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Corolla Things To Do

Looking for something to do beyond the beach? Corolla’s recreation scene tends to focus mostly on beautiful Mother Nature, as any respectable Outer Banks things to do should. One of the most popular Corolla things to do is to take a tour to see the Corolla wild horses. Another top Corolla recreation is going on a kayak outing to see the natural wonders of this area from a backwaters perspective—it’s quiet and unhurried and settles the soul. As with all Outer Banks recreation, fishing is huge here, so much so that you’ll see an entire section devoted to that addictive activity.

But if you have your shoes all laced up and are ready for some real action, Corolla’s things to do offer first-rate tennis courts and a fitness center, screaming go-carts, an 18-hole links course, a climbing wall, Segway tours, putt putt golf courses and hikes in a nearby nature sanctuary or just along some of Corolla’s village lanes.

It can be debated whether the premier Outer Banks thing to do is surfing or nightlife (though some would argue it’s actually shopping), but either persuasion is sufficiently supported here. Surf shops provide advise, lessons and gear. And, while Corolla’s nightlife scene isn’t as multi-faceted as that found a bit farther south, you can definitely relax with the perfect martini and live tunes.

Back Beach Wild Horse Tours

1159-H Austin Street
Corolla
(252) 453-6141

Bob White is a legend among the horse-sighting enthusiasts, and his trained staff has been offering tours since 1996 with a great reputation for being entertaining and informative. Bob’s tours last two hours and incorporate quite a bit of local history to complement the sightseeing. Your guide will take you on a tour past Whalehead, the Corolla Lighthouse and Corolla Village, showering you with some interesting lore. Then it’s up to the four-wheel-drive area where you’ll see the Corolla wild horses grazing in their natural habitat. Bob’s tours are given in safari style, open-air vehicles — for a one of a kind experience! They can accommodate large groups up to 15 people. Call for details and reservations. All tours have a money back guarantee if you don’t see the horses (restrictions apply).

Back Country 4x4 & Kayak Safari

Corolla Light Town Center
Corolla
(252) 453-0877

Some of the best wildlife viewing and paddling on the Outer Banks is in the remote northern waterways of the Currituck Sound near the Virginia border. Back Country’s unique 4x4 & Kayak Safari carries small groups and families by custom open-air Safari Cruisers through 30 miles of off-road beach, dune and sand trail to paddle from the private Spanish Mustang Preserve where they have exclusive access. The waters here are protected from wind and current, and the tandem kayaks are super stable. Naturalist guides, who are also your kayak instructors, will explain Outer Banks ecology and point out local wildlife. In an effort to preserve this unspoiled habitat, Back Country limits space to just 10 people. Two distinct tours are available. Each tour is 3-plus hours and is the best of both worlds, an off-road 4x4 Safari excursion and a kayak tour. Tours are available for beginner or intermediate paddlers. Reservations are required.

Back Country Segway Safari

Corolla Light Town Center
Corolla
(252) 453-0877

The Segway looks like so much fun that when you see people gliding around Corolla on them, you’ll want to try one too! The Segway is a two-wheeled electric vehicle that’s a blast to ride! It’s so easy it seems the Segway was made just for you. At Back Country Segway Safari, located at the Corolla Light Town Center in Corolla, you can choose a gliding tour of historic Corolla Village, or for maximum fun take an open-air Safari Beach Cruiser up 10 miles of beach and experience the world’s first off-road Segway trail ride. Reservations are required. 

Back Country Wild Horse Safari

Corolla Light Town Center
Corolla
(252) 453-0877

Scott Trabue’s Wild Horse Safari is an off-road eco-adventure that will deliver you and your family directly to the wild Spanish Mustangs that have thrived on the northern Outer Banks for nearly 500 years. Your naturalist guide will carry you in custom open-air Safari Cruisers through 30 miles of beaches, dune and back country sand lanes to discover the Outer Banks’ unique wildlife. Shore life including pelicans, dolphins and osprey are almost always present. You will hear stories about the Ghost Fleet and Outer Banks maritime history and learn about the mysterious petrified forest. Back Country Outfitters has exclusive access to the Spanish Mustang Preserve, where sightings of these regal wild horses is guaranteed, while your tour guide explains their Spanish Colonial heritage and the local preservation efforts. Reservations are required.

