The Outer Banks is known for its natural beauty when it comes to beaches and wildlife, but one outdoor attraction you should add to your itinerary is the Elizabethan Gardens. This charming attraction is perfect for the whole family as you’ll find beauty, history, and fun events throughout the gardens. But, before you stop to smell the roses, make sure to request your free Vacation Guide to the Outer Banks. We’ve put together a handy guide to help you plan out your entire vacation. If you’d like to learn the best places on the barrier islands to eat, play, shop, and relax, unlock your guide now to get started!
Here’s Everything You Need to Know About the Elizabethan Gardens
Where Are the Elizabethan Gardens?
The Elizabethan Gardens are located on 1411 National Park Drive in Manteo, NC. You’ll find this stunning attraction after driving south past Kill Devil Hills and heading to Roanoke Island. It’s paid admission and worth every penny. Read on to learn why this attraction is a must for your next visit to the Outer Banks.
Elizabethan Gardens History
The botanical gardens date back to 1950 when Mrs. Charles Cannon, Mrs. Inglis Fletcher, and Sir Evelyn Wrench asked a non-profit group called the Garden Club of North Carolina to sponsor a two-acre garden adjacent to Fort Raleigh National Park. The idea behind it was that it would bring more value to the land of Sir Walter Raleigh’s lost colonists. The Lost Colony happens to be the spot where 117 colonists established the first English settlements in the New World and mysteriously disappeared a couple of years later. To learn more about their journey and the life of Queen Elizabeth I, you’ll just have to visit the gardens yourself!
Things to Do at the Elizabethan Gardens
Once you’ve arrived, you and your group can take a tour, where you’ll be able to see some cool spots, including the Sunken Garden, the statue of Queen Elizabeth I, or the ancient live oak! You can also check their website to find out what upcoming events may pique your interest. The gardens are open year-round, seven days a week except for some holidays, giving you plenty of options to see this charming attraction.
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