Who needs the beach? A day of fun in Corolla

Some other time I’m going to share the story of our drive down to Corolla in the Outer Banks (I may save it for Halloween, as it is kind of a tale of woe and horror). Have you read my story of our drive down to Corolla in the Outer Banks? Suffice it to say, we didn’t arrive at our lovely beach house until the wee hours of the morning, which put a bit of a crimp in our plans to be up and at ’em and in kayaks for two hours before lunch. As it turned out, we wouldn’t have been out on the water anyway because the winds were too high. Add that fact to Matt’s and my fatigue and the looming gray skies, and this necessitated a change of plans.

Happily, this wasn’t too hard to execute. We hopped in the car and headed a few miles up Route 12 to the Timbuck II Shopping Center in search of brunch, which we found at First Light Breakfast and Burgers. It was here that I had what may have been my favorite breakfast item ever – applewood smoked bacon, sausage, country ham, cheddar cheese, and an egg all sandwiched between two pillowy biscuits.

Enjoying the Big Meaty at the First Light in Corolla The very best part of this delectation is that it is called the Big Meaty. I’m almost embarrassed by how much I enjoyed it (almost being the key word in that sentence).

The service at First Light is friendly and efficient but the restaurant itself is tiny; we had to wait about 45 minutes for a table, although you didn’t hear us complaining. Later in the weekend we showed up around 8 in the morning and didn’t have to wait at all, so you’ll want to plan accordingly, especially when the season is in full swing. Everything we ordered at First Light was delicious, from the scrambled eggs to the French toast. Matt took one bite of his biscuits and gravy, turned to me, and said “I don’t ever want to leave.”

The Golf Links has fun putt-putt and more in Corolla We needed to do something to burn off all that food, so we strolled across the parking lot to The Golf Links for a fiercely competitive game of putt-putt overlooking Currituck Sound. The beach-themed, 18-hole course offered just the right level of challenge for all of us, although I think that Matt may have confused some of the holes with a pool table.

Is this pool or is it mini-golf? Enjoying putt-putt on the Currituck Sound The Golf Links in Corolla has a very beachy theme When the game was done (and let’s just say that the only girl present was the one to win) the boys decided that we needed to make sure we had a snack for later since our breakfast had been so dainty. Luckily, we found the Outer Banks Popcorn Factory offering more than a dozen flavors of delicious popcorn. We had a tough time choosing and ended up with three generous bags, one each of Corolla Crunch (coated with toffee and tossed with nuts), cinnamon, and cheese. And we may have bought each child a Slushee, but what happens at the beach stays at the beach.

Fill a tin with flavored popcorn at the Outer Banks Popcorn Company The Outer Banks Popcorn Company in Corolla looks out over the Currictuck Sound The boys now felt the need for speed, a desire that was easy enough to satisfy at the Corolla Raceway. Much to our surprise Teddy was eager to drive himself and was also tall enough to do so. So we stood back and watched as the two of them raced by (there are also two-person Go-Karts for children who don’t want to drive alone).

Off to the races in Corolla Made for speed at the Corolla Raceway The entire vibe of this shopping center is old-school beach fun. There are no national chains and nothing fancy, just local stores selling all the things you’d expect to find (candles, flip flops, beach towels, crafts, OBX baseball caps). You can also have an “old fashioned” photo of your family taken, sample homemade ice cream or shaved ice, or purchase and learn how to fly a kite in some of those fierce ocean winds. It’s a great place to spend a few hours with kids on a less-than-nice day.

To learn more about our trip to Corolla, see my other posts about the Outer Banks.

This post is part of a blog tour organized by WeJustGotBack.com‘s Moms2Go Alliance on behalf of the Currituck County Department of Travel & Tourism. I was reimbursed for some of my travel expenses. Also, Village Realty was kind enough to cover the administrative and cleaning fee for our house to make it affordable for a weekend rental.

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