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Visit Roanoke Island

Updated on September 18, 2014

Perfect Day Trip while visiting the Outer Banks

Roanoke Island is a wonderful day trip from the Outer Banks. It is just minutes away from Nag Head and the beaches and yet it seems a world away.

On Roanoke Island you find beautiful tree lined streets and a much slower pace of life. We also found lot to do on the Island.

There is a wonderful waterfront area in the town of Manteo that includes shops, restaurants and a lighthouse replica on the pier.

Roanoke island celebrates it's history at Roanoke Festival Park and you can experience the history in a nightly outdoor drama during the summer months.

Roanoke Island is also home to the North Carolina Aquarium and I found a wonderful Christmas shop that seemed to go on forever!

Come experience Roanoke Island through my photographs!

Original Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse

The original Roanoke Marshes Light was a square cottage-style screw-pile lighthouse. It stood at the southern side of the island near the town of Wanchese.

This lighthouse was decommissioned in 1955 and was lost in Croatan Sound when it was being moved to private property.

This photo can be seen inside the replica which was built on a pier on the Manteo waterfront in 2004.

Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse

This replica of the original Roanoke Marshes Light is located on the pier in the town of Manteo on the east side of Roanoke Island.

This light was dedicated by the Town of Manteo on Septmember 25, 2004. It has a 4th order Fresnel lens with a fixed white light. It is an active guide to navigation in the bay.

Visitors can enter the small house which serves as a lighthouse museum. I enjoyed walked up to and around the lighthouse and reading the information inside the building.

Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse at Dusk

Dusk at the Manteo Waterfront - Sailboat in the harbor

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Closeup of Lighthouse

Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse in the Evening

Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse in the Evening
Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse in the Evening

Boats Stacked on Dock in Manteo

Boats Stacked on Dock  in Manteo
Boats Stacked on Dock in Manteo

History of Roanoke Island

Read more of the exciting history of Roanoke Island

The Elizabethan Gardens - horticultural displays and renaisssance statuary

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The Elizabethan Gardens on Roanoke Island is a wonderful blend of gardens and statuary.  I found it to be a very relaxing way to spend a morning.This view shows the entrance to the gardens.  For more information you can go to their website atElizabethangardens.orgThis beautiful gate is at the front of the gardens.This statue is set off by the unusual looking tree behind it.This little statue sits among the ferns.A beautifully tailored English garden.This gazebo sits toward the back of the gardens and overlooks Roanoke Sound.This is a statue of Queen Elizabeth IThere are many little nooks with benches to rest and reflect.Beautiful fountains are throughout the gardens.
The Elizabethan Gardens on Roanoke Island is a wonderful blend of gardens and statuary.  I found it to be a very relaxing way to spend a morning.
The Elizabethan Gardens on Roanoke Island is a wonderful blend of gardens and statuary. I found it to be a very relaxing way to spend a morning.
This view shows the entrance to the gardens.  For more information you can go to their website atElizabethangardens.org
This view shows the entrance to the gardens. For more information you can go to their website atElizabethangardens.org
This beautiful gate is at the front of the gardens.
This beautiful gate is at the front of the gardens.
This statue is set off by the unusual looking tree behind it.
This statue is set off by the unusual looking tree behind it.
This little statue sits among the ferns.
This little statue sits among the ferns.
A beautifully tailored English garden.
A beautifully tailored English garden.
This gazebo sits toward the back of the gardens and overlooks Roanoke Sound.
This gazebo sits toward the back of the gardens and overlooks Roanoke Sound.
This is a statue of Queen Elizabeth I
This is a statue of Queen Elizabeth I
There are many little nooks with benches to rest and reflect.
There are many little nooks with benches to rest and reflect.
Beautiful fountains are throughout the gardens.
Beautiful fountains are throughout the gardens.

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Roanoke Island Festival Park - Elizabeth II

Roanoke Island Festival Park celebrates the very first settlement of the new world by the English. This settlement took place in 1585, over twenty years before Jamestown. Although this settlement did not survive it paved the way for future settlements.

It was in this settlement on Roanoke Island that the first English child, Virginia Dare, was born in America.

In the Festival Park you will find the Elizabeth II a representative ship of the voyage of 1585. Find out about life in the settlement and explore history and 16th century woodworking and games.

