Your 2024 Bucket List

January 24, 2024

The Wild Mustangs, the Currituck Beach Lighthouse, and our beautiful beaches top most to-do lists among visitors to Corolla and the Currituck Outer Banks. They are just a few reasons why Southern Living listed Corolla among the Top 10 Best Family Getaways in the South. You may have stayed here in a beautiful vacation home years ago, or maybe you’re planning your first trip here. Either way, there is always something new to experience here.

If you weren’t able to visit us last year but plan to come up this summer, check out these recommendations for an extra special vacation.

Get Nautical! The Currituck Maritime Museum opened in Historic Corolla and has become a favorite attraction. Admission is free to explore this huge self-interpretive and family-friendly exhibit experience. With many amazing exhibits and artifacts, the new museum is a monument to our region’s nautical history.

Currituck Maritime Museum - Corolla, NC

Step Off The Beach and Back in Time! Visiting Whalehead is like going back in time. Whalehead is a beautifully restored 1920s-era Art Nouveau-style mansion-turned-museum. Tour this beautifully restored landmark and watch our summer events calendar for the weekly Cork and Craft and Yoga in the Park events held on Whalehead’s lawn.

Get Back to Nature! You’ve packed your flip-flops, but what about your hiking shoes? Currituck County is home to multiple nature trails at Pine Island Audubon Sanctuary and the Currituck Banks National Estuarine Reserve. Enjoy a walk through these serene maritime forests and bring your camera to capture the wildlife.

Cool Off! H2OBX Waterpark is one of the top attractions on the Currituck mainland and reopens for the season on May 25. Single-day tickets and season passes are available for a summer of water-based rides and family-friendly amenities. 

Paddle On! The Currituck Sound is a favorite spot for kayaking, paddle boarding, and sailing. Book a sunset kayak tour with Coastal Explorations or Kitty Hawk Kites, or bring your own and put in at the boat ramp at Historic Corolla. The sound area is gorgeous and offers spectacular views and opportunities for bird watching.

Currituck Sound - Outer Banks Kayak Sunset

Search for Treasure! If you’re an early riser, try your luck during low tide to see if any sea glass has washed ashore. It’s not as prevalent as in the past, but if you’re lucky you might come across a fragment of glass made smooth and frosted by the churning waves.

Explore our History! The recently established African-American Experience of Northeast North Carolina features over thirty monuments to Black history, including the Historic Jarvisburg Colored School and Capt. Benjamin J. Bowser gravesite in Jarvisburg. This self-guided tour reveals fascinating facts about our region.

Be sure also to download our free visitor’s guide or follow us on Facebook or Instagram. Every day here offers a new adventure and new opportunities to relax, reconnect with loved ones, and create memories that will last a lifetime.