Roanoke Island Festival Park Information
Located in Manteo, this 25-acre interactive historic site is convenient to all of our vacation rentals in the Outer Banks. Only 5 miles from Nags Head and 30 minutes from both Hatteras Island and Kitty Hawk, this park is a must-see for all visitors and guests to the Outer Banks. With tons of Outer Banks history, nature, recreation and family activities this is the ideal choice for a day outing with the entire family.
The Elizabeth II 16th Century Representative Ship
At the park you can board and explore the Elizabeth II from every angle. Built in the early 1980’s, as part of the America’s 400th Anniversary Celebration, this vessel was modeled after the ship Elizabeth that sailed from England in 1585. Launched in November of 1983, the Elizabeth II is 69 feet long, 17 feet wide and draws 8 feet of water. While on deck, assist the “16th century sailors” to set the sails, plot a course with an astrolabe or swab the decks while enjoying sound views from the quarterdeck. Raise the ships anchor, play checkers with a sailor or search for surprises in barrels and boxes. All while learning about historic Roanoke voyages from the friendly staff of sailors.
American Indian Town
Explore Coastal Algonquian culture and history in one of the newest exhibits to Roanoke Island Festival Park. The town represents an American Indian community that would be similar to those found by English explorers during their voyages to Roanoke Island in the late 16th century. Follow winding paths to explore interactive exhibits that focus on the developing relationship between American Indians and English settlers. Two 30 foot longhouses (historical homes of regional American Indians), a ceremonial dance circle and three work shelters are found at this historical exhibit. Amongst other activities, visitors can learn traditional mat and basket weaving, boat building and food preparation.
Have you ever wondered what daily life was like for soldiers and sailors who traveled her to build a permanent English colony? The Settlement Site at Roanoke Island Festival Park provides interpreters in 16th century costumes who guide visitors through the settlement. While learning about these earlier times, participating in Elizabethan games and traditional woodworking, and observing the blacksmith fashion his iron wares are just a few highlights of your tour.
Roanoke Adventure Museum
Take a self-guided tour through 400 years of Outer Banks history in this interactive museum. Children can dress up in 16th century costumes, view a miniature longhouse and study maps of generations of shipwrecks. Additional education opportunities include 16th century navigation with an astrolabe, learning about Outer Banks hunting, fishing and boatbuilding traditions, viewing quotes from Thomas Hariot’s journal and much more!
The Roanoke Island Festival Park offers year round music, dance, drama, opera and children’s shows, performed by some of North Carolina’s best young talent. The series includes talent from all campuses of the University of North Carolina school system. If you love music and grand productions, you’ll be delighted with Roanoke Island Festival Park’s, summer Performance Series.