For more information visit Roanoke Island

The Lost Colony - outdoor drama

In 1585, 117 men, women and children came to Roanoke Island to settle the area. Three years later when another ship came from England everyone was gone. The mystery of the Lost Colony is performed each summer at the Waterside Theatre on Roanoke Island on the very site where the colony settled over 400 years ago.

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    • Brite-Ideas profile image

      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 

      4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I've never been, would love to go - and the photos are just beautiful

    • Lady Lorelei profile image

      Lorelei Cohen 

      5 years ago from Canada

      I have never been there but I could certainly see myself enjoying a stay there. I love being near the water.

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      Michey LM 

      5 years ago

      I never visit Roanoke Island, but you make me think about it! I pin it in my travel board to have it handy.

      Like usual I love your pictures, you have a great photograph eye.

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      JohnMichael2 

      6 years ago

      just passing through

    • emmaklarkins profile image

      emmaklarkins 

      6 years ago

      Wow, what a beautiful place! I went on a recent vacation to the Outer Banks, and it was so much fun!

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      CoolFoto 

      7 years ago

      No, but it looks beautiful! Blessed by neighborhood Travel Angel and added to www.squidoo.com/angel-of-travel .

    • MargoPArrowsmith profile image

      MargoPArrowsmith 

      7 years ago

      I was on the Outer Banks a few years ago, near Kitty Hawk. I took my dad to the Wright Brother's museum, which I thought would bore me, but i found it very inspiring.

      If I ever bought a beach house I would want it on the Outer Banks!

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Love the lens, as usual on all your lenses the outstanding photos make the visit worthwhile.

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      JenOfChicago LM 

      7 years ago

      I haven't, but I hope to one day - it looks like a beautiful place to take photos!

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      Sensitive Fern 

      7 years ago

      I thought Roanoke was in Virginia. My grandma and aunt vacationed in Nag's Head a couple of times, so I know a little about the Outer Banks.

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      Wednesday-Elf 

      7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I've been in, around and through North Carolina many times, but somehow never made it to the Outer Banks. With each story I read about it, the more I want to go. Meanwhile, thanks for sharing Roanoke Island with me through your wonderful photos.

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      ohcaroline 

      8 years ago

      No not yet...but it's on my list of places to go. I've been up and down the NC coast...just not there. That area is wonderful to visit. Beautiful pics as usual from you.

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      oztoo lm 

      8 years ago

      Sounds like an interesting place to visit and your photo's are lovely.

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      Marelisa 

      8 years ago

      Looks beautiful, although that story of the 400 missing settlers is kind of scary.

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      Faye Rutledge 

      8 years ago from Concord VA

      As many times as we've visited the Outer Banks, we've never been to Roanoke Island. Now I want to go on our next trip down. A great lens!

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      julieannbrady 

      8 years ago

      AH, yes we have -- nice place to visit I say.

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      greenerme 

      8 years ago

      I have been to the OBX, I loved it! I also visited Roanoke Island and drove the entire length of the Outer Banks. It was a road trip I'll never forget. Great work!

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 

      8 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Great photos (as usual!). Definitely makes me want to visit Roanoke Island.

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      eccles1 

      8 years ago

      You take nice pictures!

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      Sandy Mertens 

      9 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      I would love to visit Roanoke Island. It looks so beautiful!

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      Deb Kingsbury 

      9 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Looks like a lovely place. I miss the east sometimes.

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      Seeking Pearls 

      9 years ago from Pueblo West

      Lovely photos and fine presentation. The Lost Colony sounds spooky.5*

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      norma-holt 

      9 years ago

      Very nice lens, love the pics, good presentation 5*

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      Susan Deppner 

      9 years ago from Arkansas USA

      We love Roanoke Island and Manteo. Haven't been there for years, since we moved away from the east coast, but I'd love to visit again. I think I've seen "The Lost Colony" twice. Highly recommend the park. We have many great memories of the Outer Banks. Thanks for the reminders!

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      Robin S 

      9 years ago from USA

      This is a stunning lens! Nice work!

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      GrowWear 

      9 years ago

      Yes, we had an Outer Banks vacation once, and loved every minute of it. Great lens!

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      Don't know why someone would have given you less than 5 stars on this beautiful lens! I think it is remarkable...I love your photos!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      9 years ago from United States

      Beautiful pictures! I especially like the solitary sailboat at dusk. Great Lens

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      Heather Burns 

      9 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Love it! Nicely told tale of the island and beautiful photos too! 5*****

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