Life gets busy which makes time to get out of town and enjoy a great vacation that much more meaningful. When your travel plans bring you to the Outer Banks, and you find yourself in Corolla, you can rest assured that you’ll be well on your way to creating fun lifelong memories. While there is a lot to see, do and explore in this area, there are a few places that simply stand out from the rest. The following are five of the top North Carolina tourist hot spots that Corolla hosts and that you won’t want to miss out on while you’re in town.
Half the fun of a trip to the Outer Banks is spending well-earned time on the scenic shorelines and planning a getaway to Corolla specifically is no exception to that rule! Known for its soft white/golden sands and beautiful vistas paired with warm and rippling waters, Corolla Beach promises to have a little something for everyone to enjoy. Whether your plans include settling into a beach chair and working on your tan from a sandy vantage point or hopping in the water to get a close look at the plant and marine life below the waves, Corolla Beach is the best place to do it all. Photographers who have their cameras on hand will be delighted with this area around sunset and will find plenty of unique angles to capture the view among coastal shrubs and brush that sit just above the shoreline.
Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education
Situated at 1160 Village Lane, the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education is a well-known and popular learning center in Corolla. Locals and visitors alike head this way to take advantage of the center’s many nature programs and classes that provide unique opportunities and insight into the natural surroundings that make Corolla and the entire Outer Banks so endlessly appealing! The Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education is open to the public admission-free and even offers volunteer opportunities to work with endangered sea turtle initiatives. From guided boating to bird watching and wildlife spotting alongside a knowledgeable guide, this center offers up a new way to take in the world every time you’re in Corolla.
Corolla Wild Horse Tours
One of the most iconic natural features Corolla is known for worldwide is its herds of wild horses that call the beaches home. While some say these horses are the ancestors of those left behind by explorers, others credit them with being the ancestors of horses that survived long ago shipwrecks and managed to swim to shore. Either way, they remain a thrilling testament to time and one of Corolla’s most treasured wildlife. The closest you can get to them safely is by booking a tour and Corolla Wild Horse Tours is a popular choice. Alongside a guide, you’ll enter wild horse territory and from a distance, view them in their stunning natural habitat. It’s an incredible way to observe these amazing animals. Corolla Wild Horse Tours is located at 1210 Ocean Trail and is open for business Monday through Friday from 8:00 am until 6:00 pm.
A visit to Corolla’s historic landmarks is always a highlight of any trip this way and when you’re looking to begin your journey with the most iconic, Whalehead Club is it! Found at 1100 Club Road, the Whalehead Club is easy to spot thanks to its massive dimensions and fully restored exterior. This 21,000 square foot mansion overlooks the Currituck Sound and was once an infamous hunting lodge for those who could afford to enjoy its many amenities. The Whalehead Club dates back to the early 1920s and today is open for tours for those who are interested in connecting with the area’s rich history on an even more meaningful level.
Currituck Beach Lighthouse
Mention the Outer Banks and it’s likely that visions of lighthouses will automatically spring to mind. This is with good reason as the area has long been an important maritime hub and lighthouses have played an integral role in shoreline safety. If you’re visiting Corolla, a trip to the Currituck Beach Lighthouse is a must. Found at 1101 Corolla Village Road, the Currituck Beach Lighthouse first opened in 1875 and stands an impressive 162 feet tall. It’s open from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm daily and is an amazing stop for snapping pictures, exploring, and admiring pristine surroundings in Corolla.
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