This is called an Adventure Museum because the displays are set up for participation. You can dress in Elizabethan costume and learn how 16th-century sailors navigated their ships. There are exhibits on an Outer Banks Life-saving Station - much-needed in the early 1900s, when more than 1,000 ships wrecked in the Graveyard of the Atlantic. You can...more
There was a huge blow-up crab in the lobby with a sign saying "Happy Holidays from Sandy Claws". Bob took my picture in the grasp of the claws (see second picture), but it was very soft focus because it wasn't very light and that makes the exposure time longer which he didn't know.This is a small but very nice aquarium - they start you out in the...more
We went over to Roanoke Island two days, and on the second day we went to Festival Park. As we went in, we were told that there would be a 40 minute movie shown at noon (in 20 minutes) that would not be shown again until 2 pm. So we browsed a bit in the gift shop and then went into what we thought was the movie theatre. Someone popped in and asked...more
I was particularly interested in this garden because someone on VT has a tip under Elizabeth City where she says "The thing I liked a lot was going to the Elisibeatan Garden. .. I miss seeing the beatiful flowers and plants and sitting by the ocean and listening to the waves.." But the Elizabethan Gardens are NOT in Elizabeth City. And neither the...more
Folks, those who know me know I never have been real big on flowers, even before I started having allergies at 17. I visited the Elizabethan Gardens in June, 1977 when Daddy deferred to Mama's wishes to visit all these flowers. The gardens were landscaped in the 1950s as a living memorial to Britain's first attempt to colonise the Americas. I am no...more
Not all the restaurants were open this time of year, but this one was. It was a very friendly and inexpensive place and the food was good.They introduced me to Carolina clam chowder. It was completely different from any that I've had before. It wasn't milk based like New England style, nor was it tomato based like NY style. It was a clear broth...more
The air of a small family-owned restaurant. The atmosphere is no different from a family diner 100 miles (170 km.) inland. What it lacks in decor, it more than compensates in terms of good food and friendly service. When we would come in the 1980s, Daddy was a member of the Rotary Club. He made up his absence from the one at home by attending the...more
Really on a fisherman's wharf at the end of US 345. From the windows of the restaurant, you can see the fresh seafood being offloaded from the boats. Friends and neighbours, it doesn't get much fresher than that. Many times, restaurants blessed with such a great view as the Wanchese Harbour charge extra for that, but the Fisherman's Wharf offers...more
Every summer since 1927 (with the exception of the World War 2 years- due to blackout rules), they have put on a production of the historical event that made Roanoke Island famous. Roanoke Island was the first English colony in the Americas, but it wasn't permanent because the colonists mysteriously disappeared. Famous actor Andy Griffith got his start acting in "The Lost Colony" in the 1940s.
The Nags Head-Manteo Causeway is the bridge that links eastern Roanoke Island to Nags Head and the Outer Banks. This isn't just an ordinary bridge. It has a high hump in the middle to allow for passage of taller ships and, as you get closer to Nags Head, especially, there are plenty of shops and restaurants on either side.
Mosquitoes are a big problem here as opposed to most parts of the Outer Banks. See, Roanoke Island is further inland so the air is more stagnant than at oceanfront. There as also more stagnant water. Furthermore, they are either so small they can fly through the holes of a screen porch or so large as to be able to break it down. Just as you apply sun block during the day at the beach, you should apply mosquito repellent during the evenings.
This is a replica of an 1877 screwpile lighthouse that was located offshore in Croatan Sound. It was decommisioned by the US Coast Guard in 1955. It has a short tower with the lantern on roof of the 1 1/2 story wooden keeper's house. An attempt to move the structure to the mainland by an individual destroyed it beyond repair.The replica was...more
After we visited the Aquarium and had lunch, we thought the Maritime Museum might make a good next stop. Unfortunately, it was closed - at that time of year it was only open Thursday to Sunday. The North Carolina Maritime Museum of Roanoke Island is located in the George Washington Creef Boathouse on the downtown Manteo waterfront. We looked...more
Every time we drove over to Roanoke Island, we passed this marina next to the causeway. Their website says:
"Pirate's Cove boasts a protected, deep water, full service marina consisting of 179 slips and a charter dock of 24 sportfish boats, which ranks as one of the world's finest and most experienced.
"The depth within the basin at mean low tide is between 7' and 8', with a tide of only about 1'
"We have a fuel dock for gas and diesel, but almost all of the boats can fuel right in their slips from mid-fueling stations strategically placed along our docks."
Equipment: $1.80/ft daily and weekly
Please call for annual rate
Dockage rates include water, electric, and cable. Internet access is also available in our shipstore. Our staff includes a dock crew who works tirelessly all season long to provide transients, charter captains, and slip owners with fuel, bait, ice, or anything else they may need.
.. my grandfather visited Roanoke Island and mailed some post cards to my grandmother from Maneo. He didn't say much on any of the cards. Mostly all that was written was her address. The first card is General Ambrose's headquarters. Early in the Civil War (1862) Flag Officer Louis M. Goldsborough and B.Gen Ambrose E. Burnside led a sea and land...more
From 1967-2005, visitors have been discovering the special magic of the Christmas Shop and Island Gallery. Browse through room after room (36 in all) of Christmas decorations. There is also a Halloween Shop. Gifts include music boxes, jewelry, toys, decoys and Outer Banks souvenirs. I have known about it since the first three trips there in the...more