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Roanoke Island, NC

You can discover American History a short distance from your Outer Banks vacation rental on Roanoke Island. 

Roanoke Island on the Outer Banks of North Carolina includes the town of Manteo, as well as the village of Wanchese. It is steeped into interesting history, and is drawing more, more visitors to the area.

Manteo, North Carolina is known for the numerous unique Outer Banks art galleries while Wanchese is a quiet fishing village. Enjoy summer days at the waterfront shops, and the infamous outdoor drama, “The Lost Colony,” during the afternoon.

This little island is known as the home to the First English speaking colonies in America, long before Jamestown and Plymouth. In 1584, more than 100 men were established on the north end of the island; however, it was abandoned about a year later due to weather, lack of supplies, and poor communication between the Native Americans. Three years later another colony, including women and children, arrived to the island. The first English-speaking child in the New World, Virginia Dare, was born, and unfortunately more supplies was need at this time. Her grandfather was called back to England to retrieve the needed supplies. When he finally arrived back to the 'New World' there was no sign of his granddaughter, Virginia Dare, nor the other colonists. Today the disappearance of the colonies still remains a mystery. 

Roanoke Island Major Attractions 

Elizabethan Gardens

The Elizabethan Gardens brings you back to the time of Queen Elizabeth 1 with Elizabethan-style buildings, and Renaissance statues inside the gardens. It is magically beautiful, open year-round, and located at 1411 National Park Drive in Manteo, North Carolina.

The Lost Colony

Go back into time as you watch America's first & longest running outdoor drama, “The Lost Colony.” Millions of visitors come from all over the world to catch one of the nightly showings.

Roanoke Island Festival Park

The Roanoke Island Festival Park is a 25 acre historical site full of ideal recreation, and nature. This attractive park offers the Outer Banks rich history, art, museums, performance series, attractions, detailed nature trails, and fun activities the entire family will enjoy.

First Friday

On the first friday of each month enjoy an outdoor celebration along the downtown Manteo waterfront. Shop through neat boutiques, eat at one of the unique restaurants, and listen to live entertainment from 6-9 p.m. This event is vastly becoming a popular attraction on the Outer Banks.

North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island

The North Carolina Aquarium welcomes you to view the largest collection of sharks in the state, interact with scuba divers, feed the stingrays, and touch the alligators as you discover whats really in the waters off of the Outer Banks.