Corolla Activities

Outer Banks / Corolla

Best Activities in Corolla

When we think of Corolla we think of wild horses, glorious sunrises, amazing sunsets, and a beautiful landscape nestled between the sound and the sea. These attributes lend vacationers and locals one-of-a-kind activity opportunities to experience all that Corolla has to offer. Guided tours lead you to hidden gems, exhilarating watersports are just waiting for the adventurous at heart, and other activities, such as yoga classes and fishing trips allow you to tailor-make an unforgettable experience during your next Corolla vacation.

Best Tours and Adventures

Have you ever driven down the beach in an open-air safari vehicle next to wild Spanish Mustangs playing in the surf? Or soared high above the ocean on a parasail? What about finally trying your hand at surfing lessons, to find out what it feels like to fly across the ocean on nothing but a board? Well, these are just a few possibilities for you to turn into realities during your stay in Corolla, as teachers and tour guides are waiting and eager to share their passion and this beautiful place with you during your stay here.


Back Country Safari Tours

A premier choice for 4x4 and segway adventure tours, Back Country Safari Tours offers off-road eco-excursions by way of sport utility vehicle, segway or kayak. Located in the Corolla Light Town Center, these guys will help you explore the Outer Banks in a whole new way.

Back Beach Wild Horse Tours

Providing safe, family fun to see the wild horses of the Outer Banks, the guides of Back Beach Wild Horse Tours will teach you about the history, wildlife and vegetation in an entertaining way while cruising in an open-air safari-style vehicle.

Bob’s Wild Horse Tours

Offering guided tours to see the wild horses of Corolla in an open-air safari-style truck, while viewing the beautiful Outer Banks landscape, other wildlife, and hearing about famous Outer Banks folklore and tradition, Bob’s Wild Horse Tours is one of the many entertaining horse tours available on the Outer Banks.

Coastal Explorations

Connect with your family and friends while experiencing the culture and beauty of the Outer Banks like never before! Head out in a kayak, crab boat, or paddle board in the heart of Historic Corolla Village and let the professionals guide you through the interesting ecology and spectacular scenery found on the OBX.

Coastal Kayak Touring Company

Explore the miles of secluded water trails through the marshland between Duck and Corolla with the kayak guides at Coastal Kayak Touring Company. As partners with the National Audubon Society, they are able to provide an exclusive tour of one of the Outer Banks least traveled and most sought-after wildlife sanctuaries. Crabbing and fishing charters, dolphin watch cruises, parasailing, waverunners, kayak rentals, stand up paddle board rentals are also available.

Corolla Jeep Adventures

With a full fleet of kayaks and 4x4s, Corolla Jeep Adventures offers wild horse tours, safari truck rides, and even the option to drive one of their Jeeps yourself to create the touring adventure that is right for you!

Corolla Kiteboarding

Kiteboarding lessons and classes taught in the shallow waters of the Currituck Sound, with the beautiful Historic Whalehead and Currituck Lighthouse as the backdrop. From beginner to advanced, Corolla kiteboarding has the gear, experience and expertise to get you where you want to go!

Corolla Outback Adventures

Since 1962, Corolla Outback Adventures have offered off-road four-wheel drive tours, teaching visitors and natives alike about the fragile ecosystem and local folklore. Located next to the Corolla post office, Corolla Outback Adventures will take you on a ride through the wild horse sanctuary guided by seasoned veterans.

Corolla Parasail

Experience panoramic views of Corolla, Duck, the Currituck Sound and the Atlantic Ocean flying solo, with a friend, or as a triple flight high above the Outer Banks in an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind adventure.

Corolla Wild Horse Fund Tours

Slightly different than the other horse tours on the Outer Banks, the Corolla Wild Horse Fund Tours are based on the horses in their natural habitat and also a look into the daily lives of the people who protect and care for them as well. With various tour options to choose from, all proceeds come back to benefit the wild horses of the Outer Banks.

Corolla Wild Horse Tours

Led by knowledgeable guides that have been certified by the Corolla Wild Horse Fund, Corolla Wild Horse Tours guarantees you will see the wild horses of the 4x4 Beaches of the Outer Banks along the 25-mile, two hour trip of off-road cruising and educational exploration.

Corolla Surf Shop

Located in the Monterey Shopping Plaza, Corolla Surf Shop has brought surf lessons to locals and visitors for all skill levels and ages for the past 20 years!

Wild Horse Adventure Tours

Set out to find Corolla's Wild Spanish Mustangs through three different ecosystems on an open-air Hummer tour through the Carova “outback.”

Ketch Surf Lessons

Experience the fun and delight of surfing the Outer Banks with Ketch Surf Lessons & Rentals. Give them a call and they will come to where you are on the Outer Banks, from anywhere in Corolla all the way down to Ocracoke.

