Experience Manteo

  • Elizabethan Gardens

    Elizabethan Gardens

    1411 National Park Drive (off U.S. Highway 64)

    Roanoke Island

    (252) 473-3234

    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.


  • Lost Colony

    Lost Colony

    Waterside Theatre, 1409 National Park Drive, Waterside Theatre, off U.S. Highway 64

    Roanoke Island

    (252) 473-2127

    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.


  • LFort Raleigh National Historic Site

    Fort Raleigh National Historic Site

    1401 National Park Drive (off U.S. Highway 64)

    Roanoke Island

    (252) 473-5772

    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.


  • NC Aquarium

    NC Aquarium

    374 Airport Road


    (252) 473-3494

    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

    Roanoke Island Festival Park

    1 Festival Park

    Manteo 27954

    (252) 475-1500

    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

    Marshes Light House

    East End of Queen Elizabeth Street, Waterfront


    (252) 475-1750

    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

    Roanoke Island Maritime Museum

    104 Fernando St


    (252) 475-1750

    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

    The Freedmen's Colony of Roanoke Island

    (252) 473-3234

    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

    Elizabeth R

    (252) 473-1061

    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.