Things to Do in Corolla, North Carolina 

12/20/2023 | by Emily Wells | Outer Banks Attractions and Activities

Pack up the car and get ready for a day trip from Manteo to Corolla, a picturesque town in the Outer Banks! This city is known for its wild horses, stunning beaches, and rich history. This trip to Corolla takes about 1.5 hours, offering scenic views along the way.

Discover more things to do, places to go, and sights to see in the Outer Banks in our complimentary Manteo Vacation Guide!

Morning Activities

As you pull into the town of Corolla, be sure to stop and enjoy a hearty breakfast at First Light. This local café serves up breakfast until 3pm. Get the homemade biscuits and gravy and soak up the small-town charm.

When you’re all energized and happy, embark on a guided tour to see Corolla’s famous wild horses! Book a tour online in advance with Corolla Wild Horse Tours and a professional will navigate the beach while you observe these majestic animals roaming freely along the beaches.

Afternoon Exploration

Seeing all those horses will work up an appetite, and before you know it – it’s time for lunch. Head over to the cheerful Uncle Ike’s Sandbar and Grill for their Hatteras Chowder and delicious crabcakes.

If you’re feeling adventurous, why not take a drive on the beach! It’s one of the more unique activities in this area. Check out the website for local regulations and conditions for beach driving.

For a dose of history and breathtaking views, visit the Currituck Beach Lighthouse. Discover more about the area’s origins at the Whalehead Club, a historic 1920s mansion.

More Time in Nature

To learn more about the animals native to Corolla, check out the Corolla Wildlife Education Center. Get the facts about the region’s diverse wildlife, including the wild horses, sea turtles, and migratory birds!

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