Hummer Adventure Tours

    Our 13-passenger, open-air Hummer starts life as a Hummer H1. We then upgrade many of the mechanical components to the military spec equivalents, recondition the engine and drive-train, and extend the frame and body by two feet. Our Hummer H1 vehicles have been customized with your safety in mind. All designs have been over-engineered to build the safest and most comfortable ride possible.

    • The roll cage is built into the frame of the vehicle for ultimate protection.
    • Seats have seatbelts and restraint systems for child seats.
    • All seats are actual car seats -no boat-style bench seats or plastic bucket seats are used in our vehicles.
    • An additional upper windshield with a top made with a combination of fine mesh and clear plastic enables occupants a 360-degree view while also providing protection from UV rays and unexpected inclement weather.

    After customization, the Hummer is capable of seating 13 passengers with more leg room than any standard SUV. Individual seats that are 21 inches wide (no bench seats), in a stadium seating configuration, offer ultimate comfort and visibility for all.

    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.

    All aboard!

    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.

    Plan your adventure today!

    Sanctuary Vineyards

    Our vineyards come alive in the spring, and produce foliage, flowers and most importantly, fruit, as the season progresses. At the peak of ripeness, we pick our grapes by hand. Depending on type of grape and style of wine, we may ferment the wine slowly on the skins, or quickly extract the juice for a fresh and fruity style. Vineyards and tasting room is located at the Cotton Gin. Offering free local wine tastings; open year round.

    Corolla Outback Adventures

    Our unique Land Cruiser tour guides you along the north beach through remote areas into the wild horse preserve. Learn about the fragile ecosystem, history and folklore, as well as some of our own experiences from when we started Bender’s Beach Service in 1962.

    Whalehead in Historic Corolla


    Step off the beach and step back in time.

    Set on 39 pristine acres along the Currituck Sound in Historic Corolla, the Whalehead is a beautifully restored 1920s-era Art Nouveau-style mansion listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

    With its bold yellow paint, copper roof, and mahogany doors, the Whalehead invites you to explore a fascinating period in Outer Banks history. Nearly every inch of the home has been carefully restored to the way it looked when Edward Collings Knight Jr. and his wife, Marie Louise, first opened the doors as a lavish hunting retreat in 1925.

    The wealthy Knights spent their winters here hunting, relaxing and entertaining. Today, stepping inside is to step back into another time and place. Restored in 1992 to its original glory, the Whalehead is now open year-round for tours.

    Click here to read more about the Whalehead’s history and mysteries.

    The Knights come to Corolla

    Edward Collings Knight Jr. and his wife Marie Louise shared a passion for hunting waterfowl. But in those days, Mrs. Knight wasn’t welcomed in the all-male hunt clubs. Mr. Knight’s answer was to build a 21,000-square-foot “mansion by the sea” just for his bride.

    Click to read more about the Knights and their mansion retreat.

    Is the Whalehead haunted?

    These walls can talk … or at least some who have visited say they do. Over the years, some say they smelled cigar smoke in a smoke-free room, heard the wails of a little girl who wasn’t there and watched the elevator head to the basement all by itself. Is the Whalehead haunted? You’ll have to decide for yourself. There are even special ghost tours. Click the link below to learn more.

    Click here to read more about the paranormal mysteries of the Whalehead.

    Special events for the ages.

    The Whalehead in Historic Corolla is an ideal location for wedding ceremonies, receptions, rehearsal dinners, family reunions, anniversaries, corporate gatherings, birthday and other celebrations! Getting married or have another celebration planned?  The Whalehead is the perfect venue.

     Click here to plan your event.

    Tours and Pricing

    The Whalehead in Historic Corolla is open for tours from 10am to 4pm Monday through Saturday. Prices and tour options vary. Come uncover the mystery of a by-gone era on the Outer Banks, when waterfowl outnumbered the people, and a once flourishing family built a mansion retreat for the ages.  Please note, there are no refunds on specialty guided tours.

    Click here for tours and pricing information.

