Currituck Beach Lighthouse

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Currituck Beach Lighthouse
Currituck Beach Lighthouse
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1101 Corolla Village Rd

Price & Hours

Hours vary seasonally


Sightseeing, Free Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
  • 5.0Value
  • 3.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Before 1875, ships sailing by the North Carolina coast faced a 40-mile "blind spot" between Bodie Island and Virginia's Cape Henry. Then the Currituck Beach Lighthouse in Corolla was created. To this day, the lighthouse still functions and orients incoming boats. If you have visited other lighthouses, you may notice something a bit different about this one – the exterior was never painted and still maintains its original exposed brick (approximately a million of them!). Today, you can get your heart pumping and climb the 220 steps for gorgeous views of the area from the top, which recent visitors highly recommend for the outstanding photo-ops. Afterward, pick up nautical-themed souvenirs at the gift shop (located in a small house that was probably part of the keeper's residence). If you're visiting during the school year, keep in mind that the lighthouse often hosts school groups on the weekdays, which can crowd the site.

To reach the Currituck Beach Lighthouse, take Route 12 north toward Duck and Corolla. The lighthouse is open from early spring through Thanksgiving weekend from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and general admission and parking is free. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, it stays open until 8 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays. To climb the lighthouse, it's a $10 fee, children ages 7 and younger can climb with an adult for free. The lighthouse also closes during inclement weather for safety reasons. Visit the lighthouse's official website for more information.

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