1411 National Park Drive (off U.S. Highway 64)
Designed by two of America's foremost landscape architects to pay tribute to America's first English colonists, The Elizabethan Gardens is a rare treasure on the Outer Banks. It's a haven of verdant, flourishing growth and natural prosperity. The gardens are in bloom year round with azaleas, dogwoods, roses, camellias, daphne, a variety of annuals and herbs and much more.
Waterside Theatre, 1409 National Park Drive, Waterside Theatre, off U.S. Highway 64
The Lost Colony is the longest-running outdoor symphonic drama in the world. Since 1937, over four million people have seen this dramatization of the plight and mysterious disappearance of the first English settlers in America. Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Paul Green, the show is produced summer nights by a company of more than 100 actors, dancers, singers and technicians. Witness epic battles and Indian dances. Experience the sorrow and heartbreak of tragedy and loss.
Fort Raleigh National Historic Site
1401 National Park Drive (off U.S. Highway 64)
This national historic site commemorates and preserves the first English attempts at colonization and aims to help visitors gain a better understanding of the known elements of the settlement. Renovation of the park's visitor center should be completed by mid-June 2011; until then a temporary visitors center is set up on the site.
374 Airport Road
On a beautiful site overlooking the Croatan Sound, the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island is one of three state-operated aquariums on the North Carolina coast. With a mission of "inspiring appreciation and conservation of North Carolina's aquatic environments," the Aquarium features the 285,000-gallon Graveyard of the Atlantic saltwater tank exhibit, interactive exhibits, two touch tanks, a theater and an exhibit "Oceans Revealed: Power of the Planet," an interactive way of viewing Earth and its oceans.
Roanoke Island Festival Park
1 Festival Park
Some of North Carolina's best young talent performs at Roanoke Island Festival Park during the Performance Series. Offering year round music, dance, drama, opera and children's shows for the community to enjoy, the series invites performing arts departments from all campuses of the University of North Carolina system to participate. All performances are free and open to the public, promising great entertainment for family and friends of all ages.
Marshes Light House
East End of Queen Elizabeth Street, Waterfront
Perched over the water along Manteo's waterfront boardwalk, the picturesque Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse is perfectly suited to the town's maritime setting. This Victorian stick-style lighthouse is a reproduction of the third Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse, which never stood on the Manteo waterfront but in the Croatan Sound from 1877 to 1955. Out there in the sound, the Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse keepers lived on the lonely lighthouse platform and operated the light to help mariners navigate safely
Roanoke Island Maritime Museum
104 Fernando St
Stroll along Manteo's waterfront boardwalks, pass the Marshes Lighthouse, and spend some time at the Roanoke Island Maritime Museum. The museum, a free attraction, is a mistake to miss. Friendly staff and vintage boats at the museum educate visitors and locals alike about the craft and history of boat building on Roanoke Island.
The Freedmen's Colony of Roanoke Island
Within weeks of North Carolina's secession from the Union, the Confederacy had established a military presence on Roanoke Island. Roanoke Island derived its military significance by virtue of its location near the opening of two major sounds. By the winter of 1861-1862 there were three sand forts on the west side of the island, and small batteries on the east side and in the center of the island.
Elizabeth R and Company is Dare County's singular resident theatrical company. The Manteo based 501(c)3 non-profit organization showcases stage, video and audio productions centered on periods in history. The company also promotes research, symposia, seminars, and theatrical interpretations of history.