Things to Do in Manteo, NC: Tours

Explore the sound, town, wildlife refuges and historic sites of Roanoke Island with guided tours for foot, paddle, boat or plane travel. The variety within Roanoke Island’s tours and similarr things to do in Manteo, NC, deliver experiences that delight a wide range of interests. Take a walking tour through the remains of the Lost Colony. Discover downtown Manteo through your sense of taste. Nature lovers set off on hikes deep into wildlife refuges or eco-cruises in the sound. See dolphins playing by climbing aboard a dolphin cruise. With so many tours to choose from, every visitor should find something that tickles their curiosity.

Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge

Tours 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

Captain Johnny’s Dolphin Tours

Tours in Manteo, NC
400 Queen Elizabeth Avenue, Manteo Waterfront, Manteo
(252) 473-1475
(866) 473-1475

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 nearly 25 years. If you miss the dolphins on your first trip,... read more

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

Country Girl Charters

Pirate's Cove Yacht Club & Marina
Tours in Roanoke Island, NC
1 Sailfish Drive, Pirate's Cove Marina, Manteo
(252) 473-5577

The Country Girl can be chartered for full-day Gulf Stream trips for parties of six or more people. Call for rates and schedules. These Outer Banks charter fishing trips usually yield tuna and mahi-mahi, wahoo, king mackerel, marlin or sailfish depending on the season and conditions. The Country Girl also offers head boat-style wreck fishing. The 57-foot sportfisher can accommodate up to 27 passengers and... read more

The Country Girl can be chartered for full-day Gulf Stream trips for parties of six... read more

Crystal Dawn Head Boat

Pirate's Cove Yacht Club & Marina
Tours in Manteo, NC
2000 Sailfish Drive, Docks at Pirate's Cove Marina, Manteo
(252) 473-5577

Looking to get out on the water? Docked at Pirate's Cove Marina on the Nags Head/Manteo Causeway, Crystal Dawn is conveniently accessible for anyone based on the northern Outer Banks. The comfortable 65-foot double-decker boat offers head boat fishing in the sounds and around Oregon Inlet as well as a variety of fun cruises around Roanoke Island. On a head boat fishing trip you'll catch fish... read more

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

Elizabethan Gardens

Tours 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

Ghost Tours of the Outer Banks

Tours in Manteo, NC
Meet on the corner of Budleigh Street and Queen Elizabeth Avenue, Manteo
(252) 489-5959

Experience the legends, lore and ghost stories of the Outer Banks with the original Manteo ghost tour. Explore the streets of Manteo by night as your guide shares chilling stories of the Outer Banks, including present-day paranormal activity and long ago stories of spirits. There are two ghost tours – Outer Banks Ghosts & Legends on Tuesday and Thursday and The Dead of Night: Ghosts... read more

Experience the legends, lore and ghost stories of the Outer Banks with the original Manteo... read more

Grandpa's Charters

Outer Banks Marina
Tours 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

Tours 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

Tours 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