Currituck Heritage Park
Currituck Heritage Park is your best alternative to the beach on the Outer Banks! Whether you are staying in Corolla or traveling from Hatteras Island, the Parks 39 acres of sound front property has something for everyone to enjoy.
If you are interested in learning more about local history and heritage, you have three options within walking distance in the Park. Visit the Whalehead Club Historic House Museum, the restored private residence of northern industrialist and conservationist, Edward C. Knight Jr. and his bride Marie Louise. This 21,000 sq.ft. home is known for its nature-inspired Art Nouveau architecture and decorative art. It also has a varied history, beginning with its construction in the mid-1920s, through its multi-million dollar restoration at the turn of the 21st century. Don’t tell anyone, but it has its share of paranormal mysteries as well!
Across the boat basin from the Whalehead Club is the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education. Have you ever wondered what lives in the marshes and sounds on the Outer Banks? Wondered how people made a living in the harsh and desolate environment here a century ago? Natural and cultural history can be explored at the Wildlife Center through exhibits and programs for all ages.
The Currituck Beach Lighthouse has stood as a beacon of hope in Corolla since 1875 and is easily seen on the northern most edge of the Park. The climb to the top of the 168’ tower is worth every one of the 214 steps you take to see the view. Exhibits along the way tell the story of the lighthouse and the keepers who have maintained the light for over a century.
Perhaps you just want to enjoy the natural beauty of the Park by remaining outdoors. It’s a great place to walk, ride a bike, fly a kite, fish or crab, view the sunset, have a picnic, launch your kayak or shallow draft watercraft, or just sit and relax. Check out the many events scheduled throughout the year as well. There is always something to enjoy at Currituck Heritage Park!