Things to Do in Corolla, North Carolina

Things to Do in Corolla, North Carolina
Corolla is located in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. With a population of only 500 full-time residents, Corolla is mainly a vacation destination. Unlike other beach areas, Corolla does not have an active nightlife. However, this can be appealing to outdoor enthusiasts, who would prefer to get a good night's sleep and wake up early to enjoy the activities the area has to offer.

Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education

An understanding of Outer Banks wildlife and ecology can enhance your appreciation of the area's outdoor activities. The Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education offers a variety of free programs that explore topics such as North Carolina birding, ocean ecology, animal tracking and orienteering.

Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education
Currituck Heritage Park
1160 Village Lane
Corolla, North Carolina 27927
(252) 453-0221


The Pine Island Audubon Sanctuary is located between Duck and Corolla. It consists of eight square miles of marsh land. Between March and September, the Coastal Kayaking Company offers kayak tours of this area. The tours begin with a 10-minute hike down the Audubon trail to the kayaks. In 2009, the three-hour tour cost $50 for adults and $25 for children.

Coastal Kayaking Company
North Beach Outfitters
1240 Duck Rd.
Kitty Hawk, North Carolina 27949
(252) 261-6262

Surf or Skate

Here's a novel idea for a group with mixed interests. The Island Revolution Surf Co. and skate park behind its surf shop. The park has a variety of features, including bowls, a quarter pipe, grind bars and vertical drop-ins. Helmets are required. During the the summer, there's free skating on Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. You can take a 90-minute skate lesson. Classes take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. In 2009, they cost $30.

For those who would prefer to play in the water, the surf shop at Island Revolution offers surf rentals and lessons. In 2009, the two-hour lessons cost between $50 and $75, depending on how many people are in the class. Lessons take place on Monday through Friday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Island Revolution Surf Co.
1159 Austin Street
Corolla Light Town Center
Corolla, North Carolina 27927
(252) 453-9484

Article Written By Lisa Mercer

In 1999, Lisa Mercer’s fitness, travel and skiing expertise inspired a writing career. Her books include "Open Your Heart with Winter Fitness" and "101 Women's Fitness Tips." Her articles have appeared in "Aspen Magazine," "HerSports," "32 Degrees," "Pregnancy Magazine" and "Wired." Mercer has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the City College of New York.

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