Great Things to Do in Corolla

March 20, 2013
The Currituck Beach Lighthouse and the surrounding Heritage Park are an amazing way to get in touch with Corolla’s history. A short walk can take you down a secluded boardwalk to the edge of the Currituck Sound; to the beautiful Whalehead Club with its iconic architecture and boathouse; to the Historic Corolla Village with the Corolla Wild Horse Fund Museum, quaint shops and restaurants, and the historic Corolla schoolhouse; or to the historic lighthouse itself and the surrounding keepers’ houses. The Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education is also nearby, providing a great vacation activity for those interested in the wildlife that make their homes in and around the sound.

Photo opportunities abound. Even if you choose not to climb the 214 steps to see the view from the top of the lighthouse, its warm, unpainted brick exterior is a lovely backdrop for photos. And the staff are more than willing to share their vast knowledge about the history of the lighthouse and its surrounding areas. The Whalehead Club Historic House and Museum also provides a photogenic peek into Corolla’s past with its luxurious interior, boathouse, and maritime museum.

If you’re looking for all things related to the famous Corolla wild horses, look no further than the Corolla Wild Horse Fund Museum and Shop. Here you can learn about the horses, find out how to observe them safely in their natural habitat, and participate in activities for kids. Proceeds from the shop and activities help to fund veterinary care, rehabilitation, and rescue efforts for the herd.

Unique shopping and dining opportunities are located in the same historic village area as the Wild Horse Museum. What once were historic family homes have been restored and converted into small shops and businesses. If you’re looking for unique souvenirs that can’t be found anywhere else, this is your best bet.

Even if you opt not to visit the inside of any of these fantastic attractions, a leisurely stroll around the park itself can also be a relaxing way to pass the time. Make sure check out the bridge near the Whalehead Club, and pay a visit to the boardwalk that extends out to the sound — it’s a beautiful walk with some fantastic views of the Currituck sound, and you can appreciate the lighthouse from a different angle.