DescriptionOn historic Roanoke Island, Manteo is reached by causeway from the east or west. In 1585 the English tried to establish their first New World colony at Roanoke Island. Nearby, Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside's Union forces won the Battle of Roanoke Island in 1862. In 1902 the island and Hatteras were the scenes of Reginald A. Fessenden's experiments in wireless telegraphy.
Downeast Rover sightseeing cruises depart from the waterfront marina on Queen Elizabeth Avenue for a 2-hour trip along Roanoke Sound, where the resident wildlife includes dolphins, herons and osprey; phone (252) 473-4866 or (866) 724-5629. Note: Parents should bring an appropriately sized life jacket for younger children; due to its length the cruise is not recommended for under age 6.
Visitor InfoOuter Banks Visitors Bureau 1 Visitors Center Cir. MANTEO, NC 27954. Phone:(252)473-2138 or (877)629-4386
Things to SeeElizabethan Gardens
FORT RALEIGH NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE
“The Lost Colony”