Looking for History and Charm?
Look no further than Manteo. Whether you are staying in Manteo or planning a day trip, you will be sure to enjoy the beautiful quaintness of this Outer Banks town. Stroll the downtown streets of one of North Carolina's oldest towns or visit one of the unique attractions and restaurants. Download a walking and biking map here.
What to Do and Where to Go?
We've put together our list of must-dos when in Manteo below.
Overlooking the docks at Pirate’s Cove Marina, Blue Water Grill & Raw Bar provides the dining public with a memorable experience. With panoramic water views of the marina and Bodie Island Lighthouse, enjoy fresh & local seafood prepared in exciting and delicious ways.
Whether you are looking for raw oysters, a family-friendly atmosphere, or to enjoy a drink and listen to music at Mimi's Tiki Hut.... we have something for everyone!
Poor Richard's has been a Manteo icon since 1984, proudly serving deli sandwiches to the town and broader Outer Banks area. Their dishes use Boar's Head products to deliver bread-bound meat and cheese creations that delight foodies of all palates. Their menu ranges from classics, like Italian subs and their famous Reuben, to their specialty sandwiches, like the Heart Attack Wrap and the Angry Burger complete with pimento cheese, applewood bacon and jalapeño.
Operated by the Daniels family for more than five decades, Darrell's is a family-style seafood restaurant that's been a favorite since 1960. Seafood is their specialty; the fried oysters are widely regarded as the best around, served with the traditional fixings of coleslaw, French fries and hush puppies. Darrell's has a wood-fired grill for barbecue and many other options for the land lovers. Both a children's menu and lighter fare options are also available. Darrell's helpings are generous – you won’t leave hungry, and their desserts are homemade and delicious!
Olives A Greek Kitchen brings the flavors and foods of Greece to the Manteo and the northern Outer Banks. The owners, established restaurateurs from New York, offer authentic dishes like tzatziki, hummus, dolmades, saganaki, spanakopita, souvlaki, moussaka, baklava, and more. If you're not sure what all that is, don't worry; the menu explains it all very well, and there are hybrid dishes that combine Greek flavors with more familiar foods (Greek Tacos, anyone?). The menu features appetizers, gyros, entrees, pizzas, sides, kids' options, and desserts. Seafood, chicken, beef, and vegetarian options are available. Be sure to save room for homemade desserts. This restaurant is in the Waterfront Shops, one flight up from street level, and offers views of Shallowbag Bay and the downtown Manteo waterfront.
At Lost Colony Tavern, they're bringing the flavors of the Old World to the Outer Banks with British-style beers made with ingredients imported from the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland, traditional British Isles dishes, and a Signature Cocktails program centered around Irish Whiskeys, Scotch Whiskeys, and London Dry Gins.
In addition to their British dishes, they also offer a selection of dishes featuring fresh local seafood exclusively sourced from Roanoke Island waters: Pamlico Sound Blue Crab picked and cleaned in neighboring Hyde County along with Greentail Shrimp and a rotating daily selection of indigenous fish from the Port of Wanchese on the south side of Roanoke Island.
If you’re looking for a seafood restaurant with a casual, family-friendly vibe and amazing water views from every seat, you've found it in Avenue Grille. Located on the waterfront in historic downtown Manteo, NC, Avenue Grille is one of the few Outer Banks restaurants where you can arrive by boat and walk right up the stairs for a fresh meal and a cocktail. Their diverse menu features 100% local seafood, all-natural proteins and fresh produce. Better yet, they make everything from scratch! From expertly prepared fresh fish entrees to artisan flatbread pizzas and beyond, everyone in your party is guaranteed to find something they love.
More than just ice cream! Ice cream, Italian ice, sundaes, floats, shakes and smoothies. Gourmet chocolates and fudge. Hot dogs, sausage, meatball subs, Southern BBQ, chicken sandwiches. Desserts by the slice or whole pies. Coffee and pastries.
Experience a new adventure in an old world at Roanoke Island Festival Park. This 27-acre historic site allows guests of all ages to experience first-hand what life was like for the first English settlers in 1585. Historic costumed interpreters are featured throughout the Settlement Site and the Elizabeth II ship to demonstrate how the first settlers lived, worked and played on Roanoke Island. For a hands-on history lesson, visit American Indian Town and the Adventure Museum that feature interactive exhibits that all ages will enjoy. Experience an unforgettable adventure on the Outer Banks at Roanoke Island Festival Park - where history comes alive.
Located within Fort Raleigh National Historic Site next to The Lost Colony’s Waterside Theatre, The Elizabethan Gardens encompasses ten acres of botanical and sculptural delights. Seasonal changes bring an array of flowering plants, shrubs and trees that have drawn visitors to return again and again.
First staged in 1937, The Lost Colony is the nation’s premier and longest-running outdoor symphonic drama. Experiencing The Lost Colony has become a tradition for many. Come see epic battles and Indian dances. Experience the sorrow and heartbreak of tragedy and loss. Witness the pageantry of the Queen and her court and celebrate the birth of Virginia Dare, the first English child born in America. There is music, laughter, romance, and dance.
Visit Island Farm, a living history site that tells the story of the everyday Outer Bankers that lived on Roanoke Island in the 1850s. Here, an island family experienced the impacts of the Civil War, performed harrowing rescues as members of the US Life-Saving Service, and assisted the Wright Brothers in their dream of achieving powered flight, all while feeding chickens, fishing the sounds, and growing corn for grinding at the windmill.
The 61,000 square-foot facility is sited on 16 acres overlooking the Croatan Sound and houses over 2,200 animals. More than 280,000 guests visit the aquarium each year to see a large array of sharks, learn about sea turtle conservation, participate in a variety of programs, enjoy the beauty of the area, and learn why North Carolina's waterways are so special. As an educational attraction, we are focused on “inspiring appreciation and conservation of our aquatic environments.”
They have over 14,000 square feet of an indoor adventure park. Jumpmasters OBX is the ONLY trampoline park on the beach. They are much more than trampolines (even though they are awesome). The park is fun for all ages, it has something for everyone: dodgeball, ninja warrior course, foam pits, battle beam, climbing wall and so much more. Get your adrenaline pumping and your face grinning from ear to ear.
Stretching out 40 yards and tucked into Shallowbag Bay you will find the Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse. The lighthouse reminds you more of a small coastal cottage with its white exterior accented with black shutters and a brick-red roof. Capping the lighthouse is a Fresnel lens reaching out 2’ wide and up 4’ tall. Stroll down the weathered deck boards and visit the lighthouse to enjoy its never-ending views of the beautiful Roanoke Sound.
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