Bob’s Wild Horse Tours

817 B Ocean Trail
Highway 12
Corolla
(252) 453-8602

Bob White is a legend among the horse-sighting enthusiasts, and his trained staff has been offering tours since 1996 with a great reputation for being entertaining and informative. Bob’s tours last two hours and incorporate quite a bit of local history to complement the sightseeing. At the beginning, your guide will take you past Whalehead and the lighthouse and by Corolla Village, showering you with some interesting lore. Then it’s up to the four-wheel-drive area, where you’ll see the horses grazing in their natural habitat. Bob’s tours are given in safari style open-air vehicles — for a one of a kind experience! — they can accommodate large groups up to 15 people. Call for details and reservations. All tours have a money back guarantee if you don’t see the horses (restrictions apply).

Coastal Explorations

1118 Corolla Village Lane
Historic Corolla Village
Corolla
(252) 453-9872

Coastal Explorations is a small, adventure-oriented touring company in Corolla. Their guides are friendly and outgoing and have the skill and knowledge to keep you entertained and informed. Whether it’s kayak or SUP rentals, kayak tours, boat tours or crabbing trips, they’ll get you out on the water and having fun!

Corolla Bait and Tackle

1070 Ocean Trail
Corolla
(252) 453-9500
603 Currituck Drive
The Shoppes at the Currituck Club
Corolla
(252) 453-9500
(252) 453-9690

Keith Cummings, owner of Corolla Bait and Tackle, goes beyond the call of duty when it comes to sharing his fishing knowledge. Everyone who comes through the door gets fishing instruction. This full-service tackle shop sells every major brand of tackle for fresh and salt water plus gear, fresh bait, crabbing supplies, ice and more. The advice is free. Corolla Bait and Tackle rents rods, reels and crab pots. Surf fishing classes are offered as well. See Outer Banks Charter Fishing Adventures for guided fishing opportunities.

Corolla Parasail

798 Sunset Boulevard
At Kitty Hawk Watersports of Corolla, behind TimBuck II
Corolla
(252) 453-6900

Have you ever dreamed of flying high above the Outer Banks with only the sound of the wind in your ears? It's an amazing way to see the ocean, sound and sights below. Corolla Parasail can take up to three people at a time into the air for this exciting adventure. You begin and end your flight from the same seat on the back deck of their boat. The Captain and First Mate get you all set, then all you have to do is enjoy the ride. Their 12-passenger boats allow your friends and family to join you in the fun. No experience is necessary!

Corolla Raceway

796 Sunset Boulevard
Timbuck II Shopping Village
Corolla
(252) 453-9100

The Corolla Raceway features one large track running single, double and junior go carts. For the tamer ones in your crowd, there are freestanding, gas-powered bumper cars. The on-site arcade is a hit with the kids. The ospreys in the nest overlooking the track are a hit with everyone. The Raceway is open Easter through the beginning of October.

Corolla Wild Horse Museum

1129 Corolla Village Road
Corolla
(252) 453-8002

Housed within a historic home in Corolla Village, the free Corolla Wild Horse Fund museum shares the wonderful history and legacy of the Colonial Spanish Mustangs. Descendants of Spanish Mustangs brought to our island nearly 500 years ago, they are a hardy and majestic breed that is teetering on the brink of extinction. At the museum the whole family can learn more from their knowledgeable staff, photography and historical information. Donations are accepted and encouraged.

Here are some special events for the summer:
Paint your own wild Colonial Spanish Mustang! The Corolla Wild Horse Fund sponsors horse painting for kids every Tuesday and Thursday, from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Paint, brushes and smocks are provided, and kids of all ages can join in the fun. Artists can choose from large wooden horses attached to posts that stay up all week for visitors to admire or smaller wooden horse cut-outs to go and paint later. All proceeds benefit the wild horses.

On Fridays, weather permitting, a gentled Colonial Spanish Mustang is ready to meet and greet your family at the Wild Horse Museum from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Corolla Wild Horse Fund staff and trained volunteers provide fascinating information about the history of wild horses and how YOU can help save this heritage breed. Petting is encouraged!

