Things to Do in Manteo, NC: Child & Family Friendly

Manteo is proud of its family-friendly vibe – in fact, it’s why so much of the town is residential. The movie theater in town features films all ages can enjoy. Roanoke Island attractions offer regular programs and things to do in Manteo, NC, just for kids in addition to experiences that the entire family will appreciate. These are exciting and playful ways to interact and discover various Roanoke Island things to do in addition to its history and culture as it pertains to colonists, early settlers, ties to England, nautical activities and aquatic activities. 

Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge

Child & Family Oriented in Roanoke Island, NC
Milltail Road, off U.S. Highway 64, Manteo
(252) 473-1131

Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge is a more than 159,000-acre refuge on the mainland portion of Dare and Hyde counties. It was established in 1984 to preserve and protect a unique wetland habitat type, the pocosin, and its associated wildlife species. Pocosin is a Native American word meaning ‘‘swamp-on-a-hill’’ and is characterized by poorly drained soils high in organic material. The refuge's diversity of habitat... read more

Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge is a more than 159,000-acre refuge on the mainland portion... read more

Elizabethan Gardens

Child & Family Oriented in Manteo, NC
1411 National Park Drive (off U.S. Highway 64) next to Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, Manteo
(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 and a beloved Outer Banks attraction. 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. Adding exquisite touches are... read more

Designed by two of America’s foremost landscape architects to pay tribute to America’s first English... read more

First Fridays in Manteo

Child & Family Oriented in Manteo, NC
Downtown Manteo, Manteo
(252) 473-5558

First Friday is a family-oriented festival held in downtown Manteo on the first Friday of every month from April through December. From 6 to 8 p.m. downtown Manteo’s sidewalks come alive with a wide variety of musical performances and festive activities for all ages. Individual shops and restaurants frequently do their own celebratory activity such as live music, special sales, refreshments and hors d’oeuvres. Dare County... read more

First Friday is a family-oriented festival held in downtown Manteo on the first Friday of... read more

Grandpa's Charters

Outer Banks Marina
Child & Family Oriented in Wanchese, NC
708 Harbor Road, Manteo
(252) 473-9991
(866) 473-1475
(252) 305-8862

See how local seafood is caught. On these tours, the captain pulls a small, commercial-type shrimp net behind the boat. Passengers get to sort the catch and examine the shrimp, fish and crabs that are harvested – and they get to take home anything that's of legal size. Grandpa's also offers inshore fishing trips, spear fishing, shark fishing, ocean wreck/bottom hole charters, cobia charters and clam-digging... read more

See how local seafood is caught. On these tours, the captain pulls a small, commercial-type... read more

Kitty Hawk Kites

Child & Family Oriented in Manteo, NC
307 Queen Elizabeth Avenue, Manteo
(252) 473-2357
794 Sunset Boulevard, TimBuck II Shopping Village, Corolla
(252) 453-8845
819 Ocean Trail, Monterey Plaza, Corolla
(252) 453-3685
1216 Duck Road, Wee Winks Square, Duck
(252) 261-4450
3933 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 12.5, Nags Head
(252) 449-2210
24502 N.C. Highway 12, Waves Village, Rodanthe
(252) 987-2297
39432 N.C. Highway 12, Island Shops, Avon
(252) 995-6060
58848 Hatteras Landing, Hatteras Landing, Hatteras
(252) 986-1446
Community Square, 270 Irvin Garrish Highway, Ocracoke
(252) 928-4563
(877) 359-8447

Kitty Hawk Kites has been teaching the world to fly since 1974. With more than 10 retail locations from Corolla to Ocracoke, Kitty Hawk Kites boasts an impressive selection of kites, flags and spinners, toys, apparel, gifts and games on the Outer Banks. Kitty Hawk Kites specializes in kites, from the single-lines for kids to high-tech stunt varieties. The stores also sell fun outdoor goodies... read more

Kitty Hawk Kites has been teaching the world to fly since 1974. With more than... read more

Outer Banks Tastes & Tales Guided Walking Tours

Child & Family Oriented in Manteo, NC
399 Queen Elizabeth Avenue, Manteo
(252) 489-5959

Who doesn't love a good ghost story? Manteo-based Outer Banks Tastes & Tales can tell you some great ones on their Outer Banks Ghost & Legends Tours. The only thing better might be their other tours: Pirate Tales! Terror, Treasure & Treason; The Dead of Night: Ghosts & Graves; Adult Beverage Tasting Tours; and Manteo Historic Homes Tours. The Outer Banks has a rich history... read more

Who doesn't love a good ghost story? Manteo-based Outer Banks Tastes & Tales can tell... read more

Roanoke Island Festival Park

Child & Family Oriented in Manteo, NC
1 Festival Park, across from the Manteo Waterfront, Manteo
(252) 475-1500

Experience a new adventure in an old world at Roanoke Island Festival Park. This 25-acre historic site allows guests of all ages to experience first-hand what life was like for the first English settlers in 1585. Historic costumed interpreters are featured through Indian Town, the Settlement Site and the Elizabeth II ship to show and tell how the first settlers lived worked and played on... read more

Experience a new adventure in an old world at Roanoke Island Festival Park. This 25-acre... read more