The main attraction in Corolla is the oceanfront – miles and miles of wide, open beaches that are lined with single-family vacation rental homes. The “4-wheel drive” area, which begins where the road ends, is open to visitors who want to explore on their own or take advantage of one of the many guided tours available in the area.
The Currituck Beach Lighthouse stands 158 feet tall. The beautiful bare brick beacon was built to fill the last remaining “dark spot” of the NC coast between Bodie Island and Cape Henry, VA. Views from the top of the lighthouse are breathtaking and not to be missed.
The Whalehead Club. Built in October of 1922 by Northern Industrialist Edward Collings Knight, Jr. and his bride Marie Louise LeBel, the Whalehead Club was originally a 21,000 sq.ft. private residence. Its location on the Currituck Sound and the Atlantic Flyway was perfect to satisfy the Knight’s passion for waterfowl hunting. It has withstood hurricanes and nor’easters, witnessed a series of owners, and entertained hundreds of visitors from 1925 to 1970. In 1992, Currituck County purchased the badly deteriorated Whalehead Club in the interest of historic preservation. Today, the Whalehead Club is an intricate part of Currituck Heritage Park. Situated on 39 acres of sound front property, the public is invited to tour this newly restored “jewel by the sea”.
The newest attraction at Currituck Heritage Park is the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education. The center, which opened in 2006, is an impressive and marvelous 22,000 square foot interpretive center for young and old alike to explore the history and vast diversity of North Carolina’s wildlife.