Manteo is a charming charismatic waterfront community full of history and culture. Part of Roanoke Island, Manteo is most famous for being home to both the Lost Colony that arrived from England in 1587 and The Lost Colony outdoor drama which is the nation’s longest running outdoor drama to date. Manteo is bordered by the Shallowbag Bay and the Roanoke and Croatan Sounds.

Things To Do In Manteo

Manteo is full of different things to do. From adventuring around Downtown Manteo and looking at all the different shops on the waterfront or learning more about the history of Manteo and Roanoke Island, there’s something for everyone to do. Visit the North Carolina Aquarium and learn more about animals that are native to Roanoke Island, the Outer Banks, and North Carolina has a whole. Go back in time to Roanoke Island Festival Park to see what life was like for tradesmen and mercenary soldiers in 1585 or see how Manteo has evolved from what is was in the 1850’s at Island Farm.


Restaurants in Manteo are hidden treasures. From local favorites like TL’s Country Kitchen to upscale restaurants like 1587 or Avenue Waterfront Grille, you can’t go wrong dining in Manteo.

KidsFest at Roanoke Island Festival Park

May 8, 2020 9:30 am — May 8, 2020 12:30 pm
This fun free event is all about the kids! KidsFest features hands-on crafts, face painting, bubbles, ice cream and snowballs, arts and crafts, music and more! Bring a picnic lunch and hangout at Roanoke Island Festival Park! This event is free and open to the public! For more information visit or call 252-441-0614.
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Cape Hatteras National Seashore

The narrow barrier islands of Cape Hatteras National Seashore are in a constant state of change. Tides, waves and currents provide daily, sometimes subtle changes, while storms can provoke more sudden changes to the islands.
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Fort Raleigh National Historic Site

Fort Raleigh National Historic Site protects and preserves known portions of England's first New World settlements from 1584 to 1590. This site also preserves the cultural heritage of the Native Americans, European Americans and African Americans who have lived on Roanoke Island.
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North Carolina Aquarium

Located on Roanoke Island, the NC Aquarium hosts a variety of native marine life found on the Outer Banks. Daily programs include marine life videos, live animal programs, audience participation games, demonstrations and more. Live animal programs in the Aquarium auditorium may feature alligators, sea turtles or snakes. The Graveyard of the Atlantic tank features a replica of the U.S.S. Monitor and a...
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Outer Banks Distilling

Located in historic downtown Manteo, Outer Banks Distilling is the first and only distrillery on the Outer Banks. Visit their storefront for Kill Devil Rum tastings and tours. Tours are available Tuesday - Saturday at 1 pm & 3 pm. Tours are $5 for guests 21 and older. Store hours are Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 5 pm. Call 252-423-3011 to reserve...
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Pirate’s Cove Marina

Pirate's Cove Marina is one of the largest world class marinas on the east coast -- with a high level of experienced charter sportfishing captains and crew. Located approximately eight miles inside and north of Oregon Inlet via a deepwater, well marked channel, Pirates Cove is a protected, deep water, full service marina with 195 slips and a charter fleet of 21 sport...
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Roanoke Island Festival Park

Outer Banks history comes to life at Roanoke Island Festival Park. Located across from the Manteo waterfront, the park features settlement sites which depict life in the 16th Century. Visit the Elizabeth II, a full-size reproduction of a 16th century sailing ship. Year-round museum hosts numerous exhibits, performing arts series and artwork.
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The Elizabethan Gardens

History, mystery and fantasy are combined in these special gardens, which are a memorial to the first English colonists who came to North America. Enjoy native plants, 400 year-old live oak and a fantastic collection of garden statuary.
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The Island Farm

Explore island life as it was over 150 years ago. Join interpreters dressed in period attire as they carry out the daily activities of a Roanoke Island farm in the 1850s. Hands-On Activities and Demonstrations May Include: Woodworking & Cooking Ox-drawn wagon rides Children’s 19th-century toys and games Farm and garden planting, harvesting and tending Blacksmithing Self-guided tours of the farm and house
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The Lost Colony

Located at Waterside Theatre on Roanoke Island, this symphonic drama by Paul Green is America’s longest running outdoor drama. The Lost Colony details the arrival and the mysterious disappearance of the first colonists to reside on Roanoke Island.
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