Frequently Asked Questions about Currituck Beach Lighthouse

The Currituck Beach Lighthouse was built in response to the many wrecks in the 40 miles of “dark space” of coastline without lighthouses at the time. The idea for the structure was conceived in 1872 and construction began in 1873. When completed, the 162-foot lighthouse was left unpainted to distinguish its exterior from other lighthouses along the coast. On December 1, 1875, the Currituck Beach Lighthouse was lit for the first time.

It costs $13 to climb the lighthouse tower for ages 4 and up. Admission is paid at the front door of the lighthouse and includes NC sales tax. (Advance and online ticketing are not available.) We accept cash, checks, or credit cards.

You can also purchase a season pass for both of our locations here!

There are 220 steps to the top of the lighthouse. It is a self-guided climb that takes anywhere from 5 – 20 minutes but take as much time as you’d like!

18 nautical miles. The beacon comes on automatically every evening at dusk and can be seen for 18 nautical mile

Open daily for climbing 9 AM – 5 PM, weather permitting March 23, 2024, through November 30.

We do! We took over the care and restoration of the Currituck Beach Lighthouse on January 30, 1980.

The Currituck Beach Lighthouse is 162 feet tall from the ground to the top.

About 1 million bricks! Can you believe that?

What Makes Currituck Beach Lighthouse in Corolla a Must-See

Amanda WalkerAmanda Walker
10:28 08 Jul 24
This was an awesome experience! The views from the top are amazing and it was cool to learn about how the keepers live and the different lighthouse technologies over the years. I thought it would be frightening since I don't do well with heights but it wasn't. Just keep reminding yourself the walls are several feet deep. Lol
Sugar GSugar G
02:28 08 Jul 24
A must see if in or around the area!!
David AdamsDavid Adams
11:02 21 Jun 24
Great national park sight rich with heritage and historic value. I think with the amount of people that climb the stairs each day they wouldn't need to charge$17 per patron to maintain the grounds and structure but is not my business, just seemed to me some people will miss out on these wonderful sights because you have a large group and didn't budget that kinda money to climb to the top. And being over 2 hour wait at times was a definite downer. Plan accordingly since you can't advance purchase tickets to go.
Jeux NiJeux Ni
23:22 13 Jun 24
Steps were very slender on inside turn going up on a crowded day. The view at the top was worth the climb!
Mary Camacho smithMary Camacho smith
21:21 13 Jun 24
Beautiful lighthouse with preserved outbuildings. Lots of information on Corolla Island wild horses. Wonderful gift shop.
757N Tides757N Tides
18:25 13 Jun 24
Awesome views at the top! Absolute must see when you go to the OBX
Eric ShafferEric Shaffer
13:00 05 Jun 24
You pay to climb when you show up, not in advance. The wind was pretty wild the day we climbed but it has an amazing view. I love that the lighthouse isn’t painted like most of the others, it kind of sets it apart from them. The staff is extremely friendly and knowledgeable!
phillip jesterphillip jester
03:29 29 May 24
Wow. Spectacular.
April JarrellApril Jarrell
00:13 29 May 24
Hard climb to the top, but worth it! The view is incredible!
Dan “Dan” EdwardsDan “Dan” Edwards
17:51 28 May 24
Nice lighthouse. Not as close to the water as you might think so it's a little hard to see as you drive up. Beautiful grounds and a nice small Maritime museum there.