Lighthouses are an iconic fixture of American coastlines, providing both guidance to passing ships and a look into maritime history. The Outer Banks is home to five different lighthouses, the most unique being the Currituck Lighthouse, located in Corolla. Well over a century old, the Currituck Lighthouse is one of the most popular OBX landmarks, and a must-see if you’re in Corolla. Here’s why you should plan on spending a day there!
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Discover the Currituck Lighthouse
History of the Lighthouse
The Currituck Lighthouse was built in 1875 under commission of the U.S. Light-House Board. The construction of the Currituck Lighthouse was in response to a 40-mile unlit stretch of coast along the Outer Banks where ships were getting lost due to the lack of visibility. The lighthouse remains in operation to this day, serving not only as a guide for ships but as a popular attraction for visitors.
What You’ll See
Thanks to the efforts of Outer Banks Conservationists, Inc., the Currituck Lighthouse is in excellent condition. To reach the top of the 158-foot lighthouse, you’ll travel up a spiraling metal staircase as you’re encompassed by the lighthouse’s brick walls. Unlike most lighthouses which are painted with an iconic striped design, the Currituck Lighthouse features exposed brick on the outside.
The light itself has been kept in remarkable condition and is surrounded by a glass enclosure. The Currituck Lighthouse is considered a first-order lighthouse due to its light’s large Fresnel lens, which are the biggest of their kind. Not only can you see this impressive light up close, but the view from the top is amazing! Panoramic views of the water and surrounding grounds will give you an idea of what lighthouse keepers from decades ago could see.
The Museum Shop & Grounds
Next to the lighthouse, you’ll find the Lighthouse Keeper’s House where the men who tended the lighthouse and their families lived for decades. Although no one lives there anymore, the house has been transformed into a museum and gift shop.
The grounds surrounding the Currituck Lighthouse are picturesque, whether you’re looking down on them from the top of the lighthouse, or viewing them on foot. The location is great for weddings, too! If a wedding in the Outer Banks is your dream, hold your ceremony at the Currituck Beach Lighthouse!
Hours & Admission
The lighthouse is open daily, March through December, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (weather permitting). On Wednesdays and Thursdays from Labor Day to Memorial Day, the lighthouse and grounds stay open an additional three hours until 8:00 p.m. The Museum Shop operates on the same hours. Admission to climb the lighthouse tower is $10 for adults, and free for kids seven and younger. Admission to the grounds and parking is free.
The Currituck Beach Lighthouse is located at 1101 Corolla Village Rd, Corolla, NC 27927.
More Things to Do in Corolla
In addition to exploring the Currituck Lighthouse, there are so many wonderful things to do in Corolla! When you book your stay with us at Shoreline OBX, we’ll be happy to help you find the perfect activities for you and your family. You can also take a look at our blogs on the Corolla wild horses and the best Corolla restaurants for a few ideas!
Where to Stay
Whether you’re vacationing in Corolla, Duck, or Nags Head, Shoreline OBX has a selection of vacation rentals that stands out among the competition. No matter how large or small your group, Shoreline OBX will help you find a house that fits your needs. With amenities such as private pools, elevators, outdoor patios, Jacuzzi tubs, and much more, you’ll have everything you need for a relaxing, indulgent vacation. Plus, you’ll be just minutes from the Outer Banks’ best attractions, like the Currituck Lighthouse!
Our Outer Banks rentals combine ideal location with all the comforts you want in a vacation home, and more. Contact us today, online or by calling (800) 449-2036, and start planning your Outer Banks vacation today!