Corolla Travel Guide

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Corolla Things to Do

  • Currituck Heritage Park

    Currituck Heritage Park is a 39-acre soundside park containing three of Corolla's best visitor attractions - the Whalehead Club, the Currituck Beach Lighthouse, and the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education. In addition to these, there are a network of walking trails around the beautiful grounds and through patches of maritime forest and marshy...

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  • Currituck Banks Reserve

    Currituck Banks Reserve is protected area just north of Corolla. It is jointly managed by the state and federal governments as part of the NC Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve. Going north through Corolla on NC-12, there is a small parking area right where the road makes a sharp right hand curve about a half mile before the...

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  • Lighthouse Grounds

    The lighthouse grounds provide many opportunities for photos, even if you do not want to climb the tower. The lighthouse itself (photo 5) which was finished on December 1, 1875 was left unpainted to distinguish it from the other lighthouses along this coast. You can see how many bricks it must have taken. The 158 foot lighthouse was automated in...

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  • Climb up the Currituck Beach Lighthouse

    While youre in Corolla, why dont you work out a bit and climb up the Currituck Beach Lighthouse to the top. The Currituck Beach Lighthouse is located between the Cape Henry Lighthouse and the Bodie Island Lighthouse.Built in 1875, the lighthouse made of brown bricks is 158 foot height and has 214 steps. It offers a magnificient view of both the...

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  • Sit on the beach, sip a beverage...of...

    Step 1 - wake upStep 2 - go to the beachStep 3 - mix yourself drinkStep 4 - go back to the beachStep 5 - repeatOption 1 - Go to pool instead of beach. Make up a silly pool game involving pool noodles and a beach ball

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  • 4X4 access to the beach for fishin'!

    For those of you who love to surf fish, I wouls suggest going all the way up 12 to Corolla to the end. 4 wheel drive only with beach tag and all required gear. Once you get on the beach the only way is to go left and head up the beach north, to the right is for people only and the new Club house they just put in. So grab your fishin' tackle and...

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  • Currituck Beach Lighthouse 1875

    Built 1874 and first lit December 1 1875, this closed the last dark 40 mile gap between Bobie Island lighthouse to Cape Henry Virginia with a first order fresnel lens. This beautiful all brick ( Close to 1 Million bricks ) stands 163 Ft. tall lighthouse is visable for 19 miles. All of the lighthouses along this stretch of coast from cape Henry to...

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  • the same lighthouse, but this time on...

    A line for someone, who doesn't believe I was there - I was there!!!The view was smashing.. the ocean and the bay, and the islands.. only those wild horses that were supposed to be there we couldn't spot anywhere.. maybe it was too far. Anyway, the horses you can only see on the photographs. We even went right next to the preserved area, but there...

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  • Currituck Lighthouse

    under the lighthouse, there is a little garden - green and fresh, plus a gift shop with all the holiday stuff you need ;-). We even found some Italian chocolates.

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  • Currituck Light

    The historic light station at Corolla village (36 22 36 N, 75 49 51 W) is known as the Currituck Beach Lighthouse. Technically it is NOT the Corolla Lighthouse.It is one of eight lighthouses positioned along the Outer Banks and was built after the Civil War to fill in the remaining darkness between Bodie Island and Cape Henry, Virginia....

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  • Currituck Lighthouse

    The Currituck Lighthouse is the northern most Lighthouse on the Outer Banks. Located in Corolla, this lighthouse is constructed of Red Brick. In addition to the lighthouse, there is also a small gift shop and museum. Nearby is the Whalehead Club which is also worth a visit.This is one of my favorite lighthouses because it's different from the...

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  • Whalehead Club

    Located adjacent to the Currituck Lighthouse, the Whalehead club was built by a wealthy industrialist as a winter retreat in the 1920's. Since then it's had several uses including bird hunting, and a Coast Guard Academy, . It has been restored to it's original condition and serves as a great example of a coastal retreat for the 1920's wealthy.The...

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Corolla Restaurants

  • Pizza by the Beach

    Cosmo's Pizza is a pizzeria near the beach in the Corolla Light Town Center shopping center, located next to the Corolla Light resort and across the street from the Currituck Beach Lighthouse. The pizza was pretty good. It was kind of greasy, but that's how I like pizza; I'm sure others may not like it so much. For dessert, we got the fried dough...

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  • Good Breakfast

    First Light is a restaurant in the TimBuckII shopping center in Corolla. Despite the name, they have more than just breakfast food and burgers. We dined here for breakfast, though, so I can't really say anything about their other food. But the breakfast food was very good. It's a good thing because there aren't really a lot of other options in the...

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  • Fancy Italian

    Bob thought he'd seen an ad for a restaurant called Stripers in Corolla, but I didn't see it in the phone book. I now know (because I took a picture of it) that it is upstairs in the same shopping center as the Food Lion. About 6:30 we started out to see if we could find Stripers, but we did not. It might have been closed. In the cold and dark, not...

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  • Eat In or Take Out

    We haven't eaten here. I took the picture while sitting in the car with a toothache while Bob went into the grocery store in the shopping center. I understand it is a "comfortable family environment serving classic Italian, Pastas, Subs, and of course Pizza. Eat in or take out"It didn't appear to be open off season when we were there. The Corolla...

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  • Tired of Seafood?

    I have not eaten here, and I am not sure that it is open off season (which was when we were there). Initially I was not able to find anything about it, but there is now a review on the Corolla restaurant page which says:" China King offers all the Chinese favorites in a bright, clean atmosphere. Order at the counter or partake of the popular daily...

