One of our favorite recipes for fun includes plenty of wide open spaces, a dash of wind, lots of sunshine, and of course, kids! Throw in a couple of kites and you’ve got the makings for a perfect day. From sandy stretches to awesome green spaces, flip through the album below to discover our picks for best places to throw caution to the wind.

Jockey’s Ridge State Park – Nags Head, Nc

Is it any wonder the Wright Brothers hung around Nags Head and Kitty Hawk in the Outer Banks of North Carolina trying to reach great heights? Ideal wind conditions and the largest natural dunes on the East Coast make Jockey’s Ridge State Park ideal for high-flying fun. To this day, you’ll see a vast number of kites dotting the sky and not only is the Outer Banks home to the Wright Brothers National Memorial but it’s also where the Wright Kite Festival (among several other kite-themed events) happens every year.

Insider Tip: Pick up supplies and tips at Kitty Hawk Kites

Online: jockeysridgestatepark.com

photo: Michael Bentley via flickr

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—Gabby Cullen