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Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, Corolla

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See the 1875 Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum, an example of Gothic Revival architecture in the form of a 46 m (150 ft) tall observational tower. Climb the 220 steps of its winding staircase to get a panoramic view of the Currituck Sound, the ocean, and the historical Corolla Village. Check out the lighthouse-related souvenirs, such as T-shirts, magnets, and ornaments at the museum shop. Keep in mind the lighthouse is closed during times of strong winds and thunderstorms. The site has free parking. Arrange to visit Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Museum and other attractions in Corolla using our Corolla vacation builder site.
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  • Gorgeous location and you can't beat the views from the top. There are also cute shops around to browse through. Highly recommend! 
    Gorgeous location and you can't beat the views from the top. There are also cute shops around to browse through. Highly recommend!  more »
  • Brilliant space. Friendly staff. Visited August 2022 with friends and their Kids (Age 8 and 10). It’s a fab space, very special heritage. The queue (or Line-up) in the summer forms early (around 10am....  more
    Brilliant space. Friendly staff. Visited August 2022 with friends and their Kids (Age 8 and 10). It’s a fab space, very special heritage. The queue (or Line-up) in the summer forms early (around 10am....  more »
  • its in a park on the sound sourred by a village with all sorts of things to do. the new mariners museum is reel Kool. And air condoned. 
    its in a park on the sound sourred by a village with all sorts of things to do. the new mariners museum is reel Kool. And air condoned.  more »
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  • Whoever the older gentleman was at the beginning of the tour was, was awesome. I believe he is a retired school teacher. The young girl at the counter was very nice as well. The woman in the gift shop was very funny and kind. Great place to see. Loved the climb. We went early in the morning right as it was opening so it wasn't too hot. Great experience.
  • This is currently the only lighthouse on the outer banks you can walk up to and climb without a reservation. Actually you cant make advanced reservations at all. The hardest part is actually getting to the lighthouse as it is on the most northern end of the outer banks as traffic can build up in Duck during the tourist season (Summer). To avoid the traffic mess I recommend coming up early in the morning (Like before 8am). Don't try to take an alternative way as traffic backs up on the neighborhood streets as well. Choosing the wrong time to visit can increase your drive time up to an hour. Use google maps to best judge traffic build up. The lighthouse itself is easy to climb with landings to stop on and rest. The building is well ventilated with fans on most landings during hot weather. The staff is friendly. A museum shop is located next to the lighthouse and has some nice items for sale. Parking maybe hard to find during busy times. There are lots of other things to do in the area including visiting other historical buildings or seeing the Currituck Maritime Museum at the base of the lighthouse.
  • It was a blast from start to finish! At the admissions area, I discovered not just my birthday twin as to date, but same year! This lighthouse still has its original Fresnel lens! The climb up is a 200+ step spiral staircase. It gets pretty hot in there and we were very thankful for the fans we reached occasionally. ❤️ The view is amazing! We were fortunate that my "twin" came up while we were there and he provided SO much information. He also cautioned us when I mentioned wanting to kayak to the small island we could see from the top. Apparently it has only been occupied by snakes and monkeys. I wouldn't think this would be a good choice for anyone who cannot make the climb fairly easily. Small children (3 and under) are free but must be in a carrier on the staircase. Not a great fit anyone who has any problem with heights either.
  • Very cool building. Fans are placed on almost every landing to cool you down from the NC heat. Top of the lighthouse has a nice rewarding breeze and view. I give it 4 stars as we had to wait in line for around an hour before being able to enter. Make sure to dress lightly!
  • Currituck lighthouse is another beautiful and historic lighthouse of the Outer Banks, NC. This lighthouse is easily accessible and available to climb to the top for a fee of $12. Been here several times and the lighthouse still awes me. The brick/color is unique. The lighthouse is nestled in a large area for sightseeing. There are restrooms available nearby. There is plenty of parking and there is even air refill stations for anyone coming off the beach in their 4×4 vehicles, which is free. Take time to enjoy this amazing structure.

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