sure to be educational and entertaining for the whole family.

At the Penelope Barker Welcome Center, you can pick up guided brochures and take a free walking tour of historic sites and attractions around Edenton, or if you need to rest for a while, you can get tickets for a fun Trolley Tour. 

Whatever you decide is best for your family, kids will love the Revolutionary War cannons, seeing the old jail and stocks, and hearing stories of pirates who once visited Edenton!

#2 – Explore the Waterfront

Edenton is located on the beautiful Albemarle Sound, making it the perfect destination for water activities. 

The waterfront in Edenton is a great place to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery with your family.

Rent a kayak or paddleboard and explore the calm waters of the sound, or take a boat tour on the Liber-Tea and learn about the local wildlife and history.

You can also try something new like fishing off the pier or taking a free sailing lesson on Thursday evenings. 

The waterfront is a great place for families to find something fun to do!

#3 – Linger at the Library

Across the street from the waterfront playground and next door to the Chowan Arts Council, you’ll find the Shepard-Pruden Memorial Library.

Offering air-conditioning, comfortable seating, and public restrooms, your whole family can take a break from the summer heat, but that’s not all you’ll find at the library.

This summer, the library offers a full calendar of family-friendly activities associated with their summer reading program, “Adventure Begins at Your Library.”

From toddler story times to teen escape rooms and family movies on Fridays, you’ll find free family-friendly events and activities happening almost every day of the week. 

#4 – Attend a Festival 

Edenton hosts a number of festivals and events throughout the summer that are perfect for the whole family. 

From the Sounds of Summer Concert Series to Sunday Street Parties, there’s always something fun happening in Edenton! 

Check our calendar of events for a full schedule and details so that you can plan your visit around one of these family-friendly events.

#5 – Take Me Out to the Ballgame!

Your whole family will love attending an Edenton Steamers ball game at Historic Hicks Field. 

The affordable ticket prices mean that your family can cheer on the Steamers while enjoying ballpark hotdogs, snow cones, and fresh popcorn.

Not to mention, kids can participate in running the bases and between-inning competitions to win prizes on special promotional nights. 

Then, cap off the night with a free post-game fireworks show at selected home games!

What’s not to love about spending a warm summer’s evening at a ballgame? 

#6 – Play at the Park

Sometimes, you just need a break – even on your vacation! If you find yourself wanting to rest your feet while the kids get out some energy, head to Colonial Waterfront Park. 

The park offers free restrooms, plenty of picnic tables, and a refreshing view of Edenton Bay. 

The kids will love playing on the swings, slides, and zip lines at the waterfront playground while adults can rest on shaded benches. 

The whole family will find snacks and refreshing drinks for sale at The Herringbone Trolley right near the playground and lighthouse!

It’s the perfect place for the whole family to take a break during your vacation. 

#7 – Savor a Culinary Adventure

Whether your family is adventurous when it comes to eating or prefers to stick to kid-friendly foods, Edenton’s culinary scene has something to entice the entire family!

From sweet treats and drinks to delicious seafood, pub pizza, and southern bbq, you’ll find options to satisfy both adults and kids. 

You may even opt for burgers and popcorn while enjoying a family-friendly movie at The Taylor Theater. 

And the best part is that there are lots of options within walking distance of the historic B&Bs and most short-term rentals, so you won’t even have to get in the car. 

These are just a few of the family-friendly activities you can enjoy while visiting Edenton this summer!

Whether you’re exploring historic sites, enjoying outdoor recreation, or finding an air-conditioned break, there’s something for everyone in this charming town. 

So pack your bags, gather your loved ones, and head to Edenton for a summer of fun and adventure! 

The memories you make with your family in Edenton will last a lifetime. We can’t wait to see you soon. 


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