Roanoke Island

An Island Full of History and Charm
The Aquarium on Roanoke Island hosts the largest shark collection in North Carolina.

Where Is Roanoke Island?

Roanoke Island, North Carolina is an island in Dare County located  on the Outer Banks. It was named after the historical Roanoke Carolina Algonquian people who inhabited the area in the 16th century. Roanoke Island is approximately eight miles long and two miles wide.

Manteo, NC on Roanoke Island

The most recognized area of Roanoke Island is Manteo, NC. The Town of Manteo offers a delightful waterfront area with galleries, antiques, restaurants, boutiques, souvenir stores, ice cream shops, and more.  Stroll along the waterfront boardwalk, relax over lunch at an outdoor cafe, smell the bright blooms hanging from window boxes, and wave to passing boaters.

Roanoke Island Attractions

Other Roanoke Island N.C. attractions include the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, the North Carolina Aquarium, and the magnificent Elizabethan Gardens.  The outdoor drama, The Lost Colony, is a "must see" for any Roanoke Island visitor. First staged in 1937, it tells the story of the country's oldest unsolved mystery through music, dance, and drama.

Roanoke Island Transportation

Getting around Roanoke Island is a breeze! A walking/bike trail runs throughout the island, and Downtown Manteo is quite pedestrian-friendly. You can visit many scenic and historic attractions by foot or bike. Everything on Roanoke Island is a short drive by car; parking is readily available near Roanoke Island Festival Park, and signs point the way to area attractions.

We offer Outer Banks vacation rentals that are just minutes away from all Roanoke Island attractions. Call us today to ask about what rentals are close by!