    Operating Hours

    Sunday11:00 am – 4:00 pm (May 27 thru November 25)
    Monday10:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Tuesday10:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Wednesday10:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Thursday10:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Friday10:00 am – 4:00 pm
    Saturday10:00 am – 4:00 pm


    Corolla Wild Horse Fund

    Tucked in quaint Old Corolla Village you will find the Wild Horse Museum operated by the Corolla Wild Horse Fund, caretakers of the wild horse herd. The museum welcomes visitors year-round to provide free information about the wild Spanish Mustangs that roam the northern beaches of the Currituck Outer Banks. The museum includes touch exhibits for children, a wall-sized aerial map of the horse’s range, video displays, and friendly staff to answer questions about how to see the horses as well as learn about their historic significance. Children’s activities such as live mustang visits,  and horse painting are offered during the summer months. Sales in our gift shop help fund efforts to preserve and protect the horses. Admission is free and nominal fees apply to children’s activities. The Corolla Wild Horse Fund is now offering the “Trip of a Lifetime.” Locate and observe the wild Colonial Spanish Mustangs with the herd manager of the nonprofit Corolla Wild Horse Fund and learn from the expert. Your purchase of a Mustang Defender membership at the $250 level entitles you and a guest to travel the north beach with the only official manager of the wild horse herd. Your purchase of a Charter membership at the $500 level entitles you and three guests to accompany the herd manager. You will also receive a beautifully mounted and framed photo. Each four hour trip is based on the real time experience and daily activities of the horses and the people that protect and care for them. Traveling in a spacious, air conditioned GM Yukon, you see what the herd manager sees. Be involved in the daily documentation or just sit back and enjoy. The photo opportunities are endless. Best of all, your membership dollars go to help care for horses. Contact the Corolla Wild Horse Fund for more information.

    Wild Horse Adventure Tours & Art Gallery

    Feel the ocean breeze and taste the salty air as you cruise the Outer Banks beaches in their exclusive OPEN AIR, 13-passenger Hummers with one of their seasoned guides in search of the Colonial Spanish Mustangs!  Their open-air cruises traverse beaches, dunes and Maritime forests with exclusive access to a wild horse sanctuary. No two tours are ever the same; so if you like history, ecology, adventure, and quick-witted comedy, they have you covered.  Wild Horse Adventure Tours was ranked as the 2015 #1 tour in the USA by Tripadvisor and 2018 Business of the Year by the OBX Chamber of Commerce. Check out the wild horses in their tour video here, or call 252-489-2020for more information.

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    Located at 610 Currituck Clubhouse Dr., Corolla, NC  27927 (by Harris Teeter)
    Toll Free:  1-800-460-4136
    Local: 1-252-489-2020


    Wild Horse Museum & Store

    Wild Horse memorabilia and souvenirs are available at our store and all proceeds from the sale of merchandise go directly to activities to protect, preserve, and care for the horses. We offer kids the chance to pet a live Spanish Mustang as well as other activities from 11:00am-2:00pm during the summer months. Call to hear information about that day’s planned activity. 252-453-8002.

    Back Beach Wild Horse Tours

    We provide safe family fun to see the Corolla Wild Horses in their native habitat. The wild horse tours are designed with families in mind. Tours includes quite a bit of Eco Tourism. Wild Horse Sightseeing Tours are much more than just a trip to see the horses. We give information on history, ecology and once in a while a pirate story or two. So book your trip today.

    We have two ways to view the horses. Our Monster Truck Tour, and an open air safari style vehicle. Both are fun and safe for all ages, yes even kids in car seats can go on this trip. Back Beach has large capacity vehicles with seating for up to 14 people.

    Back Country Safari Tours

    Back Country Safari Tours specializes in family oriented nature tours through the 12 mile strand of the Outer Banks we call the BACK COUNTRY. You’ll explore over 30 miles of beach, dune and back country trails in our family sized 4WD SUV’s with our trained naturalists to discover the Outer Banks’ abundant shore life and experience an up close visit with the legendary wild Spanish Mustangs brought to our shores by Spanish Conquistadors nearly 500 years ago.

    Back Country Safari Tours is proud to offer Segway “test glides” and tours. The Segway Ht is a self balancing – 2 wheeled electric transportation vehicle that is currently being offered for tours in San Francisco, Chicago, New York, New Orleans, D.C. , and Paris – it is the future of short transportation and it is now here on the Outer Banks!