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 "The Night Before Christmas" with Rainbow Puppet Productions December 3 @ 3 p.m.-Indoor Theatre

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Roanoke Island Festival Park - Outer Banks, NCIf you are interested in Outer Banks history, nature, recreation, and family activities, Roanoke Island Festival Park is an ideal choice. This Roanoke Island attraction, across from the Manteo waterfront and just 5 miles from Nags Head and 30 minutes from Hatteras Island and Kitty Hawk, is a 25-acre interactive historic site representing the first English settlement attempt in 1585.

Visit the various venues below to learn more about our vibrant attraction on the Outer Banks of North Carolina where history, the arts, family gatherings, multiple activities and environment combine to make a memorable Outer Banks stop.

The park also hosts many performances throughout the year in the Indoor Theatre and concerts at the Outdoor Pavilion. Several venues at the park can be rented for weddings, receptions, meetings and corporate retreats. Group Tour rates are available.
Board and explore Elizabeth II from every angle. Help costumed 16th century sailors set the sails, plot a course with an astrolabe, and swab the decks. Marvel at the lines and rigging that allow the ship to sail. Enjoy the view of the water from the quarterdeck. Turn the capstan to raise the ship’s anchor, play checkers with a wily sailor, and search for surprises in barrels and boxes onboard. The interpretive staff of sailors gladly answers questions about the ship, the historic Roanoke Voyages, or any other inquiry guests have about the beginnings of English-speaking America.
Video: 16th Century Merchant
Explore Coastal Algonquian culture and history in American Indian Town, an exhibit that’s new to Roanoke Island Festival Park. The town represents an American Indian community similar to what the English explorers investigated and surveyed during their voyages to Roanoke Island and the surrounding area in the late 16th century. Homes, agricultural areas, and work shelters line the paths and await visitors’ discoveries.
Follow the sound of the blacksmith’s hammer to the Settlement Site at Roanoke Island Festival Park. Through the undergrowth and across generations emerges the first English military establishment on North American soil. The exhibit features costumed interpreters from the Roanoke Voyage of 1585. They show visitors what daily life was like for the soldiers and sailors who traversed the Atlantic Ocean to build a permanent colony for England. Today, guests of all ages try traditional woodworking, play Elizabethan games, or watch the blacksmith fashion his iron wares. Search the canvas tents for goods and supplies, try on armor, and practice an English accent with some of the settlers.
Video: First Irish Mercenary
Discover 400 years of the region’s history in the interactive Roanoke Adventure Museum. Guests amble through the museum at whatever pace they like on a self-guided tour through the historical developments of Roanoke Island and the area at large. Land in 16th century North America and discover the culture of indigenous people who lived on Roanoke Island. Read quotes from Thomas Harris’s journal, and view a miniature version of a longhouse. Read about the Lost Colony—including a list of names of the settlers from England—and about the birth of North Carolina. Listen to Stumpy the Pirate as he jokes about the infamous Blackbeard down in Ocracoke. Learn about another “lost colony” on Roanoke Island—the Freedmen’s Colony.
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