The North Carolina Coast

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  • 1. Fort Raleigh National Historic Site

    Museum/Gallery

    Fort Raleigh is a restoration of the original 1584–90 earthworks that mark the beginning of English-colonial history in America. The site has...Read More

  • 2. Elizabethan Gardens

    Garden/Arboretum

    The lush gardens, 3 miles north of downtown Manteo, are a 10-acre re-creation of 16th-century English gardens, established as an elaborate memorial...Read More

  • 3. National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center

    Information Center

    If you've ever wondered what actually constitutes a national wildlife refuge, this is the place to find out. In a new LEED-certified facility...Read More

  • 4. North Carolina Aquarium at Roanoke Island

    Zoo/Aquarium

    Occupying 68,000 square feet of space overlooking Croatan Sound, 3 miles northeast of Manteo, this aquarium underwent a major $4.5 million renovation...Read More

  • 5. Roanoke Island Festival Park

    Museum/Gallery

    This multifunctional attraction sits on the waterfront in Manteo. Costumed interpreters conduct tours of the 69-foot ship Elizabeth II, a...Read More

  • 6. The Lost Colony

    Arts/Performance Venue

    Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Green's drama was written in 1937 to mark the 350th birthday of Virginia Dare, the first English child born in the...Read More

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