Explore the many Outer Banks attractions and unique day trip destinations during a stay at our Manteo, NC inn. From historic lighthouses and sunset cruises, to art galleries and outdoor adventure, there is truly something for everyone to enjoy.
Outer Banks Attractions & Day Trips
Around Downtown Manteo
Manteo Arts & Theater
Explore this fine arts and craft gallery with a constantly rotating exhibit of local art.
This is a large, single screen movie house of days gone by that still offers family-friendly pricing.
Shop for modern heirloom jewelry, artwork, unique gifts and bonsei trees and supplies.
Home decor and more – find lovely accessories, gifts, furnishings.
Discover truly beautiful and unique apparel and gifts at a shop that has stood the test of time.
Enjoy the coffee shop and a meticulously curated inventory of books and newspapers, and souvenirs.
Sit on the dock and watch boats in the marina sail by.
Stroll along the waterfront where boaters come for a visit.
Hop aboard a 55-foot topsail schooner for a memorable sunset cruise, and bring one of our Wine & Cheese Baskets along..
Authentic coastal experiences including day, sunset & catered dinner sails aboard the Pelican, a Pilot 35.
Parks & Preserves
Take their nature trail to experience island nature.
See natural wonders at the Atlantic’s largest Maritime Forest.
For a bit more adventure, saunter along a path that meanders up the tallest sand dunes on the east coast to catch a sunset.
Tour through a wide variety of garden displays, from the Great Lawn to the Sunken Gardens. Each season brings new and unique blooms and plants. During the month of December, an illuminated winter wonderland awaits in the enchanted Elizabethan Gardens. Festive trees grace the Gatehouse and Reception Hall. A crackling open-air fire warms the Great Lawn, marshmallows provided. Seasonal gift shop and plant sales coincide.
Day Trips from Manteo
Heading North on US 158
Wilbur and Orville Wright achieved the first successful powered airplane flights on December 17, 1903 in Kitty Hawk, NC.
Climb the 220 steps to the top of the majestic, red brick lighthouse, first lit on December 1, 1875.
Whalehead is a beautifully restored 1920s Art Nouveau style residence that is open to the public for museum tours.
Heading South on NC 12
This is the most complete site of all remaining life-saving stations in North Carolina and one of the most complete sites in the nation.
The present lighthouse was lit on December 16, 1870. (Temporarily closed due to Coronavirus.)
Explore rich maritime history from the earliest days of exploration to modern day. (Temporarily closed due to Coronavirus.)
Heading West on I-64
Cross over the Virginia Dare Bridge, NC’s longest bridge, to enter this unique refuge. The Refuge offers a chance to see and observe black bears, red wolves, alligators, bird life and much more. As you move westward from the barrier islands to Roanoke Island to the mainland, observe the changes in each environment.
Kayak and canoe tours can be reserved on Roanoke Island or you can travel and explore on your own.