Roanoke Island has captivated the hearts of residents and tourists with old-world charm and an easy-going lifestyle centered on enjoying the natural splendor of the area. A magical place, this Croatan Sound island has attracted visitors since the first European colonists landed in the late 16th century.
Visitors to Manteo and Wanchese, two communities that make up Roanoke Island, find that history is still alive and thriving at the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, North Carolina Maritime, and the interactive Roanoke Island Festival Park. A truly unique theatrical production that is not to be missed, The Lost Colony narrates the dramatic tale of the original colonists in the spectacular outdoor Waterside Theatre.
Aside from history, Roanoke Island is also steeped in natural splendor and many island activities immerse you in the luscious environment of the Outer Banks. Explore the North Carolina Aquarium and the incredible “Graveyard of the Atlantic” exhibit to watch sharks mingle with a replica of the sunken USS Monitor. Kayak along the reedy banks of the Croatan Sound, then bike the 7-mile path to the breathtaking beauty of the Elizabethan Gardens or simply stroll around the Historic Manteo Waterfront. For a real Outer Banks adventure, take a dolphin-watching tour or deep-sea charter from the fishing village of Wanchese.
After a day on the water, grab the ingredients for a seafood boil at Captain Malc’s Seafood Market or relax with some waterfront dining at the Fisherman’s Wharf Restaurant. Roanoke Island hosts a delicious variety of gourmet coffee shops and cafés as well as elegant restaurants serving today’s catch and prime cuts. For dining with ‘50s flair, get ready to do the Twist on the dance floor at Big Al’s Soda Fountain and Grill.
Shopping in Roanoke Island is every bit as unique as the island itself. Art galleries and studios displaying local and national artists, craft and antique malls, and eclectic fashion boutiques all invite you to browse their wares. Experience the holidays year-round at the Christmas Shop and Island Gallery or shop for high-flying kites and Outer Banks souvenirs at Kitty Hawk Kites. Whatever you’re searching for, Roanoke Island shops have it!
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