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, 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

Roanoke Island Festival Park

Historic Sites 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