This National Park Service site protects and preserves portions of England’s first New World settlements from 1584 to 1590 as well as the cultural heritage of the Native Americans, European Americans and African Americans who have lived on Roanoke Island. Visitors can explore a museum and an…

At this restored farm site, you can explore Roanoke Island life as it was more than 150 years ago. Interpreters in period attire carry out the daily activities of farm life circa 1847, including woodworking, cooking, blacksmithing and planting, harvesting and food preparation. Visitors can s…

The Visitor Center represents the 11 National Wildlife Refuges in northeastern North Carolina with interactive exhibits, audio-visual presentations and programs of interest to all ages. You can find information about visiting the refuges here. The Coastal Wildlife Refuge Society operates a g…

This facility allows visitors to explore many of the state’s ecosystems and learn about the animals that inhabit them. Highlights are alligators, American river otters, the 3,000-square-foot Sea Turtle Assistance and Rehabilitation Center, touch tanks, and the 285,000-gallon tank featuring t…

This 25-acre interactive historic site represents the first English settlement attempts of 1585. Visitors can learn more about this history on the Elizabeth II, a 16th-century representative sailing ship; in American Indian Town that explores Algonquian culture; in the Settlement Site with c…

The Elizabethan Gardens is a 10.5-acre public garden within Fort Raleigh National Historic Site. They are a tribute to the first English colonists in the New World at the site of the original settlement. The gardens and displays provide educational opportunities that encourage an appreciatio…

Paul Green’s Symphonic Outdoor Drama has been performed each summer since 1937, and 2017 marks its 80th anniversary. More than 100 actors, dancers, singers and technicians put on this show, changing it slightly each year while always staying true to the tradition. Dancing, singing, battles, …