Dive into the Outer Banks at H2OBX! Immerse yourself in the past of pirate ships and the Wright brothers while enjoying modern amenities and over 30 exhilarating rides, slides and attractions. With expansive ocean-to-sound views and classic coastal design, the waterpark offers resort-style comfort alongside a world of family fun.
Currituck – Knotts Island Ferry
Add more adventure to your Outer Banks vacation when travelling in Currituck. Take a ferry to the Knotts Island where you and your family can enjoy bird watching, hiking, biking, hunting, fishing, boating and camping.
Discover and explore Currituck’s Knotts Island, absolutely free of charge. The Knotts Island ferry makes six daily round-trips from a dock near the Historic Courthouse.
Please call 1-800-BY-FERRY to confirm schedule or for any additional questions and inquiries.
Audubon Sanctuary and Center at Pine Island
The 2,600-acre Donal C. O’Brien, Jr. Audubon Sanctuary and Center at Pine Island was the first Audubon center in the State of North Carolina. It protects a mosaic of marsh, sound, and forest in a region that was famed for waterfowl hunting and bass fishing and is now a popular vacation destination. The Center came to fruition when the National Audubon Society, through the generosity of Mr. Earl Slick and his family, received ownership of parcels of land on the Northern Outer Banks that now comprise more than 2,600 acres of marshes and uplands within a 5,000-acre area of the Currituck Sound.
Named for Audubon’s legendary board chair Donal C. O’Brien, Jr., the sanctuary protects marshes along Currituck Sound, bottomland areas, and dry sandy areas and upland maritime forests. Audubon is working closely with community leaders to develop a vision for this sanctuary and educational center that will offer visitors an array of environmental experiences, from exploring the vast expanse of Currituck Sound to studying the smaller wonders of nature.
Walking Trail – Open dawn to dusk.
Tours of the Center are by appointment only.
Robbie Fearn, Director
Chandler Sawyer, Habitat and Resource Manager
Corolla Wild Horses
The Wild Spanish Mustangs are unique to Corolla and Currituck counties, and you won’t find them in any other part of the world.
The only remaining wild herd left in the world, these horses are a must-see when visiting the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The wild horses were originally brought here in the 1500s on Spanish ships. The shallow nature of the coast off of Corolla and the unpredictable sandbars have caused the area to be known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic, and caused many a shipwreck. It is believed that the horses survived such occasions to swim to shore, making a new home for themselves, and they’ve been here ever since.
Whether roaming the sand-streets or enjoying the fine sea mist on the shores of Corolla, these horses are free to wander as they please. They stroll through neighborhoods and yards, pausing to nibble a bite of grass, sea oats, live oak tree leaves or persimmons.
Their legs are short, their bodies stocky and their fur fluffier than domesticated horses. Locals and visitors alike steer clear, out of respect and concern for their protection. Their diets are narrow and their health precarious; the slightest contact with humans can be lethal for the horses. This is why it is so important to never get closer than 50 feet from one of these beautiful creatures.
Although mild in personality, these horses are entirely untamed, and can be quite territorial. Stallions regularly break into battle over mares, food and resources, and visitors are well-advised to keep a healthy distance for fear of spooking one. Although smaller than most horses, they are still extremely strong, and protective of their fellows.
The best time to view these living artifacts is spring, from mid April to the end of May. This is the off-season, meaning that the beaches are less crowded, and it’s also the mating season of the horses.
Whether your stay is a day, a weekend or a month, make time to visit the 4×4 beaches and see if you can spot some wild horses. Better yet, take a tour with the Corolla Wild Horse Fund, whose mission is to protect and preserve the herd, and whose guides are full of fun facts and insider info.
Charles Kuralt Trail (Mackay Island)
In the mid-Atlantic Coastal plain of Virginia and North Carolina, mysterious, dark backwater rivers flow into estuarine sounds contained by the Outer Banks. Here, eleven national wildlife refuges and a national fish hatchery are working to conserve fish, wildlife, plants and their native habitats. The Charles Kuralt Trail has been established to help people enjoy these wildlands and to recognize the broadcast journalist who shared the delights and wonders of out-of-the-way places like these.
Confederate War Memorial
A large pink granite ball mounted on a base with a plaque that reads “To Our Confederate Dead 1861-1865”. The Union troops camped on the Courthouse lawn during part of the Civil War and Colonel Henry M. Shaw was in charge of the Eighth Regiment of North Carolina Troops. He lived in Indiantown in Currituck. The settlement is now called Shawboro and he is buried there. He was one of the signers of the Paper of Secession.
The chapel was built in 1885 and served the Community until 1958. It was not used again until 1987 when a new congregation was established.