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  • North Corolla

    We didn't eat here - I took the photo while I was sitting in the car in the parking lot waiting for my husband to come back with some pain killers for me to take while waiting for a dentist appointment. The restaurant website says:A taste from Philly on the Outer Banks with authentic "Philly Cheesesteak" subs and more!

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Corolla Transportation

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    by grandmaR Written Mar 24, 2005

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    The Currituck Lighthouse pokes its top up above the surrounding vegetation and sand dunes. But if you look at the foreground of the picture you can see bike trails along the sides of the road.

    There are also off-road bike trails, and sometimes you can ride on the packed sand at low tide.

    Currituck Light from road in Corolla Trikes and other bike rentals for the beach Bike trails on the side of the road Route 12 in Corolla
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Corolla Shopping

  • Old Corolla

    Spry Creek is named after the deep water creek just north of the village center. It looked like an interesting place but, we didn't go shopping in there. The building used to be the owner's father's auto repair shop. They sell local art and jewelry, imported ceramics, handmade glass, laces and linens, and a line of toiletries made by Indulgences...

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  • Beachwear ?

    I got this picture while sitting in the car in front of the Food Lion.Men's and Women's swim suits. Voted best swimsuit selection in the outer banksMen's 28 - XXXXL Women's Sizes 4-26Bra Sized Swimwear b, c, d, dd, e, fMix and Match separatesMaternityToddler to Pre-teen . Their website says they have Women's 1-Piece- La Blanca- Leilani-...

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  • Old Corolla Village

    According to the Twiddy & Company website: "Island Bookstore is your friendly village bookshop with the knowledge and resources of your favorite university bookstore. Full service, all subjects. It was builtin the footprint of what was the general store." I took the picture because it was a restored building. I did not shop here.

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Corolla Warnings and Dangers

  • 4 X 4 Beaches - Be prepared!

    Getting stuck on the beach is easy.......be prepared. My sister was lucky there was a guy nearby with a winch on his suped up jeep.

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  • Traffic in high season is not fun!

    Corolla isn't the problem, it's getting to it. Traffic on high season (late June to late August) is very beachy-bothersome. One lane each direction, and one way on and off make it tough. To combat some of the traffic, they alternate days to leave your beach castle, some Saturday, some Sunday, so concider this when booking.

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  • Sand.. sometimes even the lifeguards...

    well, the sand on the beach is not the best place for driving, especially up the little hill, so the lifeguards got stuck. Better not to imagine that they had to rescue someone in the same time

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Corolla Off The Beaten Path

  • SWAN BEACH is home to the wild mustangs

    SWAN BEACH: WATERSCAPE is found in the community of SWAN BEACH which is snuggled between the Currituck Banks and the Currituck National Wildlife Refuge (north/south) and the Atlantic Ocean and the Ablemarle Sound (east/west). SWAN BEACH is home to the wild mustangs, a pure bread strain that has decended from the Spanish mustangs brought over by the...

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  • Old Corolla Village

    Technically Corolla is the small village center on the unpaved road behind the lighthouse, while the area around this village (including the lighthouse) is Currituck. The village of Corolla was a thriving community that began to grow in 1875 after the lighthouse was built. The area was popular for waterfowl hunts (Duck is just down the road), and...

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  • SWANDIPITY...a state of being...in 4X4...

    Searching for the perfect beach vacation? Close your eyes and think of gentle breezes, flat open spaces, white grains of sand and sun dappled waves caressing the shore. Centuries ago, explorers came upon the shores of the Outer Banks of North Carolina and more recently people like you, looking for adventure have found their home by the sea....

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Corolla Sports & Outdoors

  • Corolla Surf Shop

    I took this picture of the Corolla Surf Shop when we went to dinner one night. It was in the same area as the restaurant. There are two or three shops and they rent and sell surfboards, boogie boards, skateboards, clothing, and accessories. They also teach surfing. These are at the on-line store.Accessories (1)Bodyboard Accessories (7)Bodyboards...

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  • Learn how to hang-glide over the barrier...

    A great extreme sport to try while in the Outer Banks is hang-gliding! You can either do it solo in the sand dunes at Jockey's Ridge State Park or tandem with an instructor flying at an altitude of 1,500 to 5,2800 ft high if you are more adventurous. You'll learn to fly at an altitude with an instructor in the glider with you and then towed behind...

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  • Easy fishing!

    For those of us that love to fish the north beaches of corolla provide an oustanding opportunity to catch a multitude of species. Most people think that surf fishing involve expensive gear and the ability to cast a mile. Not true. The fish generally run in the first "trough" which is about 50 feet from surf edge. simple bottom rigs with 3-6 ozs of...

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Corolla Favorites

  • Check out Winks of Corolla!

    Winks is a great place to get what ever you may need for your stay. They have gas, wine, food, can goods, really what ever you may need. Very friendly service, very helpful and this is the oldest store in the area, located near Historic Corolla Village in the Austin Building shopping center on route 12. this place has been open since before route...

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  • Whalehead Sign

    Welcome to Corolla Island Whalehead Club!Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Knight, Jr., a socially prominent couple residing on Newport, Philadelphia, and Manhattan, completed construction of their winter retreat in 1925 (near the end of America's "Gilded Age") and originally named it Corolla Island. The Knights enjoyed winters on Corolla Island until 1934. They...

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  • Playing on the beach

    Even in January you have to take a few minutes to play on the beach. It was cold and windy but there is something about the sand, the waves, and the beach that brings out the kid in all of us. Even the guys in hats were not too cold to spend a few minutes having fun on the beach.

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