Visit the Currituck Beach Lighthouse

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Explore the Majestic Currituck Beach Lighthouse in Corolla

The historic Currituck Beach Lighthouse, a beacon of beauty and charm nestled along the picturesque shores of Corolla in North Carolina's Outer Banks. Standing tall at 162 feet, this iconic lighthouse has guided sailors and mariners along the treacherous coastline for over 150 years, offering a glimpse into the region's rich maritime history and providing visitors with an unforgettable experience.

A Step Back in Time

As you approach the Currituck Beach Lighthouse, you'll feel as though you've been transported back in time. Built in 1875, the lighthouse boasts a distinctive red brick exterior and a classic Victorian design, making it a true architectural gem of the Outer Banks.

Climb to the Top

For those seeking a unique perspective of the Outer Banks coastline, a climb to the top of the Currituck Beach Lighthouse is a must. Ascend the 220 steps to the observation deck, where you'll be rewarded with panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, including the Atlantic Ocean, Currituck Sound, and the quaint village of Corolla below. It's a breathtaking view that will definitely leave a lasting impression. The self-guided climb typically takes between 5 and 20 minutes, but feel free to spend as much time as you like! There are 9 landings for viewing and resting.

Explore the Keeper's Quarters

Adjacent to the lighthouse, you'll find the beautifully restored Keeper's Quarters, offering insight into the daily lives of the lighthouse keepers and their families. Step inside to explore exhibits on maritime history, coastal ecology, and the fascinating story of the Currituck Beach Lighthouse itself. Don't forget to visit the gift shop, where you can pick up souvenirs and mementos to commemorate your visit.

Family-Friendly Fun

The Currituck Beach Lighthouse is not just for history buffs – it's also a fantastic destination for families looking for fun and educational activities. Children will love participating in the Junior Keeper program, where they can learn about lighthouse operations and earn a special certificate for completing various tasks. Additionally, the lighthouse grounds offer ample space for picnics, kite flying, and enjoying the coastal breeze. Please note: Children must be at least 4 years old to climb the lighthouse.

Plan Your Visit

Whether you're a history enthusiast, a nature lover, or simply seeking a memorable experience on the Outer Banks, the Currituck Beach Lighthouse is a must-visit destination. Here are some things to know as you plan your visit:

  • Admission and Hours: There is an admission fee to enter the Currituck Beach Lighthouse (cash, checks, and credit cards are accepted), and it operates on a seasonal schedule. Be sure to check the hours of operation before visiting. Admission to the grounds and the museum, as well as parking, are free. Visit the website for up-to-date information.
  • Climbing the Lighthouse: The lighthouse offers a unique opportunity to climb to the top for panoramic views of the Outer Banks. However, be prepared for a strenuous climb of 220 steps.
  • Safety Considerations: Visitors should be in good physical condition to climb the lighthouse stairs. Handrails are provided, but it's essential to take caution, especially with small children or those with mobility issues.
  • Guided Tours: Consider taking a guided tour of the lighthouse to learn more about its fascinating history, including stories of the keepers who tended to the light.
  • Photography: Don't forget your camera! The views from the top of the lighthouse are stunning and make for memorable photographs.
  • Visitor Center and Gift Shop: Explore the adjacent Keeper's Quarters, which now serves as a visitor center and gift shop. Learn about the lighthouse's history and pick up souvenirs to remember your visit.
  • Weather Considerations: Be mindful of the weather conditions, especially if you plan to climb the lighthouse. The stairs may be closed during inclement weather or high winds.

Soak in the stunning views, and immerse yourself in maritime history against the backdrop of Corolla's beautiful coastline. 

A Northern Escape

While the Hatteras Lighthouse is the most often talked about lighthouse in the Outer Banks, northern Corolla's Currituck Beach Lighthouse is it's own historical monument with charm and appeal that's all it's own. It's also conveniently located if you've chosen to spend your vacation in one of the many Corolla vacation rental homes on the sound side of the village. From outdoor adventures to cultural experiences, there are endless things to do in Corolla. Book your dream vacation rental through Outer Banks Blue today!