There are so many fun things to do in Corolla, NC on Currituck’s Outer Banks that it would almost be easier to list the few things there that aren’t fun: Sunburn and sand burrs. There, it’s a short list.
When planning your family trip to Corolla, be sure to bring sunscreen and flip flops, and consider adding on an extra day or two to your vacation because there will always be one more activity the kids are dying to try.
Here are our top five picks for maximum fun in Corolla:
1. Take your little ones to the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education, where they can take various classes on beginner’s fishing and crabbing, nature photography, archery for all ages, and kayaking. Some activities require a reservation and the presence of a parent. Check out the schedule for dates and details. Classes fill up quickly, so check out the class schedule early in the week and make sure you’re registered.
2. Of course, no visit to Corolla would be complete without seeing the famous lighthouse. Built in 1875, the Currituck Beach Lighthouse stands 162 feet tall and is the last major brick lighthouse of the Outer Banks. This particular outing may be best suited for families whose children are ten and older, thanks to the 214 steps to the top! All that huffing and puffing will be worth it once you’ve reached the summit and stand surveying the entire coast of Corolla. Climbing the lighthouse is truly an experience that your family will treasure forever.
3. For the history buff in your family, plot a course to the Historic Corolla Village. Travel back in time to the late 1800s and walk the sandy streets that lead visitors right into the heart of Corolla. Linger through the meticulously restored homes and shops, including the Whalehead mansion, the Corolla Chapel, and the relocated U.S. Lifesaving Station. While in the Village, look for unique treasures at the Old Corolla Trading Company and enjoy a delicious lunch in the Parker House outbuilding, now Corolla Village BBQ.
4. Also located in the Historic Corolla Village is the Corolla Wild Horse Fund Museum. Operated by a local non-profit organization, the mission of the museum is to educate the public, preserve the habitat, and protect the lifestyle of the wild Spanish mustangs that have roamed the northern Outer Banks for nearly 500 years. Besides the educational aspects, there is lots of fun to be had at this museum. Check out their daily planned activities for kids (some fees may apply), the gift shop with wares to satisfy even the pickiest horse-lover, and even the chance to pet or ride a domesticated mustang.
5. As a follow-up to your museum trip, why not take the family on an adventure and set out on a horse tour? There are many Corolla-based companies that provide tours and guarantee that you’ll see the horses while the guides regale your family with tales of local history and lore. A horse tour is the perfect way to see the horses and learn more about the history of the horses and the area. If you’d like assistance in setting up the tour, stop by the Corolla Visitor’s Center and they will assist you. This is an exciting experience for the whole family… and one that the kids will never forget. Don’t forget to bring your camera!
There are so many other activities to enjoy in Corolla. Take a minute to request a Visitor’s Guide and start planning your dream vacation today. We’ll see you soon!