Roanoke Island Festival Park

08/23/2010  | 
teaching through travel

Imagine a land with no cars, buildings, or running water. The only other people had a different culture and spoke a different language. The land was vast, pristine, and natural. This was Roanoke Island when English explorers stepped off their ships. Roanoke Island Festival Park, across from the Manteo waterfront, is a 25-acre interactive attraction, representing the first English settlement attempt in 1585.

The park offers a winding trail with stops at the American Indian Town, the Settlement Site, and the Elizabeth II, a 16th century representative ship. Costumed and speaking in a 16th century manner, living history interpreters will interact with visitors at the Settlement Site and the ship, recounting their experiences on the voyage and upon arrival to the New World.

Other adventures also abound at the park. Explore over 400 years of Outer Banks history at the interactive Roanoke Adventure Museum. Art and creativity is a focal point with the Art Gallery showcasing monthly art shows. Play and discover in the Fossil Pit. Every explorer needs a treasure to take home, so stop by the Museum Store for a unique memento. Research and learn at the Outer Banks History Center and Gallery. Experience breathtaking water views while strolling on the Boardwalk. The park also hosts performances throughout the year, often as a part of the Roanoke Island Festival Park Performance Series.

Roanoke Island Festival Park is a vibrant place in the heart of Manteo where history, the arts, shopping, and nature combine to make a great Outer Banks stop.

For more information call 252-475-1506 or visit, where you can read about School Tours at RIFP by clicking on the Group and School Tours section under the Education tab. (252) 475-1500.
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