Guidebook for Manteo

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Guidebook for Manteo

Food Scene

Fine dining, water views, great staff, beautiful coppertop bar. May need a reservation: 252 473-1587.
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1587 Restaurant
405 Queen Elizabeth Avenue
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Fine dining, water views, great staff, beautiful coppertop bar. May need a reservation: 252 473-1587.
Great sandwiches; line moves quickly. Eat inside or on the porch overlooking the waterfront. Pub located streetside has live music on weekends. Local scene.
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Poor Richards Sandwich Shop
305 Queen Elizabeth Avenue
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Great sandwiches; line moves quickly. Eat inside or on the porch overlooking the waterfront. Pub located streetside has live music on weekends. Local scene.
Local brewery with indoor and outdoor streetside seating on lively corner.
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Lost Colony Brewery and Cafe
208 Queen Elizabeth Avenue
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Local brewery with indoor and outdoor streetside seating on lively corner.
First opened to serve breakfast to charter boat fishermen some 80 years ago, this laid-back seafood restaurant is an Outer Banks icon. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
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Sam & Omie's
7228 South Virginia Dare Trail
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First opened to serve breakfast to charter boat fishermen some 80 years ago, this laid-back seafood restaurant is an Outer Banks icon. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
The Lone Cedar prides itself on locally purveyed seafood and sides. Serving dinner, it's located on the Manteo-Nags Head Causeway.
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Basnight's Lone Cedar Cafe
7623 South Virginia Dare Trail
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The Lone Cedar prides itself on locally purveyed seafood and sides. Serving dinner, it's located on the Manteo-Nags Head Causeway.
Serene and clean, a great place to get coffee, located just past the courthouse in the Phoenix Shops.
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Charis Coffee Company
107 G Budleigh St
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Serene and clean, a great place to get coffee, located just past the courthouse in the Phoenix Shops.
Located on the main highway, US 64, next to Chesley Mall, the Front Porch is where your Lighthouse Row townhouse coffee beans are roasted.
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Front Porch Cafe-Manteo
300 US-64
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Located on the main highway, US 64, next to Chesley Mall, the Front Porch is where your Lighthouse Row townhouse coffee beans are roasted.

Parks & Nature

Public parking lots along the oceanfront fill quickly. If one is filled, there's another only a street or two away.
Beach Access (Car)
111 E Gulfstream St
Public parking lots along the oceanfront fill quickly. If one is filled, there's another only a street or two away.
The pier is part of the North Carolina Aquarium, featuring educational activities and exhibits. Or just go fishing. Popular beach access with public parking on oceanfront and next to Sam & Omie's Restaurant.
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Jennette's Pier
7223 South Virginia Dare Trail
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The pier is part of the North Carolina Aquarium, featuring educational activities and exhibits. Or just go fishing. Popular beach access with public parking on oceanfront and next to Sam & Omie's Restaurant.
Public parking lots along the oceanfront fill quickly. If one is filled, there's another only a street or two away.
Holden Street
Public parking lots along the oceanfront fill quickly. If one is filled, there's another only a street or two away.
Public parking lots along the oceanfront fill quickly. If one is filled, there's another only a street or two away.
East Hargrove Street
Public parking lots along the oceanfront fill quickly. If one is filled, there's another only a street or two away.
Great beach access with bathhouse on the oceanfront across from Bodie Island Lighthouse, part of Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
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Coquina Beach
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Great beach access with bathhouse on the oceanfront across from Bodie Island Lighthouse, part of Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
Visit the Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center to learn about wildlife, kayaking, trails, and special programs in the refuge, located west of Roanoke Island on the Dare County mainland.
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Coastal Nc Refuges Gateway Visitor Center
100 conservation Way
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Visit the Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center to learn about wildlife, kayaking, trails, and special programs in the refuge, located west of Roanoke Island on the Dare County mainland.
Even if you don't book a ride, it's beautiful to see horses on Coquina Beach at Cape Hatteras National Seashore across from Bodie Island Lighthouse. If you do want to go horseback riding along the ocean, call well in advance: 252 573-8044 and give them the code OBXH5 for a 5% discount.
Outer Banks Horseback
Even if you don't book a ride, it's beautiful to see horses on Coquina Beach at Cape Hatteras National Seashore across from Bodie Island Lighthouse. If you do want to go horseback riding along the ocean, call well in advance: 252 573-8044 and give them the code OBXH5 for a 5% discount.

