The “Mayberry” of the Outer Banks
Manteo is a quaint seaside village located on the barrier islands known as the Outer Banks. This cozy residential community also serves as the government seat for Dare County and offers residents and visitors various cultural and educational opportunities. For decades, commercial fishing characterized Manteo’s economy, but the evolution of tourism, technology and educational opportunities have expanded and enhanced Manteo’s development. In addition to our protected location on Roanoke Island, local charm and southern hospitality define our historic town. With a “small town feel,” our annual community events include First Fridays, Dare Days, Christmas Tree Lighting, Halloween celebration, and Virginia Dare’s Birthday.
In addition to our local events, Manteo is home to area attractions:
Roanoke Island Festival Park: Located on 25 acres of waterfront property, Festival Park is an interactive historic site of the first English settlement in 1585. Home of outdoor concerts, OBX history, recreation and family activities, Festival Parks’ has many opportunities for residents and guests.
The North Carolina Aquarium – Only four NC Aquariums are located in our state and the Outer Banks is home of two facilities – Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head and the NC Aquarium in Manteo. Our aquariums offer educational exhibits, summer programs/camps and family friendly activities regarding our marine life.
Island Farm: An 18th Century working farm that children love and adults admire; this community attraction offers daily tours on the daily life of the working farmer and his family. Watch cloth weaved on a loom, cooking meals over a fire or feeding the livestock – it’s a fun day for families.
The Lost Colony – winner of the prestigious Tony Award of Excellence, The Lost Colony is an outdoor theater that offers daily productions and theater plays about the settling of North America plus other family friendly shows and children’s summer camps.
Fort Raleigh National Forest and Historic Site: Visit the national landmark of England’s first New World settlements from 1584 – 1590 and glimpse into the past lives of the settlers who helped create our nation.
The Elizabethan Gardens: Built as a memorial to Sir Walter Raleigh’s colonists, the Elizabethan Gardens are a snapshot into the strolling gardens of Queen Elizabeth I and a tribute to our heritage. Located on a 10 acre tract of indigenous growth, the two acre garden is a lovely landmark for visitors and residents alike.
Roanoke Island Maritime Museum: Located on the Manteo waterfront, learn about vintage boats and the history of boat building on Roanoke Island.
Farmer’s Market: During our summer months, the downtown waterfront is transformed by local vendors who display and market their arts & crafts, produce, events and services.