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.

    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!

    Corolla Chapel

    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.

    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


    Corolla Jeep Adventures

    Guided tours from sunrise to sunset to see the majestic Wild Spanish Mustang roaming on our 4×4 beaches of Currituck County.
    We also offer Beach wedding transportation

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.)

    The Lantern Room

    The Spiral Staircase to the Top

    Spherical Panorama Photography by Laddie Crisp, Jr. MD