Sightseeing

Walk along the boardwalk, where you'll see the 16th century representative ship Elizabeth II, and on across the bridge, where you can go aboard her, visit the Adventure Museum, and see special exhibits, films, and performances.
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Roanoke Island Festival Park
1 Festival Park
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Walk along the boardwalk, where you'll see the 16th century representative ship Elizabeth II, and on across the bridge, where you can go aboard her, visit the Adventure Museum, and see special exhibits, films, and performances.
Located across from Lighthouse Row townhouse, the reconstructed screw pile lighthouse is a replica of the one once located at the southern end of Roanoke Island. Enjoy the scenery from the lighthouse platform, or go inside where exhibits are located. The Fresnel lens glows softly at night for a picturesque scene.
Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse
Located across from Lighthouse Row townhouse, the reconstructed screw pile lighthouse is a replica of the one once located at the southern end of Roanoke Island. Enjoy the scenery from the lighthouse platform, or go inside where exhibits are located. The Fresnel lens glows softly at night for a picturesque scene.
Located across the street from Lighthouse Row townhouse, the maritime museum is housed in the George Washington Creef Boathouse. The Elizabeth II sailing ship was built adjacent to the boathouse and launched in 1983. Exhibits and period boats are featured, and sailing classes for children take place in summer.
Roanoke Maritime Museum
104 Fernando St
Located across the street from Lighthouse Row townhouse, the maritime museum is housed in the George Washington Creef Boathouse. The Elizabeth II sailing ship was built adjacent to the boathouse and launched in 1983. Exhibits and period boats are featured, and sailing classes for children take place in summer.
One of three state aquariums in North Carolina, located on the north end of Roanoke Island. Daily educational programs as well as exhibits, and of course, fish!
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North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island
374 Airport Road
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One of three state aquariums in North Carolina, located on the north end of Roanoke Island. Daily educational programs as well as exhibits, and of course, fish!
This non-profit historic site depicts island life circa 1840s, with original house, and reconstructed outbuildings featuring period demonstrations. Visit the ox, cow, sheep, chickens, and horses, or stroll the beautifully tended grounds.
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Island Farm
1140 U.S. 64
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This non-profit historic site depicts island life circa 1840s, with original house, and reconstructed outbuildings featuring period demonstrations. Visit the ox, cow, sheep, chickens, and horses, or stroll the beautifully tended grounds.
Formal gardens along Roanoke Sound commemorate the first English colony in America. Take a self-guided tour or download their app. Shady paths, antique statuary, and ancient live oaks are a respite from sun and sand.
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Elizabethan Gardens
1411 National Park Dr
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Formal gardens along Roanoke Sound commemorate the first English colony in America. Take a self-guided tour or download their app. Shady paths, antique statuary, and ancient live oaks are a respite from sun and sand.
Learn about the first English colony in the new world at this national historic site commemorating the Roanoke Voyages, 1584-1587. Indoor exhibits and outdoor paths make for a relaxing step back into history.
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Fort Raleigh National Historic Site
1401 National Park Dr
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Learn about the first English colony in the new world at this national historic site commemorating the Roanoke Voyages, 1584-1587. Indoor exhibits and outdoor paths make for a relaxing step back into history.
A visitor center and monument to the Wright Brothers' first flight tells the history of man's airborne adventures. And it's what first brought me to the Outer Banks as a park ranger. If you love history, it's a must-see.
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Wright Brothers National Memorial
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A visitor center and monument to the Wright Brothers' first flight tells the history of man's airborne adventures. And it's what first brought me to the Outer Banks as a park ranger. If you love history, it's a must-see.
Bodie Island is the closest light tower to Manteo, located on the northern end of Cape Hatteras National Seashore. A visitor center depicts the history of the lighthouse, which is open to self-guided climbs in season. With some 200 steps up the narrow tower, it's a steep equivalent to climbing a ten-story building. But the views of ocean and sound are great! Tickets are first-come, first served.
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Bodie Island Lighthouse
8210 Bodie Island Lighthouse
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Bodie Island is the closest light tower to Manteo, located on the northern end of Cape Hatteras National Seashore. A visitor center depicts the history of the lighthouse, which is open to self-guided climbs in season. With some 200 steps up the narrow tower, it's a steep equivalent to climbing a ten-story building. But the views of ocean and sound are great! Tickets are first-come, first served.

Arts & Culture

For more than 80 years, some 100 actors, singers, dancers, and technicians gather each summer along the shores of Roanoke Island to perform Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paul Green's outdoor drama. the play tells the story of the famed English colony of men, women, and children, who settled here in 1587 only to disappear from Roanoke Island a few years later, making it America's oldest unsolved mystery. For tickets, call the box office at 252 473-6000.
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The Lost Colony
1409 National Park Drive
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For more than 80 years, some 100 actors, singers, dancers, and technicians gather each summer along the shores of Roanoke Island to perform Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paul Green's outdoor drama. the play tells the story of the famed English colony of men, women, and children, who settled here in 1587 only to disappear from Roanoke Island a few years later, making it America's oldest unsolved mystery. For tickets, call the box office at 252 473-6000.
The gallery is located in the historic Dare County Courthouse, and features local art in a variety of media.
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Dare County Arts Council
300 Queen Elizabeth Ave
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The gallery is located in the historic Dare County Courthouse, and features local art in a variety of media.