In 2002 a large addition was built to accommodate the growing attendance. The interior of the new addition was built to resemble the style of the original section, even replica pews were installed.
Many visitors come to see the pelican altar window and hear its story. In recent years it has also become a popular wedding site.
Corolla Chapel is the only year round Church in Corolla (Interdenominational) with a service every Sunday at 10:00 a.m. with the addition of an 8:30 a.m. service during the season.
Currituck Banks National Estuarine Reserve
A great activity for nature lovers and hikers, the Reserve Access Trail takes visitors into the marshy areas of Currituck County. Identify the various types of flora indigenous to the area; the trail is ideal for birdwatchers, too.
As this is protected land, no hunting or fishing is allowed, but it is worth the visit to see a part of the Outer Banks in its natural beauty.
Currituck Beach Lighthouse
Climb the 220 steps to the top of the majestic, red brick lighthouse. First lit on December 1, 1875, the beacon filled the remaining “dark spot” on the North Carolina coast between Cape Henry and Bodie Island lighthouses.
It is one of the only lighthouses in America that still houses its original first-order Fresnel lens. The light continues to flash today at 20-second intervals, serving as a navigational aid. The beacon, which can be seen for 18 nautical miles, comes on at dusk and ceases at dawn.
The Currituck Beach Lighthouse is a member of Historic Corolla and the Historic Albemarle Tour.
The admission cost to climb the lighthouse is $10.00 for anyone 8 years of age or older, youth 7 and under are admitted free of charge with an adult (cash and checks only). Children 12 and younger may climb only if accompanied by an adult. Parents or guardians must sign a waiver for unaccompanied climbers ages 13-17. The Currituck Beach Lighthouse is open to the public mid-March through December 1st every year.
During periods of high winds or extreme weather the outside gallery or the entire lighthouse tower may be closed to climbers.
Take an Interactive Panoramic Tour!
Experience the Currituck Beach Lighthouse by clicking below! (Links open in a new window.)
Spherical Panorama Photography by Laddie Crisp, Jr. MD
Grave Digger/Digger’s Dungeon
If you consider yourself a true Grave Digger fan, then you absolutely have to visit the Digger’s Dungeon this year. You’ll see where it all began, and where it is all going. Besides the captivating aura of the Digger’s Dungeon, you may witness the truck up close, take photos, and also get your hands on the official Digger’s Dungeon merchandise at the Digger’s Dungeon store. Make plans this year to visit the Digger’s Dungeon on your vacation!
Historic Corolla Village
Visit Historic Corolla Village, a popular attraction for visitors to Currituck’s Outer Banks. Stroll down sandy streets lined with wooden signs for restored shops hosted by friendly merchants and visit a simpler time. Tour the historic Whalehead mansion while you’re in town, and snap a photo of the view from the top of the Currituck Beach Lighthouse.
The village is home to many unique businesses, including the Wild Horse Museum. Although most of the isolated villages that existed on this stretch of coast in the past have disappeared, the Historic Corolla Village remains intact, providing insight into times long past.
The focus of the Village has been on the restoration and re-purposing of the existing historic homes into retail shops and office spaces. Visitors can walk the paths and visit the carefully restored homes: The Parker House, Parker Outbuilding, Gray-Lewark House, Gray-Lewark Outbuilding, The Gard House, and A Village Garden.
Twiddy & Company has been instrumental in efforts to restore the many buildings in the Village and is housed in the historic Kill Devil Hills Lifesaving Station, which they have relocated to the Village. They have also restored the Wash Woods US Coast Guard Station #166, which is situated on the four-wheel-drive beaches of Corolla.
With it’s unpaved roads and historic setting, staying in Corolla Village in Corolla, NC provides a unique way to experience the beauty, history, and scenery that the secluded northern Outer Banks beaches have to offer. Located near the Currituck Beach Lighthouse, Whalehead Club, and Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education, Corolla Village is home to restored residences that are now home to numerous quaint shops, stores, and museums.
Visitors enjoy strolling through Corolla Village because it’s like taking a trip back in times to when life was much simpler…with it’s unpaved sand roads, live oaks, scrub pines, and relaxing pace. From Corolla Village, it’s only a short walk or bike ride to the ocean and several of the most popular things to do in Corolla, NC. It’s difficult to image that this area was home to only two-hundred people at the turn of the century, and most of the residents were families of those working at the Currituck Beach Lifesaving Station.
Take a step back in time, visit the Historic Corolla Village.
Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education
‘Life by Water’s Rhythm’s’ is the theme of this educational facility dedicated to exploring coastal North Carolina’s wildlife, natural history and heritage. Part of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education is located in Corolla, at Currituck Heritage Park. The Center offers both indoor and outdoor attractions for visitors to enjoy.