Points of interest

Currituck Beach Lighthouse
Currituck Heritage Park

The northernmost lighthouse on the Outer Banks, built in 1875, is open for climbing but closes in inclement weather, so call ahead. There’s a great Museum Shop here too. Easter through October, hours are 10 am to 6 pm; November hours are 10 am to 5 pm. Tickets required for climbing. Call for rates.

Whalehead in Historic Corolla
Currituck Heritage Park

Whalehead in Historic Corolla, formerly known as The Whalehead Club, is a historic house museum in the Art Nouveau style and has been returned to its original 1925 grandeur. Admission is by guided tour only. Open Easter to Thanksgiving; call ahead for special holiday hours in December and to ask about special tours. Hours are 10 am to 5 pm (10 am to 4 pm in the off season). Call for tour admission.

Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education
Currituck Heritage Park

Educational programs for all ages are held in the summer, including sound habitat exploration, decoy carving and fishing in the sound. Call to register in advance. Workshops are held Monday through Friday from 9 am to 2 pm. Most programs are free. The center is open year-round with exhibits, educational programs and a gift shop.

Wild Horses Exhibit
Schoolhouse Road

An exhibit on the Corolla Wild Horses is set up in the old two-room Corolla Schoolhouse on Schoolhouse Road. This is a great chance to learn about the horses and see the inside of the old school. The museum is free and is open Thursdays from 10 am to 6 pm. Call for other hours.

The Nature Conservancy’s Nags Head Woods Preserve
Ocean Acres Drive

Celebrate nature in a maritime forest with more than five miles of hiking trails with a range of difficulties. The woods are home to an unusually diverse assemblage of plant and animal life. Maps, self-guided pamphlets and bird species lists are available at the visitor center. Trails are open year round from dawn to dusk. Free admission; donations to The Nature Conservancy are welcome.

Wright Brothers National Memorial
U.S. Hwy. 158

This site commemorates the achievements of the Wright Brothers with replicas of the Wright flyer and glider, exhibits and the Wright monument. Open daily. From Memorial to Labor Day hours are 9 am to 6 pm; the remainder of the year hours are 9 am to 5 pm. Call for admission rates.

Jockey’s Ridge State Park
U.S. Hwy. 158
252-441-2588 program registration

Featuring the East Coast’s tallest living sand dune, the park is also home to a soundside nature trail and bird preserve. The museum has exhibits on the vegetation and animals in the park and interactive games for kids. Educational programs are held in the summer. Open at 8 am all year; closing time varies seasonally. Free admission.

Jennette’s Pier
N.C. Hwy. 12

Jennette’s Pier is owned and operated by the North Carolina Aquarium Society. Using state-of-the-art “green” technology, the pier utilizes innovative water conservation practices along with three wind turbines that help power the pier and its buildings. The pier house includes fish tanks, a “Giants of the Sea” exhibit and educational programs. The pier is open April through November. Summer pier hours are 6 am to midnight. Off-season hours vary. Admission to the exhibits is free; some fees apply for educational programs and fishing.

The Lost Colony
Off U.S. Hwy. 64

This historical outdoor drama tells the story of the English colony that vanished, leaving behind only a mystery that remains unsolved. It’s performed at sunset in the Waterside Theater from June to August, Monday through Saturday at 8:30 pm. Call for ticket prices. Backstage tours are offered at 6:30 pm; advance tickets are required.

North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island
Airport Road

With exhibits on the waters of the Outer Banks, the aquarium explores the diverse marine communities in the area. The 285,000-gallon Graveyard of the Atlantic tank hosts visitor question and answer sessions with a scuba diver and a daily underwater dive program. Open daily 9 am to 5 pm. Call for admission fees.