Explore Manteo with a Day Tour Adventure

10/26/2023 | by Emily Wells | Outer Banks Tours

Enjoying time in Manteo is always something to look forward to, especially if you’re the type of traveler who can’t wait to get out and explore! Here, there are a variety of day tour options available that give travelers an opportunity to see historic sights, connect with wildlife, or make the most of gorgeous gardens and architecture. No matter what your travel interests might be, there’s a day tour from Manteo designed just for you and the following are a few you won’t want to miss out on the next time you’re in town.

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Book a Day Tour with Paradise Dolphin Cruises

Headquartered at 708 Harbor Road in the Wanchese Safe Harbor Marina, Paradise Dolphin Cruises is a great company to partner up with when you want your Manteo getaway to include a day tour on the waves. Paradise Dolphin Cruises invites guests to step onboard a 40-foot luxury catamaran and enjoy a ride on the water complete with cushioned seats and a canopy. Day tours are typically booked as two to four-hour experiences with prices ranging from $20 to $35 per person. The focus will be on spotting dolphins thriving in their natural habitats and if you happen to book this outing as an adventure that takes you into the evening hours, you’ll be treated to inspiring sunset views too.  

Visit the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge

A full day of fun immersing yourself in the beauty and wonder of nature is waiting at the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. Located at Milltail Road off U.S. Highway 64, the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge sprawls across 164,000 acres of terrain and hosts stunning wetland habitats and a variety of wildlife too. These protected lands are home to everything from ducks and geese to bears and alligators too. Many visitors come to enjoy a day on the trails or make the most of guided day tours alongside a ranger. The Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge is also open for angling outings and canoe tours upon request.  

Reserve Your Place with Country Girl Charters

When you’re looking to get out on the water and enjoy a chartered fishing experience for the day with a group of 6 and up, Country Girl Charters is a great choice. Departing from Pirate’s Cove Yacht Club & Marina, this company offers guests a chance to enjoy angling on the water while onboard a 57-foot vessel filled with cozy amenities. As you search for king mackerel, sailfish, marlin, and wahoo, your onboard team will be there to help you make the most of every moment. These day tours can be booked as half or full-day outings depending on preference. 

Explore the Elizabethan Gardens

Situated at 1411 National Park Drive, the Elizabethan Gardens is a great place to enjoy a day tour in Manteo. This oasis of flourishing gardens showcases amazing greenery and florals in combination with water features, and stunning architecture too. It’s a great place to spend a relaxing day touring the grounds, exploring the butterfly house, or taking part in a horticulture workshop depending on when you drop by. Self-guided audio tours are also available at the gardens that can be accessed during regular hours of operation year-round. 

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