Things to Do in Manteo, NC

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Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge

Milltail Road, off U.S. Highway 64
Manteo
(252) 473-1131
Roanoke Island Thing To Do

Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge is a more than 164,000-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 164,000-acre refuge on the mainland portion...read more

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Captain Johnny’s Dolphin Tours

400 Queen Elizabeth Avenue
Manteo Waterfront
Manteo
(252) 473-1475
Manteo Thing To Do

It’s very exciting to watch bottlenosed dolphins frolicking and rolling through the water. Dolphins live in the sounds and from June through October frequent the local waters. Capt. Stuart Wescott, a ninth-generation Roanoke Island native, has been conducting dolphin watch tours in the Roanoke Sound aboard the 53-foot pontoon-type boat Capt. Johnny for more than 25 years. If you miss the dolphins on your first...read more

It’s very exciting to watch bottlenosed dolphins frolicking and rolling through the water. Dolphins live...read more

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Country Girl Charters

1 Sailfish Drive
Pirate's Cove Marina
Manteo
(252) 473-5577
Pirate's Cove Yacht Club & Marina
Roanoke Island Thing To Do

As one of the few boats in the Oregon Inlet fishing fleet that is licensed to carry more than six anglers, the 57-foot Country Girl can be chartered for Gulf Stream trips for parties of six or more people. These full-day offshore charter fishing trips can yield tuna and mahi-mahi, wahoo, king mackerel, marlin or sailfish depending on the season and conditions. The Country Girl also...read more

As one of the few boats in the Oregon Inlet fishing fleet that is licensed...read more

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Crystal Dawn Head Boat

2000 Sailfish Drive
Docks at Pirate's Cove Marina
Manteo
(252) 473-5577
Pirate's Cove Yacht Club & Marina
Manteo Thing To Do

Looking to get out on the water? Docked at Pirate's Cove Marina on the Nags Head/Manteo Causeway, this comfortable, 65-foot, double-decker party boat /head boat offers fishing in the sounds and around Oregon Inlet as well as a variety of fun cruises around Roanoke Island. On one of their head boat fishing trips you'll catch fish such as flounder, croaker, spot, trout, sea mullet, sea bass...read more

Looking to get out on the water? Docked at Pirate's Cove Marina on the Nags...read more

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Elizabethan Gardens

1411 National Park Drive (off U.S. Highway 64) next to Fort Raleigh National Historic Site
Manteo
(252) 473-3234
Manteo Thing To Do

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

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First Fridays in Manteo

Downtown Manteo
Manteo
(252) 473-5558
Manteo Thing To Do

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

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Grandpa's Charters

708 Harbor Road
Manteo
(252) 473-9991
OBX Marina
Wanchese Thing To Do
(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

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Kitty Hawk Kites

794 Sunset Boulevard
TimBuck II Shopping Village
Corolla
(252) 453-8845
Manteo Thing To Do
(877) 359-8447

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

Kitty Hawk Kites has been teaching the world to fly since 1974. With 10 retail...read more

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Kitty Hawk Kites

819 Ocean Trail
Monterey Plaza
Corolla
(252) 453-3685
Manteo Thing To Do
(877) 359-8447

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

Kitty Hawk Kites has been teaching the world to fly since 1974. With 10 retail...read more

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Kitty Hawk Kites

1216 Duck Road
Wee Winks Square
Duck
(252) 261-4450
Manteo Thing To Do
(877) 359-8447

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

Kitty Hawk Kites has been teaching the world to fly since 1974. With 10 retail...read more

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Kitty Hawk Kites

3933 S. Croatan Highway
The Bypass, MP 12.5, Jockey's Ridge Crossing
Nags Head
(252) 449-2210
Manteo Thing To Do
(877) 359-8447

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

Kitty Hawk Kites has been teaching the world to fly since 1974. With 10 retail...read more

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Kitty Hawk Kites

307 Queen Elizabeth Avenue
Manteo
(252) 473-2357
Manteo Thing To Do
(877) 359-8447

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

Kitty Hawk Kites has been teaching the world to fly since 1974. With 10 retail...read more

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Kitty Hawk Kites

24502 N.C. Highway 12
Waves Village
Rodanthe
(252) 987-2297
Manteo Thing To Do
(877) 359-8447

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

Kitty Hawk Kites has been teaching the world to fly since 1974. With 10 retail...read more

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Kitty Hawk Kites

39432 N.C. Highway 12
Island Shops
Avon
(252) 995-6060
Manteo Thing To Do
(877) 359-8447

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

Kitty Hawk Kites has been teaching the world to fly since 1974. With 10 retail...read more

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Kitty Hawk Kites

58848 Hatteras Landing
Hatteras Landing
Hatteras
(252) 986-1446
Manteo Thing To Do
(877) 359-8447

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

Kitty Hawk Kites has been teaching the world to fly since 1974. With 10 retail...read more

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Kitty Hawk Kites

Community Square
270 Irvin Garrish Highway
Ocracoke
(252) 928-4563
Manteo Thing To Do
(877) 359-8447

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

Kitty Hawk Kites has been teaching the world to fly since 1974. With 10 retail...read more

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Kitty Hawk Kites

7517 S. Virginia Dare Trail
Whalebone Watersports Center
Nags Head
(252) 441-4124
Manteo Thing To Do
(877) 359-8447

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

Kitty Hawk Kites has been teaching the world to fly since 1974. With 10 retail...read more

18

Lost Colony

1409 National Park Drive (off U.S. Highway 64)
Waterside Theatre, inside Fort Raleigh National Historic Site
Manteo
(252) 473-2127
Manteo Thing To Do
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

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North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island

374 Airport Road
Manteo
(252) 475-2300
Manteo Thing To Do
(800) 832-3474 x4

The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island is one of the most popular attractions on the Outer Banks. With more than 200 species of animals, including otters, sand tiger sharks and jellyfish to see, the aquarium is a wondrous place to explore. Yes, it's perfect for a rainy day, but you will also appreciate the cool, quiet environment when you've had enough of the sun....read more

The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island is one of the most popular attractions on...read more

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OBX On The Fly

107 Sir Walter Street, Suite 107
Manteo
(252) 473-1300
Manteo Thing To Do

The Outer Banks' only fly-fishing shop is in downtown Manteo. OBX On The Fly is the fly-fishing hub of the Outer Banks, where you can purchase rods, reels, flies, fly-tying materials, apparel and all the other equipment and merchandise that fly anglers need, from the novice to the pro. They offer fly-tying classes and casting lessons with video analysis. They also offer guide services, including...read more

The Outer Banks' only fly-fishing shop is in downtown Manteo. OBX On The Fly is...read more

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Outer Banks Sporting Events

2234 S. Lark Avenue
Nags Head
(252) 255-6273

Outer Banks Sporting Events is an event-planning nonprofit that organizes multiple fitness events throughout the year. One hundred percent of the net proceeds of these events supports two Outer Banks nonprofits – Outer Banks Relief Foundation and Dare Education Foundation – and this is why the slogan of Outer Banks Sporting Events is Run for a Reason. This organization hosts races like Running of the...read more

Outer Banks Sporting Events is an event-planning nonprofit that organizes multiple fitness events throughout the...read more