The Currituck Beach Lighthouse is a 162-foot tall brick lighthouse in Corolla, NC. Boasting a first-order Fresnel lens that can be seen up to 18 nautical miles away, Currituck Beach Lighthouse flashes at a 20-second interval cycle with the light being on for 3 seconds and off for 17 seconds. Recognized by its natural-brick color, this lighthouse stands 158-feet above sea level and is the northern most lighthouse in North Carolina. With awesome 360-degree views of the surrounding Currituck Sound and Atlantic Ocean beaches, adventurous visitors can climb the 220 steps to the top. Open mid-March - early December 9am - 5pm weather permitting (open until 8pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays during summer). Climbs cost $10 while children 7 & under can climb for free.
The Whalehead Club in Historic Corolla is a 21,000 sq.ft. mansion that sits on 39 acres along the Currituck Sound. Originally opened as a hunting retreat in 1925 by owners Edward and Marie Knight, the Whalehead Club is known for its Art Nouveau-style architecture. After the Knights’ deaths, the building was sold and used for a variety of purposes including a Coast Guard shelter, correctional school for boys and a government rocket fuel testing location before ending up abandoned for two decades. Restored to original condition in the 90s, the iconic yellow manor and surrounding grounds are open for tours allowing visitors to step back in time to another era of local Outer Banks culture.