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- Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
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Before 1875, ships sailing by the North Carolina coast faced an 80-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. Afterward, pick up nautical-themed souvenirs at the gift shop (located in a small house that was probably part of the keeper's residence).
The lighthouse is open from early spring to late November from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and general admission and parking is free. 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.
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