First we saw a movie about the first few English ships that came to Roanoke Island and involved three native American's from three tribes - Manteo, Skyco and Wanchese. (Those are the three towns on the island.) The Elizabeth II was down in Wanchese having been hauled for repairs.
We walked around the reconstructed village, watched the blacksmith make a nail, and went out to the dock where the ship had been. The populace of the village tried to talk in Elizabethean English (one of them said that the 'k' that we normally leave silent was pronounced then, like k-not and k-now)
2005 Admission Prices
Adult $8 Student (6-17) $5
Child (5 & under) Free
Roanoke Island Festival Park Hours of Operation
* Roanoke Island Festival Park will be closed from January 1 - February 17 for annual ship and facility maintenance.*
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. February 18 - March 31
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 1 - June 15
10 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 16 - August 15
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. August 16 - October 31
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. November 1 - December 31 (Closed November 24 and December 23,24,25)
Admission to the Park includes Elizabeth II sailing vessel, the Settlement Site, the Roanoke Adventure Museum, The Legend of Two Path film, the History Garden, daily scheduled programs and more. There is no admission ticket purchase necessary to enjoy shopping for treasures in The Museum Store, viewing the exhibits in the Roanoke Island Festival Park Art Gallery, hunting for fossils in the Fossil Pit, walking along the soundside boardwalks, or relaxing or picnicking on the grounds.
If you are going to drive down to Bodie Island, it isn't much farther to go across the Bonner bridge to the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge
* Pea Island Visitor Center is open 9-4 daily. It offers two wildlife trails that are open year round during daylight hours and are fully disabled-accessible. One of the North Pond Wildlife Trail is a half-mile trail which offers spectacular wildlife observation any season. The best birding is during the fall and winter. The trail is located near the Visitor Center which is approximately 3.5 miles south of Oregon Inlet. Most visitors walk this trail to the end - a double-level tower - and then retrace their steps to the Visitor Center and their vehicles
There is also a photography blind located very near NC Highway 12.
Unless an area is signed as "Closed to Public Entry", you may wander throughout the beach, salt flats and dune areas of the refuge.
Pea Island offers access to both the Atlantic Ocean and Pamlico Sound for saltwater fishing
The admission there was $7 for seniors, but we could get a combination pass for $17 that would admit us to the gardens, the aquarium and the festival park.
Then we walked the mile line trail in the garden. This is a garden in honor of the first colonists. It has many modern plants, so I don't know where the Elizabethan part comes in. They do have some iris, but most of the garden is very heavily shaded, so I can't imagine that they do very well there.
The Gardens are home to hundreds of species of wildflowers, trees, herbs, and shrubs, as well as a substantial collection of valuable antique garden ornaments and ancient statuary. Rhododendron, tulips, azaleas and dogwoods peak in late April. Magnolias, lilies, and hydrangeas reach bloom in late July. And marigolds, impatiens, and hibiscus provide brilliant autumn color.
Elizabethan Gardens Hours:
January: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., seven days a week; Closed New Years Day
February: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., seven days a week
March: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., seven days a week
April: 9 a.m.-6 p.m., seven days a week
May: 9 a.m.-6 p.m., seven days a week
June: 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday - Saturday; 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Sundays
July: 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday - Saturday; 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Sundays
August: 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday - Saturday; 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Sundays
September: 9 a.m.-6 p.m., seven days a week
October: 9 a.m.-6 p.m., seven days a week
November: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., seven days a week; Closed Thanksgiving Day
December: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., seven days a week; Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
About 20 minutes drive fron Kill Devil Hills...the Bodie Island lighthouse is in excellent condition.
Tours are available.
Built in 1872, it is 156' tall, with a 19 mile visability.
Hours are 9am to 5pm
Cost....FREE (We like that).
South on Rt. 12, signs are plentiful, easy to find.
At the center of the village is the Whalehead Club and Currituck Lighthouse complex. Millionaire industrialists built the Whalehead Club in the 1920's as a base for waterfowl hunting expeditions to the Banks. Today, the Club is being restored to its original glory and serves as a waterfowl museum.
Next door, the red brick Currituck lighthouse towers over the landscape. The northernmost of the Carolina lighthouses, the 180-foot structure is open for climbing in the summer months and features a small museum and the restored lightkeeper's house.
The northernmost accessible town on the Outer Banks, Corolla has seen rapid development over the past ten years. Up until 1984, when the state extended Highway 12 north from the Dare County line, the town was a sleepy seaside village.
Today, multimillion dollar vacation homes dwarf the village proper and make Corolla one of the most desirable upscale vacation destinations in the country. Ironically, it was the opening of the road and the ensuing traffic that eventually led to the relocation of one of Corolla's most famous attractions, the wild ponies.
These works of art are all over town, and would be a good time to find them all. A car is a must for this treasure hunt!
This horse was in front of the Jolly Roger Restaurant.