Things to Do in Manteo, NC: Wildlife Refuges & Programs

Including Outer Banks Wildlife Refuges

Take a walk on the wild side with Roanoke Island things to do, such as visiting the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge and the natural areas at historic sites and centers. Hike down the trails, or take tours with knowledgeable park rangers. You can also explore around by tram, or take a kayak trip down the paddle trails. At the wildlife refuges on Roanoke Island, visitor can experience these outdoor things to do in Manteo, NC, learn about the marsh, aquatic ecosystems and the diverse flora and fauna inhabiting them, including red wolves, black bears and alligators. 

Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge

Wildlife Refuges & Programs in Roanoke Island, NC
Milltail Road, off U.S. Highway 64, Manteo
(252) 473-1131

Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge is a more than 154,000-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 154,000-acre refuge on the mainland portion... read more

North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island

Wildlife Refuges & Programs in Manteo, NC
374 Airport Road, Manteo
(252) 475-2300
(800) 832-3474 x4

The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island is one of the most popular attractions on the Outer Banks. With 213 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. Just stepping... read more

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