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5 Best Things to do in Corolla, NC During Your Stay  

Corolla is a northern, Outer Banks town filled with charm and unspoiled beauty. With a wide variety of activities, shopping, and dining, there is something for everyone to enjoy!

Access 4x4 Beaches in Corolla

Are you an outdoor enthusiast who loves a dynamic beach adventure? Make visiting the 4x4 beaches in Corolla a top priority on your list of things to do during your vacation! Choose an ideal spot to park for a full day of uninterrupted fun in the sun, but be sure to pack a lunch. You will not find any take-out or dine-in here! Although a bit secluded, these beaches are some of the best for fishing, surfing, and shell hunting. Take a drive down the sandy back roads of Carova, where you may get lucky and find a few wild horses at play. Whether you have a 4x4 vehicle or are planning to rent one for the day, the 4-wheel drive beaches are a must-do! ?

Currituck Beach Lighthouse

Take a self-guided tour to the top of the Currituck Beach Lighthouse. 220-steps stand in the way of you and the panoramic views of the Currituck Sound and the Atlantic Ocean. This red-brick lighthouse is rich in history dating back to the early 19th century! Spend some time in the archives room before you ascend. Admire the old photographs and handwritten letters from Lightkeepers past. The first through third landings highlight the history of the lighthouse's construction. Once you have exercised your way to the top, be sure to get a glimpse above through the 150-year-old Fresnel Lens. This lens is one of the only original first-order Fresnel lenses left in America. Lighthouse admissions are $10 per person four years of age and older, three and under climb for free. Climbing hours are between 9 am and 5 pm every day, mid-March through December 1st.  ?

Whalehead at Historic Corolla

Take a tour of the mysterious yet majestic Whalehead Club! The construction of this home began in 1923, and renovations in 2002 made this home what we see today. In its existence, the Whalehead Club served many different purposes. Breaking the limits of what was to come here in the Outer Banks as the first home to have electricity and a basement. History continues to reveal itself inside the walls of this magnificent home. While touring, admire the original Tiffany lighting fixtures, cork floors, and corduroy walls. Observe the historical artifacts and photography left behind. Explore this 21,000 square foot mansion year-round. Admission fees vary depending on the type of tour.

Tim Buck II Shopping Center

Enjoy dining, shopping, and even a spa day here at the Tim Buck II Shopping Center! Speed around the Corolla Raceway, or take some old-timey photos at Miss Kitty's Photo Booth. The shoppers of your group will delight in the variety of stores this center has to offer. Find unique and local shops around every corner. If you're looking for a fun adventure, spend a day on the water at Corolla Watersport and Golf Links. Don't let all that fun in the sun make you hangry! Find an array of restaurants to choose from within the shopping center! Even the pickiest eaters can find a bite to eat here, from pizza and Mexican to burgers and seafood. Before you go, don't forget to grab your Brew Thru T-shirts! Tim Buck II Shopping Center has something for everyone in the group open daily from 10 am - 10 pm. Hours may vary by season!

Currituck Banks Coastal Estuarine Reserve

This 965-acre preserve is a pristine and unspoiled landscape open to the public! Placed on the border of the 4x4 beaches and offering some of the best fishing and hunting grounds around. Wear your hiking boots and experience the various hiking trails this reserve offers. If you love a good hike, you are bound to find a trail to fall in love with here! For all the animal lovers and bird watchers, bring your camera and binoculars. You won't want to miss out on some of the fascinating wildlife the Outer Banks has to offer.

What are you waiting for?

With an abundance of activities to do in Corolla, it’s time to book your stay!