Take the Trip of a Lifetime to see the wild horses, riding with the experts in charge of the actual management and care of the wild herd. All funds raised go right back into the care and protection of the wild horses. Prices are $20 for children and $45 for adults. Please call for reservations or book your trip at www.corollawildhorses.com

On Wednesdays, at their second location at Scarborough Faire Shopping Village in Duck, ride a gentled Colonial Spanish Mustang around the ring while raising awareness and funds to help this critically endangered breed. Rides are offered from 2 to 5 p.m. in conjunction with other Faire Days festivities including live music and kids crafts.

While a lot of the fun programming happens during the summer, the Corolla Wild Horse Fund is open all year, so please stop by to visit and become a member.

Corolla Wild Horse Tours

1210 Ocean Trail
Corolla
(252) 207-0511

Corolla Wild Horse Tours has been guiding tours to Corolla’s horse country — the four-wheel-drive-only beaches north of Corolla — since 1996. With these experienced and knowledgeable guides, you can sit back and enjoy a comfortable, family-oriented tour. This company uses 15-passenger open-air safari-style trucks that are safe for any age, including kids in car seats. Along the trip, your guide will tell you about the history of Corolla and the horses as well as point out all the wonders of nature. The guides have been certified by the Corolla Wild Horse Fund and have a reputation of being quite entertaining. The two-hour tours, which cover about 25 miles of off-road area, run all day long until sunset.

Hummer Adventure Tours

610 Clubhouse Drive
Shoppes at Currituck Club
Corolla
(252) 489-4878

See the wild horses of the Outer Banks and whip through beach, dune and forest trails with Humvee Adventure Tours. The 13-passenger, open-air Humvee has been upgraded and customized to offer the safest and most comfortable ride possible. With the recent purchase of land in 2014, Humvee Adventure Tours can now venture into three distinct ecosystems that are teeming with an abundance of wildlife, providing an exciting ride through a maritime forest and high sand and dune trails with views of the protected marshlands. Inaccessible by most off-road vehicles, the Humvee can take you where no other vehicle can. You’ll see wild horses (money back guarantee!), and you will also explore some of the most beautiful, wild beach environments on the East Coast.

Island Revolution Surf Co. and Skatepark

1159 Austin Street
Corolla Light Town Center
Corolla
(252) 453-9484

Shop here for surf and skate threads, equipment and accessories. Island Revolution has a full line of surfboards and skateboards. They also have accessories and clothing for men and women from O’Neill, Billabong, Dakine, Analog, RVCA, Volcom, Roxy, Reef and Sanuk, plus a great selection of killer shades from Arnette, Dragon, Von Zipper, Electric and more. They also offer boards from Rusty, JS Industries, Victoria and others! Ask about surf and kiteboarding lessons, and check out surf videos on their plasma TVs while you shop. You can purchase passes to the concrete skatepark here, and in the summer skate clinics are available for $30 for a 90-minute session from 10:30 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday in season. Plus you can skate for free on Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. See Things to Do for more about the Corolla Skatepark and surf lessons.

Just For the Beach Rentals

1006 S. Virginia Dare Trail
The Beach Road, MP 9
Kill Devil Hills
(252) 441-9480
501 Old Stoney Road
Corolla
(252) 453-9388
(252) 441-6048
(866) 629-7368

Want to plan your own kayak tour? Just for the Beach Rentals has kayaks available for rent, the sit-on-top style, for single, double or triple paddlers. Or, if you want to leave your car behind, you can make like a local and pedal around town on one of their comfortable beach cruisers (bikes are available for all ages). Didn’t realize there would be great tennis courts in the area? If you didn’t pack your racket, you can rent one at Just for the Beach. Beach volleyball sets are also available as well as beach chairs and umbrellas. And, if getting in the water is more your thing, they also rent surfboards known as soft-tops, which are ideal for beginning surfers. Surfboard rentals are $20 a day or $60 a week. They also have body and skim boards for rent for $10 a day or $20 a week. Standup paddleboards are the most recent addition to their offerings and rent for $50 a day or $150 a week. Just for the Beach can deliver everything to you.

