Top 5 Things To Experience In Corolla, North Carolina
by Lacey H.
Nestled between the town of Duck to the south and the Currituck National Wildlife Refuge to the north, Corolla, is the crown jewel of Currituck County. This small community that borders both the Atlantic Ocean and the Currituck Sound provides the perfect spot to enjoy a wide array of recreational opportunities along the northern Outer Banks. From the presence of wild ponies that roam its picturesque beaches to superior retail stores and restaurants that offer some of the best shopping and dining on the Outer Banks, there is something for every vacationer to enjoy in Corolla. Check out Seaside Vacations’ list of the top five things you should experience on your next visit!
1. Wild Horses
When you think “Corolla,” chances are a herd of wild horses also comes to mind. The descendants of Spanish mustangs that swam to shore when the vessels they were traveling on became shipwrecked in the shallow shoals off the coast centuries ago, the horses that call Corolla home today are one of the biggest attractions of the Outer Banks. Gather your friends and family and take a tour of the four-wheel drive area just north of Corolla to see these wild horses up close and personal as they splash in the surf and graze along the sand dunes—an unforgettable experience you can’t get anywhere else!
2. Currituck Beach Lighthouse
Towering 162 feet above the town, the Currituck Beach Lighthouse is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Corolla. The iconic structure—which offers unparalleled 360-degree views of the Atlantic Ocean and neighboring Currituck Sound—is open seasonally from March 1 to December 1. Visitors are invited to climb 220 steps to the top of the historic red-brick lighthouse, whose construction was completed on December 1, 1875. With a beacon of light that can be seen for 18 nautical miles, the Currituck Beach Lighthouse has served as a navigational aid for mariners sailing off the shores of North Carolina for nearly 150 years.
Few buildings located in Corolla are as well-known as the historic Whalehead Club. The history of this bright-yellow structure dates back to 1922, when Edward Collings Knight, Jr. and his wife, Marie Louise Lebel Bonat Knight, purchased the former hunting retreat and transformed it into a lavish winter residence. The 21,000-foot building—which features five ornamental chimneys, Tiffany lighting, corduroy walls and cork flooring—has been beautifully restored and remains a striking representation of the Art Nouveau architectural style made popular in the 1920s. Today, Whalehead is open to the public and offers museum tours to vacationers of all ages who are intrigued by the building’s unique history and Corolla’s storied past.
Nothing says “vacation” like enjoying a heavy dose of retail therapy, and there is no better place on the Outer Banks to shop than throughout the town of Corolla. From TimBuck II and Monteray Plaza to The Shoppes at Currituck Club and Corolla Light Town Center, you’ll find no shortage of shopping options here. And when you book one of the dozens of beach houses available in Corolla, you’ll never be more than a few minutes away from stores that range from chic boutiques and souvenir shops to local art galleries and one-of-a-kind design studios.
You can’t visit Corolla without taking advantage of one of the town’s most plentiful offerings: water! Miles of shoreline on both the ocean and sound sides of this northern Outer Banks town provide exceptional opportunities to enjoy an assortment of watersports, including surfing, standup paddleboarding, kayaking and kiteboarding. Several local companies along the beach offer equipment rentals by the hour, day or week, so you can try out a wide variety of watersports during your stay in Corolla.
Whether you’ve never visited Corolla before or it has been your favorite vacation spot for years, there’s no better time than the present to plan your trip to the beach. Call Seaside Vacations at (866) 884-0267 to book your stay in Corolla today!