Located on Roanoke Island, Manteo has a charm all its own and a definite small town atmosphere. Boating and sportfishing enthusiasts will enjoy Pirate’s Cove Yacht Club and Marina, a world-class deepwater marina with almost 200 boat slips. Charter a deep-sea fishing trip or board a head boat for a half-day of sound fishing.
The many attractions on Roanoke Island worth an afternoon’s exploring include the NC Aquarium, the Elizabethan Gardens, Fort Raleigh and Roanoke Island Festival Park, which offers living history reenactments in addition to concerts and activities. The Dare County Arts Council hosts First Fridays from April through December, with musicians playing around town, art galleries open late and great restaurants and pubs to visit as you stroll around the waterfront. Finally, don’t forget to check out the Lost Colony, the country’s longest-running outdoor drama, which recounts the tale of the first English colonists in the New World, and the fate that may have befell them.