Outer Banks Mom: Bullseye! Date like you’re on vacation

By on May 3, 2019


In honor of it being Friday, I’d like to invite you to rewind with me for a minute. Do you remember, in the days before kids had entered the picture, and you and your spouse were traveling together? Maybe you were here on the Outer Banks or maybe it was on your honeymoon, somewhere tropical, and you were experiencing a brand new place together.

There is something about a brand new experience with your spouse or loved one that takes you back to that feeling like you’re out on a date during vacation. My husband and I try to squeeze these kinds of things in as often as possible.

Recently, Jason and I headed to Manteo to try our hand at OBX Axe Throwing. We found the brand new local attraction inside Jumpmasters Trampoline Park, and we had so much fun!

I’ll admit, most of the night was spent laughing at what a rookie I was at axe throwing, but that just made it all the more satisfying when I finally got the axe to stick. I assumed that since I am fairly decent at darts that those skills would carry over for axe throwing, but it was more challenging than I thought.

With a few pointers from the knowledgeable staff, I managed to get a bullseye and tied the game! In our house, that’s called bragging rights.

We loved this unique new date night experience and highly recommend trying it out. This was more than just throwing axes at a wooden wall. We were offered a few fun games to try out and even learned a few trick throws.

A few things to know before you go:

Wear closed toe shoes. I live my life in flip-flops and wasn’t so wise. Luckily, OBX Axe Throwing has Crocs (and socks) available to borrow. I happily rocked them.

You can BYOB. Jason and I opted for dinner and drinks after axe throwing, but they do allow participants to bring their own alcoholic beverage.

Arrive 15 minutes early for tips and safety regulations to get the most out of your ticket.

Dress comfortably so that you have full range of movement. Date night in yoga clothes? Yes please!

If you don’t have a babysitter and your children are old enough to jump alone, you can bring the kids to bounce at the adjoining Jumpmasters Trampoline Park.

We truly had so much fun and we couldn’t wait to get home to tell our 14-year-old son about our experience. Since participants just need to be at least 10 years old (with parents permission), we are looking forward to taking him to try it out with friends again soon.

OBX Axe Throwing hours are noon to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. on Sunday. If a date night isn’t your thing, check them out for birthday parties, a fun time with the family or a group of friends or even a bachelor party.

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