Finding time in an otherwise busy schedule to pack your bags and enjoy a great getaway is always exciting, and perhaps never more so than when you’re headed to Corolla, North Carolina. This inviting destination integrated into the grater Outer Banks is loved for being as beautiful as it is exciting. While there are plenty of iconic stops to enjoy while you’re in town and just as many activities to check off your must-do list, alternative options can provide a new perspective on your getaway experience. The following are five under the radar Corolla attractions that will show you a new side of how enticing this amazing destination can be!
Stand Up Paddle Boarding with Coastal Explorations
While Corolla visitors are quick to get out and explore the area’s many landmark locations and shopping and dining stops, it’s easy to overlook the fact the Corolla is home to a comprehensive tour company ready and waiting to show them the very best of the great outdoors! Coastal Explorations is headquartered at 1118 Corolla Village Road and is open every day of the week except Sundays. Their guided stand-up paddleboard tours are particularly unique and offer guests a chance to leave stress behind and follow their guide in a unique style through some of the area’s most pristine waterways imaginable. Tours start with technique instruction then move along to a trip through calm and gentle waters. Over the course of an hour and a half, you’ll tour marshes you might have otherwise missed and get up close to some incredible wildlife too!
Sightseeing in Corolla is definitely fun, but sometimes all of those encounters leave you inspired creatively. When you’re looking for an outlet, head over to Local Color at 510 Hunt Club Drive and put that artistic inspiration to work! This art school offers up opportunities to partake in paint and sip parties or simply enjoy a fine arts class and leave with a masterpiece all your own. All ages and skill levels are invited to come and enjoy the fun. Not to worry, the creativity comes free of charge.
Corolla Wild Horse Fund Museum and Store
The wild horses of Corolla are world-famous and many travelers that take time to vacation here make the most of a wild horse tour or even two during their stay. That said, the Corolla Wild Horse Fund Museum and Store is a more overlooked, yet equally intriguing part of the wild horse story in this part of the Outer Banks. It’s a stop that shouldn’t be missed, especially for travelers interested in learning even more about these incredible creatures. The Corolla Wild Horse Fund Museum and Store is located at 1130 E. Corolla Village Road and is open for visits Monday through Friday from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm. The museum offers up a variety of engaging exhibits and displays that cover the history of wild horses in Corolla as well as the efforts of the Wild Horse Fund to protect them and their environment well into the future. When you’ve taken time to browse, stopping in at the store offers up an option to pick up a gift or souvenir to commemorate your adventures!
Historic Corolla Chapel
As a vacation destination, Corolla is innately a place where history buffs thrive. Its rich history can be seen in the wild horses that roam the beaches and are linked back to the time of the explorers. Still, other evidence of Corolla’s history lies within its architecture. There’s no better place to see it up close than at the Historic Corolla Chapel while you’re in town. Found at 1136 Corolla Village Road, this historic chapel is considered one of Corolla’s most treasured historical sites. The original sanctuary dates back to 1885 and today, continues to host a variety of original furnishings and wall coverings much to the delight of guests with a passion for pursuing the past.
Dolphin Watch Gallery
Tucked away in the Timbuck II Shopping Village, Dolphin Watch Gallery is easy to miss, but it shouldn’t be overlooked! This art gallery is a great place to spend time browsing displays that showcase locally crafted paintings, pottery, stained glass, quilts, sculptures, and jewelry too. At Dolphin Watch Gallery, you can even find hand-woven baskets, mosaics, and a collection of musical instruments. The Dolphin Watch Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 am until 7:00 pm, Saturdays from 10:00 am until 5:30 pm and Sundays from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm.
Book Your Corolla Getaway Today – Corolla Attractions
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