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    NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island

    by jmpncsu Written Jan 5, 2014
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    The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island in Manteo is one of three state aquariums. Located right across the bridge from Nags Head and Cape Hatteras, this is a great rainy day activity if you're staying on the Outer Banks. My wife and visited recently on such a day and had a very nice time. It's not a real big aquarium nor are there exotic exhibits from every corner of the planet. So if that's what you're looking for, you may be disappointed. But if you like a smaller place with a more narrow scope, then you'll enjoy this aquarium. The focus is on the aquatic and marine life of the Outer Banks. The exhibits start with creatures that live in coastal freshwater, like fish, frogs, toads, lizards, and poisonous snakes. Moving closer to the sea, the next set of exhibits are for life in the wetlands and estuarine waters. Some of the critters you'll see here include river otters, turtles, and alligators (including an albino alligator). Next are the marine communities, with sea horses and some really beautiful fish. Finally, there is the Open Ocean tank home to the largest collections of sharks in North Carolina. The day we visited, we got to watch a fish feeding. It was really amazing to me that despite the limited scope of the aquarium (waters of the Outer Banks), there was such an amazing diversity of life.

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    The Weeping Radish

    by islandtaryn Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    There is a terrific microbrewery in Manteo. It is run by a German fellow (they do know their beer) named Uli. He does a number of brews that have become his anchors on the menu but also brews a number of specials for the particular season or holiday. They are all great!
    If you visit near the holidays, try the one he calls "Fest". It is luscious.
    The pub is located on the main street in Manteo next to the "Christmas Shop" (see next tip).

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    Roanoke Island Festival Park

    by grandmaR Updated Apr 4, 2011
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    As we went in at 11:40, they said that the movie Two Path would be in 20 minutes that would not be shown again until 2 pm. We browsed in the gift shop and then went into what we thought was the movie theatre. Someone popped in said that if we wanted to see the movie TwoPath, that we were in the wrong place.

    That's one of the things that I didn't like about this place - there was no map of it that I could find - I found it hard to get a handle on where things were.

    The movie was 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.

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    The Christmas Shop and Island Gallery

    by islandtaryn Updated Jul 23, 2005

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    This place is a great way to while away an afternoon. The Christmas Shop is chock full of beautiful ornaments and decorations, many of them quite unusual in my opinion. If you are looking for themed ornaments for your tree this is the place to go. It's dark and very sparkly inside...great fun for kids of all ages.

    The Christmas Shop is attached to the Island Gallery. There you'll find a most lovely collection from local artists. Last time I visited there had been a nice selection of jewelry added too.

    Both these places have always been favorites of mine. I hope you enjoy them too.

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    Docking

    by NC_Ziggy Updated Jul 2, 2005

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    Bringing Her In...

    I don't know... There's just something about the water and the wind and the combination of the two that allows travel to become possible! I would love to spend a day on one of these... Care to come along?

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    Red Sails

    by NC_Ziggy Updated Jul 2, 2005

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    Red Sails at Night, Sailor's Delight...

    I wish I could have been aboard this beauty! How gracefully she moved with the wind billowing her sails and the sound of the water against her bow... No wonder ships are always referred to as ladies!

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    Blacksmith's Shop

    by NC_Ziggy Updated Jul 2, 2005

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    Blacksmith's Workplace

    If your feet feel more at home on solid ground, then maybe some horseshoes would help keep you grounded! Be careful, though... I think they may scuff your hardwood floors.

    Ok, horseshoes are for horses, silly! You can see how these and many tools and essential items were created and repaired here... Don't get too close because this is hot, hard work!

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    Maritime Museum

    by NC_Ziggy Updated Jul 2, 2005

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    Maritime Museum

    For all of you landlubbers, come get a feel for the sea at the Maritime Museum! There are exhibits and articles from the hundreds of years of maritime history that has been such a large part of the area and its rich heritage...

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    Manteo Walkway

    by NC_Ziggy Updated Jul 2, 2005

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    Manteo Walkway

    Many covered and shaded walkways lead you to many interesting and quaint shops and points of interest. If Antiques are your thing, there are several shops that feature Early American, nautical, and Civil War era items. Browse your Buns Off!

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    Mainstreet Manteo

    by NC_Ziggy Updated Jul 2, 2005

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    Mainstreet in Manteo

    Mainstreet & Downtown Manteo reminds you of a sleepy Southern town that could be anywhere in 10 or 12 different states. As previously mentioned, you would be hard pressed to imagine the Atlantic Ocean only 10 miles away!

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    Elizabeth II

    by NC_Ziggy Updated Jul 2, 2005

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    Elizabeth II- Another View

    Like her namesake, Elizabeth II is a square-rigged bark with three masts. She is 69 feet long and 17 feet wide and draws 8 feet of water. Her main topmast is 65 feet tall. Elizabeth II is rated by 16th-century standards as a 50-tunne ship. In those days, estimates of a ship’s tonnage were based on its capacity to carry tunnes, or 252-gallon barrels. Average tonnage for English merchant ships was 121 tunnes.

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    Elizabeth II

    by NC_Ziggy Updated Jul 2, 2005

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    Elizabeth II

    The Elizabeth II was built to commemorate the 400th Anniversary of the first sailing to North Carolina shores by brave English settlers. It was designed and named to model one of the original vessels called "Elizabeth" and is a fitting tribute to their efforts.

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    Manteo Courthouse

    by NC_Ziggy Updated Jul 2, 2005

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    Manteo Courthouse

    The Courthouse presents a picturesque view of architecture and Southern charm as it existed in years past. It makes for a great photograph but I hope if you visit, it is to close the deal and register the deed of the new property that you just bought, instead of appearing in front of a judge for your dreadful criminal activities! I know you wouldn't do anything like that... would you? ;-)

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    Harbor Lights

    by NC_Ziggy Updated Jul 2, 2005

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    The Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse

    Imagine the sound of waves slapping gently against the pier pilings as somewhere in the distance, a buoy bobbles in the water as its bell signals its presence. You have just imagined yourself here! ;-)

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    Holding on the the Past in Manteo

    by NC_Ziggy Updated Jul 2, 2005

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    Harbor Lights

    Like a vision of olden days seen through a velvet mist, the Town of Manteo draws and beckons to you... You must obey! This is really a neat place and one you will be appreciative of having visited. Let the Harbor Lights guide you to a place where you feel most at home!

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