Best Golfing

One might not think that there is much golfing going on at the beach, but one should think again. The Outer Banks boasts a handful of gorgeous courses, set in an unparalleled backdrop for the golfing enthusiast in your group to get to do what they love while on their Outer Banks vacation. One of these amazing courses just so happens to be situated right in the heart of Corolla.


The Currituck Club

Championship Outer Banks golf course designed by award-winning course designer Rees Jones. Ideally situated on the Currituck Sound, this course is one you won’t want to miss during your next Outer Banks vacation.

Best Recreation and Leisure

Whether the kids have a need for speed, and you’re willing to strap them into bumper cars and let them go at it, or you’re looking to maintain your daily yoga practice or to try a class out for the first time, now is your chance. While the nearby towns of Duck, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head boast numerous recreational options, here are a couple unique ideas right in Corolla to try out one afternoon during your next Corolla vacation.


Timbuck II

Fun for the whole family, Timbuck II in Corolla offers great options in family recreation including bumper cars, an Indy­Kart racetrack and an 18­-hole miniature golf course!

Village Yoga

From beginner to advanced practices, Village Yoga offers studio and private yoga classes in the serenity of your Twiddy and Company vacation rental, private home, and even out on the beautiful beaches of the Outer Banks. Their well-trained and knowledgeable instructors teach in a nurturing and relaxing environment that meets the needs of all levels of yoga practice for both visitors and local residents alike.

Best Fishing

No matter if you’re surf fishing along the coastline, cruising around the sound in your personal boat or charter, fishing offshore or casting a line right off of one of the area’s many wonderful fishing piers, one thing is for sure...the Outer Banks is a fisherman’s haven, and knowledgeable bait and tackle shop owners, pier workers, boat captains and more are happy to share with you their stories, tips and adventures if you are open to try your hand at fishing the Outer Banks during your next vacation. Here are a couple of shops in Corolla to check out for everything you need and to get you on your way to a day of successful Outer Banks fishing.


Corolla Bait & Tackle

Fishing fun for the whole family! Friendly, local knowledge, rod and reel rentals, crabbing supplies and rentals and charter fishing trips. Located next to the Inn at Corolla Light and the Harris Teeter Shopping Center.

Best Corolla Attractions

Climb a ropes course at the largest aerial adventure park on the Outer Banks, discover the wild horses roaming the beaches freely, climb to the top of a lighthouse for a breathtaking 365-degree view from the sound to the sea, and take a step back in time at one of the most famous, impressive, and historical homes on the Outer Banks, all without leaving Corolla. Here is a list of the must-see attractions you won’t want to miss while vacationing in one of Twiddy and Company’s beautiful Corolla vacation rentals.


Corolla Wild Horses

One of the most popular “attractions” on the Outer Banks are the wild Spanish Mustangs that naturally inhabit the northern beaches. Take one of the many horse tours or enjoy the 4x4 beaches in your own personal vehicle in hopes of catching a glimpse of these beauties. Be sure to maintain a safe distance and follow the rules of the Corolla Wild Horse Fund when in close proximity to the animals.

Corolla Wild Horse Fund Museum

Located in Historic Corolla Village, the Corolla Wild Horse Fund is an operating, interactive wild horse museum and store that welcomes visitors year-round to learn about the wild Spanish Mustangs that inhabit the beaches of the Outer Banks, brought to you by the people who are dedicated to protecting them the most.

Corolla Adventure Park

Located ½ mile north of the Currituck Lighthouse, the Corolla Adventure Park opened in the summer of 2016 after the success of its sister park in Nags Head and is now the largest aerial adventure park on the Outer Banks!

Currituck Beach Lighthouse

Restored by Outer Banks conservationists in 1991, the Currituck Beach Lighthouse was built in 1875 and is one of the few lighthouses in North Carolina that are open to the public for climbing. Located right in the heart of Historic Corolla Village, the red-brick lighthouse provides climbers with a panoramic view from sound to sea, lending a spectacular perspective of the delicate barrier islands that make up the Outer Banks.

Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education

With more than 250 decoys, an exhibit gallery, an 8,400-gallon aquarium, gift shop, daily tours and free admission, the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education is an excellent place to bring the entire family to combine education, local history & excitement in one local attraction! The center offers educational programs for all ages (reservations required) including birding, kayaking, decoy carving, fishing, nature walks and beach exploration.

Whalehead in Historic Corolla

The perfect place to catch a sunset, launch your boat, let your kids run around or have a wedding, Whalehead in Historic Corolla provides a backdrop like none you’ve ever seen! Built in the 1920s, this stately soundfront estate, situated at the base of the Currituck Lighthouse, has served as a private vacation residence, a boys' school and an army training base. Today, it is open for daily tours and is the location of many of the wonderful events and activities held here on the Outer Banks.