Kitty Hawk Kites

785L Sunset Boulevard
TimBuck II Shopping Village
Corolla
(252) 453-8845
819 Ocean Trail
Monteray Plaza
Corolla
(252) 453-3685
1216 Duck Road
Wee Winks Square
Duck
(252) 261-4450
3933 N. Croatan Highway
The Bypass, MP 12.5
Nags Head
(252) 449-2210
307 Queen Elizabeth Street
Manteo
(252) 473-2357
24505 N.C. Highway 12
Waves Village
Rodanthe
(252) 987-2297
39432 N.C. Highway 12
Island Shops
Avon
(252) 995-6060
5848 Hatteras Landing
Hatteras Village
(252) 986-1446
(877) 359-8447

Kitty Hawk Kites specializes in kites, from the single-lines for kids to high-tech stunt varieties. The stores also sell fun things like flags, toys, boomerangs and games. You’ll find the Outer Banks’ largest selection of beach sportswear and footwear from Crocs, Sanuk, Chaco, Southern Fried and Life Is Good apparel, the coolest selection of T-shirts, sweatshirts, outdoor clothing, sunglasses, sandals and more. KHK stores also offer toys and gifts that you won’t find anywhere else on the Outer Banks. Kitty Hawk Kites has 13 locations from Corolla to Ocracoke. 

One of the Outer Banks’ foremost recreation outfitters, Kitty Hawk Kites offers more than 20 adventure activities, including hang gliding, kayak and SUP tours and rentals, dolphin tours, parasailing, Jet skis and more. And in Rodanthe, the Waves Village Watersports Resort is where you can take a kiteboarding lesson, buy and rent kiteboarding gear, rent a kayak or standup paddleboard.

Kitty Hawk Surf Co.

819 Ocean Trail
Monteray Plaza
Corolla
(252) 453-3685
785L Sunset Boulevard
TimBuck II Shopping Village
Corolla
(252) 453-4999
1216 Duck Road
Wee Winks Square
Duck
(252) 261-8787
3933 S. Croatan Highway
The Bypass, MP 12.5
Nags Head
(252) 441-6800
24502 N.C. Highway 12
Waves Village
Rodanthe
(252) 987-2297

Ready for some action? Kitty Hawk Surf Co. has everything you need to enjoy all the Outer Banks has to offer – from the wind to waves to flat water. At Kitty Hawk Surf Co. you can find a huge selection of new and used kayaks, kayaking equipment, standup paddleboards, surfboards, Zap skim boards, wetsuits and more. You can also find one of the best selections of surfwear, sportswear and footwear brands, including Quiksilver, Billabong, Volcom, Roxy, Reef, Patagonia, The North Face, Sanuk, OluKai and many others. Kitty Hawk Surf Co. can also help you out with surf, skim, kayak and standup paddleboard gear and instruction.

North Beach Watersports

1066 Ocean Trail
Behind the Inn at Corolla
Corolla
(252) 455-9977
(252) 597-1928

As the friendly folks at North Beach Watersports like to say, "So much fun, so little time!" This is the place for watersport enthusiasts in Corolla. From the thrill of speeding around on a Waverunner or soaring high above the Outer Banks on a parasail, or the connection with nature as you kayak or glide across the water on a standup paddleboard, this place has it all. Want to experience some of the most fun in the water you've ever had? Then try tubing, where up to four people are pulled behind the tow boat on an over-sized tube. It's exhilarating, and your face will hurt from all the laughing. If you're in for something a bit quieter, you can rent one of their pontoon boats and bring up to 13 of your friends out for fishing or sightseeing. Or, end your day with a sunset cruise of Currituck Sound, either captained or on your own. Choose your fun -- why not try it all?

Ocean Atlantic Rentals

103 Austin Street
Corolla Light Town Center
Corolla
(252) 453-2440
1149 Duck Road
Duck
(252) 261-4346
2001 S. Croatan Highway
The Bypass, MP 9.75
Kill Devil Hills
(252) 441-7823
40809 N.C. Highway 12
Avon
(252) 995-5868

If you want to rent kayaks to do some exploring on your own, Ocean Atlantic Rentals will bring them to you. You can rent kayaks for exploring the sound or riding the ocean waves.

And, when visiting many areas of the Outer Banks, you’ll need your car from time to time to get to the grocery store or between shopping centers. Otherwise, ditch the car and pedal everywhere you go. They rent single-speed beach cruisers, kids’ and BMX bikes, Kiddie Kart trailers and trikes for the little ones, plus you can get helmets and gear for the entire family. Pick up your bikes here or have them delivered to your door. 

