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Everything You Need to Know Before Visiting the Manteo Waterfront

12/18/2020 | by Joseph Mitchell | Outer Banks Attractions and Activities

When staying on Roanoke Island, you’ll find an array of incredible activities and sights that are ideal for families. The Manteo Waterfront is a gorgeous spot to soak in views of the sound, savor local eats, and discover a handful of attractions! Keep reading to find out some of our favorites! 

For more information on how to make the most of your time on Roanoke Island, be sure to request access to our complimentary Vacation Guide. 

Your Guide to the Manteo Waterfront 

Things to Do/Attractions 

Roanoke Island Festival Park 

Adults and kids will love exploring the beautiful Roanoke Island Festival Park. Several attractions including a representational ship from the 1585 English voyage to the island, a constructed American Indian town, an English settlement site, and a museum highlighting the history of Roanoke Island! 

Manteo Waterfront Park 

Manteo Waterfront Park is a fantastic place to relax on a picnic bench while the kids run around and have fun on the playground. You can also soak in views of Roanoke Sound! 

Roanoke Maritime Museum 

You can learn about the local and regional maritime heritage at the Roanoke Maritime Museum. This attraction near the Manteo Waterfront has exhibits showcasing watercraft, restoration projects, and the rich history of boat building of Roanoke Island. 

Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse 

It may not be the classic Outer Banks lighthouse that most people envision, but this reconstruction of the old Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse is still worth a visit while exploring the Manteo Waterfront. 

Places to Eat 

Poor Richard’s Sandwich Shop 

Poor Richard’s Sandwich Shop is an institution in downtown Manteo. This is THE place to grab lunch while you peruse the many local shops, enjoy the beautiful waterfront setting, or explore Roanoke Festival Park. They have everything from pulled pork wraps to Italian subs to crab cake sandwiches! 

Avenue Waterfront Grille 

The entire family will enjoy a delicious dinner with views of Roanoke Sound at the Avenue Waterfront Grille. This restaurant near the Manteo Waterfront is the perfect place to savor everything from beer steamed shrimp to maple pecan fried chicken on their locally inspired menu. 

1587 Restaurant 

If you’re looking for an exceptional dining experience in Manteo, 1587 Restaurant is the place to go for a romantic date night. This waterfront dining establishment features fresh seafood, steaks, salads, and plenty of appetizers that will please the most sophisticated palate. It’s the perfect spot for an upscale evening on the Outer Banks. 

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