The Currituck Beach Lighthouse has been a guiding light in Corolla, North Carolina for 140 years.
It’s located between the Cape Henry Lighthouse of Virginia Beach, Virginia and the Bodie Island Lighthouse of Nags Head, North Carolina, in the Outer Banks region. Corolla itself is a coastal town, so it’s perfect for those wanting to feel the squish of sand between their toes, sunbathe on the beach, or take a dip in the Atlantic. But for those seeking history and a bit of adventure, The Currituck Lighthouse provides just that.
It’s 158 feet to the top of the lighthouse, or 220 steps up a winding staircase. Because of this, and the fact that wait times can be lengthy, it is recommended that you wear shoes that are comfortable and easy to climb in.
While going up you should be sure to spend time checking out the museum exhibit at the base and landings of the stairs, as they contain nuggets of history about the keepers of the lighthouse, the story of the lighthouse, and information about the Fresnel Lens.
Once at the top you can expect to get an up close glimpse of the Fresnel lens that makes the light house shine and you can expect to see excellent views of the Atlantic Ocean, the Currituck Heritage Park, the Whalehead Club, and the Currituck Sound. This would be the perfect opportunity for scenic pictures, so don’t forget to bring a camera! When you come back down, don’t leave without stopping by the museum store for souvenirs.
The Lighthouse is open for climbing from March 21st until December 1st. During this time the grounds and lighthouse are open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. However on Wednesday and Thursday the hours of operation are from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. The Currituck Lighthouse is closed on Thanksgiving Day and is not operational during winter months due to repairs and upkeep.
Spring, summer, and fall are all excellent seasons to visit the lighthouse, however, when planning a visit it might be helpful to check the weather forecast, because you may be prohibited from climbing the lighthouse in the cases of inclement weather such as lightning, high wind, and thunderstorms.
Parking and admission is free, however, there is a $10 fee to climb the Currituck Lighthouse. Children under 7 years old who are climbing with an adult may enter for free.
This attraction is not handicap accessible. You will be asked to sign a liability waiver before climbing due to the fact that the tower was built before modern building codes. Children under 12 may not climb the tower without being accompanied by an adult and children 13 to 17 years old must have a parent or guardian sign a liability waiver for them before they may climb unattended.
This is a great vacation spot for families and individuals alike. This location has something to offer everyone, whether you are looking to soak up rays at the beach, explore a century old light house, or enjoy the hidden treasures of the coast. Currituck welcomes you!