Currituck Beach Lighthouse – Climb & See the Light in Outer Banks, North Carolina

Currituck Beach Lighthouse – 1101 Corolla Village Rd, Corolla, NC 27927

Ever since she was a kid, Janine has wanted to live in a lighthouse just like Nora & Lampie’s from Walt Disney’s 1977 film, Pete’s Dragon where everyday would be a Brazzle-Dazzle Day. Built of brick & mortar in 1873, Currituck Beach Lighthouse, the Outer Banks’ northernmost lighthouse, has been standing watch over the shores of the Outer Banks for over a century.

We may not be able to move in quite yet, but our most recent vlog takes us to the beautiful historic village of Corolla, North Carolina via our 4+ mile bike ride North through the neighborhoods of Buck Island, Whalehead & Corolla Light, where we visit Historic Corolla Park & Currituck Beach Lighthouse, one of five lighthouses found in the OBX.

Find out over on YouTube whether or not we make it to the top of Currituck Beach Lighthouse:


Some fun facts about this national treasure:

💡 160+ feet high
💡 1 million+ red bricks
💡 220+ steps to the top
💡 18 nautical mile beacon
💡 1 of 5 lighthouses in OBX
💡 first illuminated Dec 1, 1875
💡 weighing in at 6,400,000 pounds
💡 national register of historic places Oct 15, 1973

Inside the winding stairways of Currituck Lighthouse

The Currituck Beach Lighthouse is still in operation today with on-site lighthouse keepers who have two children & a lighthouse dog who watches guard – (Janine: GOALS!)

The Lighthouse is open to the public from mid-March through December annually.  However, during periods of high winds and/or extreme weather, the outside gallery and/or the entire lighthouse tower may be closed to the public for safety reasons.  The cost of admission to enter the lighthouse & climb to the top is $12.00 USD/pp ages 4 & up.  Children 3 and under are free of charge. Visitors should be in good health & ready to climb the 220+ steps to the top.

Learn more about the Currituck Beach Lighthouse at their website: here

Historic Corolla Park is a “must-visit” on your next trip to the Outer Banks thanks to both the Whalehead Club & Currituck Beach Lighthouse. If you get the chance, we highly recommend you dedicate at least one of your mornings in the Outer Banks to exploring this gem.

Read our full Outer Banks, North Carolina Vacation Guide: here

The property’s one-room schoolhouse, seen here behind us, was built in the late 1890s for the Keepers’ children. It was reopened in 2012 as North Carolina’s smallest charter school.

Have you visited the Currituck Beach lighthouse yet? If not, will you be adding this to your OBX bucket list? Let us know in the comments down below!

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