The all new Jennett's Pier opened in May of 2011 and since then has had thousands of visitors. The pier is now open 24/7 and features a public beach access with parking and a bathhouse. Sounds like this would be a perfect family activity.
About 1000 years ago the barrier islands known now as the Outer Banks were born when the cold Labrador Current and the warm Gulf Stream Current merged. These barrier islands, as well as sandbars and shoals, continue to be reshaped by the powerful action of these currents.