And if that’s not enough, Ocean Atlantic Rentals also has all the equipment you need for surfing, bodyboarding or skimboarding. They even have swim fins, which are great for bodyboarding. If the water is chilly when you’re here, they rent wetsuits to keep you warm while you tackle the waves. Ocean Atlantic Rentals delivers this type of gear too!

This is also a full-service rental company for any big item you might not have wanted to cart from home such as cribs, strollers, beach chairs, umbrellas and more. In addition to delivering your beach items to your vacation cottage, Ocean Atlantic Rentals now offers a daily setup and breakdown service for your beach chairs and umbrellas while at your oceanfront rental cottage. Their service includes free delivery and pickup to your beach cottage plus full service, daily setup and breakdown of your chairs and umbrellas (which stay at your cottage during the rental period). They can even text message you when your items are ready to use! 

Outer Banks Jeep

3000 N. Croatan Highway
The Bypass, MP 5.5
Kill Devil Hills
(252) 441-1146 x855

Much of the Outer Banks can be reached without ever leaving the pavement. But if you want to see the descendants of shipwrecked Spanish mustangs or visit the sparsely developed and substantially less populated northern beaches of Corolla and beyond, you’ll need a 4-wheel-drive vehicle to get there. Outer Banks Jeep, conveniently located at Outer Banks Chrysler Dodge Jeep at milepost 5.5 on The Bypass in Kill Devil Hills, offers everything necessary to be your off-road headquarters during your Outer Banks stay. Open seven days a week during the in-season, they feature a variety of family-friendly 4-wheel-drive Jeep Wranglers for exploring the unpaved areas of the Outer Banks. Leave the beaten path behind and try something new. Embark on your own Outer Banks nature adventure and see these beautiful barrier islands in an entirely new way. Whether your goal is to see the wild horses of Corolla, visit a home in Carova or simply enjoy a picnic lunch on a pristine beach, Outer Banks Jeeps has the vehicle to get you safely there and back again.

Outer Banks Restaurant Tours

Various meeting places in Kitty Hawk, Duck and Corolla
Kitty Hawk
(252) 722-2229

Outer Banks Restaurant Tours provides walking and driving tours of restaurants in three locations on the Outer Banks. On each tour, chefs and owners greet you, talk to you about their background, their restaurant, their food and their passions and give you a behind-the-scenes look at their restaurant. You are treated to delectable samples of signature dishes, paired with wine, beer or a mixed drink. Along the way, you’re also likely to learn a little history about the Outer Banks and local food sourcing and get a few wine or beer tasting tips. The best thing about these tours is that for the price of one dinner out, you are able to sample the cuisine at multiple restaurants in one afternoon. What better way to find the best places to eat if you are a new visitor to the area? You can enjoy tours to Duck, which is a walking tour, and the Corolla and the Kitty Hawk/Kill Devil Hills driving tours where you're driven in their company vehicle. Outer Banks Restaurant Tours also offers a Brews and Bites Tour on Wednesdays and a Winery Tour on Thursdays. Back by popular demand in 2015 is a BBQ class: Secrets of a BBQ Master! Tours start the week of May 18, 2015, and run through the end of September 2015. Reservations are required.

Wild Horse Adventure Tours

610 Currituck Clubhouse Road
Corolla
(252) 489-2020 x800

There was a time when you could look out your rental cottage window and see wild horses traveling in herds and maybe eating your grass. But, for the good of the horses, that is no longer so. The wild horses were relocated to the four-wheel-drive area north of Corolla, so you must have an off-road vehicle if you want to see them. Wild Horse Adventure Tours can be your guide! They have two ways to get you into horse country. First is an enclosed 4x4 mini coach with A/C driven by one of their seasoned guides, the second is in a custom open-top vehicle also driven by one of their guides.The guides at Wild Horse Adventure Tours know exactly where to look for the horses, they know how to drive in the sand and they know a lot about the history of the area, making for a much more enlightening trip on your part. They’ll also point out snakes, shore birds, plants and interesting natural aspects of this ocean-side environment. They run many scheduled trips per day and operate year round, so call to get all the details and make a reservation. Horse sightings are guaranteed or they will refund your money.