Things to Do in Manteo, NC: Historic Sites

Including Roanoke Island Historic Sites

Many renowned pieces of the Outer Banks fascinating history can be found within the things to do in Manteo, NC. See where early colonial explorer, Sir Walter Raleigh, first poked around the Outer Banks. Check out where the Lost Colony’s settlers attempted establishing themselves before they vanished. Markers of runaway slaves and the first freed slaves who settled on the Outer Banks dot the island. Through Roanoke Island things to do, you can learn about Native Americans, early English exploration and settlement, the lives of 19th-century islanders and so much more. 

Elizabethan Gardens

Historic Sites 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, hydrangeas, roses, camellias, flowering trees, a variety of annuals and herbs and much more. Adding exquisite touches are imported Italian Renaissance...read more

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

Lost Colony

Historic Sites in Manteo, NC
1409 National Park Drive (off U.S. Highway 64), Waterside Theatre, inside Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, Manteo
(252) 473-2127
Tickets
(252) 473-6000

In July of 1587, 117 English men, women and children came ashore on Roanoke Island with the commission from Queen Elizabeth I to establish a permanent English settlement in the New World. They vanished just three years later. The only clues were “CROATOAN" carved into the surface of an abandoned structure and the letters "CRO" carved into a nearby tree. After nearly 450 years, the...read more

In July of 1587, 117 English men, women and children came ashore on Roanoke Island...read more