Essentials

A five-minute drive to the main highway on US 64 in the Chesley Mall Shopping Center, they have pretty much everything you might need.
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Food-A-Rama Inc
226 US-64
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A five-minute drive to the main highway on US 64 in the Chesley Mall Shopping Center, they have pretty much everything you might need.
For specialty and gourmet items, The Fresh Market is located in Outer Banks Mall in Nags Head, about a 15 to 20-minute drive.
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The Fresh Market
5000 South Croatan Highway
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For specialty and gourmet items, The Fresh Market is located in Outer Banks Mall in Nags Head, about a 15 to 20-minute drive.
Just across the rear courtyard from Lighthouse Row townhouse, friendly service and convenience store items are here for you. If you enjoyed our complimentary bottle of Francis Ford Coppola's Manteo red wine, there's more for sale here.
The StockAide General Store
102A Sir Walter Raleigh St
Just across the rear courtyard from Lighthouse Row townhouse, friendly service and convenience store items are here for you. If you enjoyed our complimentary bottle of Francis Ford Coppola's Manteo red wine, there's more for sale here.

Entertainment & Activities

Take a daytime or sunset cruise on Roanoke Sound aboard a 55-foot topsail schooner. Our friends, the Kims, and their crew offer a memorable sail. USA Today voted the Outer Banks as the 5th best location in the US to watch a sunset! BYOB (bring your own beverages and snacks aboard.) Book online or call 252 473-4866.
Downeast Rover Sailing Cruises
207 Queen Elizabeth Avenue
Take a daytime or sunset cruise on Roanoke Sound aboard a 55-foot topsail schooner. Our friends, the Kims, and their crew offer a memorable sail. USA Today voted the Outer Banks as the 5th best location in the US to watch a sunset! BYOB (bring your own beverages and snacks aboard.) Book online or call 252 473-4866.
Book your OBX Parasail adventure through Kitty Hawk Kites with Rusty and crew for amazing views of Roanoke Sound and the Atlantic Ocean. Their booth is located just down the street next to Poor Richard's Sandwich Shop.
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Kitty Hawk Kites
307 Queen Elizabeth Ave
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Book your OBX Parasail adventure through Kitty Hawk Kites with Rusty and crew for amazing views of Roanoke Sound and the Atlantic Ocean. Their booth is located just down the street next to Poor Richard's Sandwich Shop.
Daily and weekly bike rentals from this shop on the main highway, 627 US 64, with bike delivery and pick up available. Book online, stop in, or call Brian and staff at 252 305-0306. They can tell you about bike trails and scenic rides. Closed Sundays.
Manteo Cyclery
Daily and weekly bike rentals from this shop on the main highway, 627 US 64, with bike delivery and pick up available. Book online, stop in, or call Brian and staff at 252 305-0306. They can tell you about bike trails and scenic rides. Closed Sundays.
With a 98% success rate and a guaranteed dolphin watch, you'll have a great time with Capt. Stuart Wescott on a 2-hour cruise in Roanoke Sound aboard the Captain Johnny. An Outer Banks native, he has lots of stories to tell. Go aboard just across the street on the boardwalk near Poor Richard's Sandwich Shop. To book, call 252 473-1475 or go online to see special coupon offers.
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Captain Johnny's Dolphin Watch
400 Queen Elizabeth Ave
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With a 98% success rate and a guaranteed dolphin watch, you'll have a great time with Capt. Stuart Wescott on a 2-hour cruise in Roanoke Sound aboard the Captain Johnny. An Outer Banks native, he has lots of stories to tell. Go aboard just across the street on the boardwalk near Poor Richard's Sandwich Shop. To book, call 252 473-1475 or go online to see special coupon offers.
Visit Outer Banks Distillery's retail and tasting room for Kill Devil Rum, located two blocks over, near the highway, at 510 Budleigh St. Call 252 423-3011 to reserve a tour and learn about the history of rum making on the Outer Banks.
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Kill Devil Hills Rum
716 US-64
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Visit Outer Banks Distillery's retail and tasting room for Kill Devil Rum, located two blocks over, near the highway, at 510 Budleigh St. Call 252 423-3011 to reserve a tour and learn about the history of rum making on the Outer Banks.
The oldest family-owned movie theatre in the country, the Pioneer opened in 1918 and is still operated by the Creef family. It's two blocks over on Budleigh Street.
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Pioneer Theatre
113 Budleigh St
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The oldest family-owned movie theatre in the country, the Pioneer opened in 1918 and is still operated by the Creef family. It's two blocks over on Budleigh Street.

Drinks & Nightlife

Located on the Outer Banks Fishing Pier in South Nags Head, this is a popular (as in hard to get a parking spot) place thanks to its oceanfront location and live music nightly. Or you can just walk across the street from Lighthouse Row townhouse to Poor Richard's Pub where the locals hang out in downtown Manteo.
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Fish Heads Bar & Grill
8901 S. Old Oregon Inlet Rd.
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Located on the Outer Banks Fishing Pier in South Nags Head, this is a popular (as in hard to get a parking spot) place thanks to its oceanfront location and live music nightly. Or you can just walk across the street from Lighthouse Row townhouse to Poor Richard's Pub where the locals hang out in downtown Manteo.