When thinking about the Town of Manteo, the word "history" comes to mind. Not only is it the home of the Lost Colony, but it is also the birthplace of Virginia Dare, the first English child born on Roanoke Island. This means that Manteo is one of the oldest communities in eastern North Carolina.
Ever heard of Andy Griffith from the Andy Griffith Show and Matlock? Well, he was a long-time resident of Manteo.
The Roanoke Island Festival Park is also in Manteo - home to large events and great music! Read More.
The incorporated town of Manteo (part of Dare County, NC) is located in the middle of Roanoke Island, and its waterfront is surrounded by the Roanoke, Croatan, and Albemarle sounds. While the Manteo waterfront is pretty amazing, there is no Atlantic Ocean beach here. However, the beaches of Nags Head are easy and quick to access.
There are so many fun attractions and activities to keep you busy in Manteo. A must-do activity is to visit the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and The Lost Colony’s Waterside Theatre, home to the "The Lost Colony" play. It's an excellent performance with real-life actors bringing history to life! In the background, you can see the replica of the Elizabeth II which brought the early settlers. You can go aboard and join in with the characters.
In Manteo, you will also need to visit the Elizabethan Gardens. Walk through the amazing beauty of foliage filling the property and donning lights, visit the gift shop, or join in on some of the events at the site.
Another fun day activity is visiting the North Carolina Aquarium. Here kids of all ages will enjoy seeing different water creatures including sharks and stingrays and can visit the Sea Turtle Assistance and Rehabilitation (STAR) center or join one of the workshops. Reservations are required at the Aquarium.
Take a trip to historic downtown Manteo and pass the charming cottages and historic homes to find local shops/boutiques and restaurants close and convenient to each other. There are art galleries galore, wine shops, antique shops, and a great bookstore. You will also come across a waterfront boardwalk, a park, a playground, picnic areas, and boats sitting in the harbor. Don't forget to visit the Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse also.
In Downtown Manteo, you will also find the Roanoke Island Festival Park. Check out the schedule and catch a festival and/or some live bands. This is also the home of the Bluegrass Festival in September.
Plan your trip to Manteo for the first weekend in June and you can experience Dare Days. It kicks off on Saturday with this two-day event featuring vendors, live music, games, activities, and food trucks. Locals and visitors alike certainly enjoy this event, especially on a nice sunny day!
Since Manteo is surrounded by water, boating or water sports are also fun-filled activities for guests as well! Find a dolphin tour, grab a kayak, or stand-up paddleboard, and have a great time.
Summer in Manteo has the warmest months of the year and contains the most sunshine. Spring and Fall, while cooler, do allow for the ability to enjoy activities without the crazy heat. In Manteo, NC, during these seasons, the roads, stores, and restaurants are the least crowded. However, a good number of locals live in Manteo year-round, so you are sure to see activity throughout the year.
During the winter months, the weather is cooler, it is foggy, and rains, but the temperature hardly ever goes below twenty degrees. However, the winter provides peace and tranquility and there are still sunshine-filled days. Manteo does not get much snow, but now and then some flurries will show up. Hurricane season runs from June 1st to November 30th so if you are planning on a visit to Manteo during that time, be sure to keep an eye on the weather reports.
Manteo, located on Roanoke Island, is reachable from the west via the Virginia Dare Memorial Bridge. If coming from areas such as Raleigh, Roanoke Rapids, and Greenville, this is how you would get there. Manteo is accessible from the other direction after coming over the Wright Brothers Memorial Bridge to the north and going down Croatan Hwy south past there, through Nags Head, and over the Washington Baum Bridge.
At KEES, our goal is to provide the absolute best of Outer Banks vacation rentals; flexibility in your stay dates, amenity packages that make your stay more enjoyable, and service that will bring you back. Click here for the list of signature amenities found in our Manteo vacation rentals. We also are proud of our FlexStay™ program. This allows guests to begin their vacation any day of the week with no 7-night minimum restrictions. Several of the Manteo/Roanoke Island vacation rentals have private pools (maybe even a heated pool), hot tubs, and/or allow pets. Search our vast selection of vacation rental properties to find the one that fits the family's needs and has the availability that you desire.
KEES Vacations has several vacation rentals in Manteo on Roanoke Island and are continuously adding more. Whether you stay in a vacation rental property not in a specific community or one that is located in the beautiful Pirate's Cove or Shallowbag Bay communities, you are sure to have a fantastic Manteo vacation.
The Town of Manteo is a unique and quaint hidden gem of the Outer Banks. It is a "must do" when thinking about an Outer Banks vacation. You will love the charm and quiet streets of this area so much that you might not even want to leave and venture out to other towns of the Outer Banks! KEES offers vacation rentals in Manteo that are pet-friendly, close to the Roanoke Sound, have a pool and/or hot tub, are on the marina, and have a great location. Also, the number of bedrooms in our Manteo vacation rentals ranges from 1 bedroom to 5 bedrooms.
Visitors love The Town of Manteo NC. While busier in the summer months, it is still a town of beauty and runs at a slower pace than the other towns of the Outer Banks. It's easy to take a stroll through downtown and explore the sights and sounds of Manteo. Most people who love staying in Manteo do so because of the slower pace and beauty of the town.