Roanoke Island Attractions

Including Manteo, NC, Attractions

World-class Roanoke Island attractions are what lure many people here. Many Manteo, NC, attractions – such as Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, The Elizabethan Gardens, The Lost Colony outdoor drama, the Elizabeth II sailing ship and the Roanoke Island Festival Park – celebrate Roanoke Island’s history as the site of the first attempted English colonization of America. There are other Roanoke Island attractions, too, that you won’t want to miss like the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, musical events such as the Shallowbag Shag Beach Music Festival or the Mountain Music by the Sea bluegrass festival at the beautiful outdoor amphitheater, the North Carolina Maritime Museum and the Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse. You can also step back to the mid-1800s at Island Farm or to a more simple time in the island's history by just walking or biking the streets and looking at the restored homes. With all these Manteo, NC, attractions and the many sites that capture Roanoke Island’s history, you’ll find that a day trip is never enough. In part due to these Roanoke Island attractions, more and more visitors are choosing this island as their vacation destination.

Roanoke Island Attractions are Interactive

One of the coolest parts of Manteo, NC, attractions is their ability to immerse you into the experience, whether it’s a step back into yesteryear or feeling the energizing beat of live music vibrate through your entire being. Take an ox-drawn wagon ride around an old farm. Witness colonist-Native American first encounters in Roanoke Island play out before your eyes. Sniff the sophisticated scent of Queen Elizabeth I’s favorite rose. Explore Manteo’s waterfront on foot and see where culture and cuisine intersect. Learn the proper techniques for handling marine life. Listen to the hearty shouts of pirates echo through Manteo’s waterfront. It’s so much fun for people of all interests. Roanoke Island attractions are beloved by people of all ages, and you’ll see visitors like families with small children, teenage friend groups and older couples all gathering in one place.

Roanoke Island Attractions by Location or Category

An unincorporated village on the southern end of Roanoke Island, Wanchese is small and well off the beaten path. Not many visitors make it down this way, more