The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island has become a beloved attraction for Outer Banks vacationers and an annual outing for seasoned visitors who are young and young at heart. The 68,000-square-foot complex covers all aspects of Outer Banks aquatic life, from endangered sea turtles to common horseshoe crabs and stingrays, and everyone is invited to pop in and enjoy the fun.
Stretching out 40 yards and tucked into Shallowbag Bay you will find the Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse. The lighthouse reminds you more of a small coastal cottage with its white exterior accented with black shutters and a brick-red roof. Capping the lighthouse is a Fresnel lens reaching out 2’ wide and up 4’ tall.
Fanciful and elaborate gardens were designed to entertain Queen Elizabeth I during her reign. Our garden was created for your enjoyment, and as a living memorial to the time when Sir Walter Raleigh’s lost colonists lived in this very place over 400 years ago. The Elizabethan Gardens is a project of the Garden Club of North Carolina.
Experience a new adventure in an old world at Roanoke Island Festival Park. This 25-acre historic site allows guests of all ages to experience first-hand what life was like for the first English settlers in 1585. Historic costumed interpreters are featured throughout the Settlement Site and the Elizabeth II ship to demonstrate how the first settlers lived, worked and played on Roanoke Island.
Dowdy Park, located at 3005 South Croatan Highway, offers five acres of recreation for every age and every ability. At this time, Dowdy Park is not available for reservations for private events, such as birthday parties.
Located at MP 15.5 in Nags Head, First Flight Adventure Park is designed for ages 6 and up and thrill seekers of varying levels. Bring your family along for the adventure of a lifetime by testing your mental and physical limits on 50 different obstacles and 14 ziplines up to 50 feet in the air.
Seaside Art Gallery, one of the largest and oldest galleries in Nags Head. Started by the Smith family as a one-room art gallery, Seaside Art Gallery is now one of the largest private art galleries in the southeast with 12 rooms, each with its own theme. The gallery opened its doors in 1961, the same year that Nags Head became a town. The Smiths believe that original art is for everyone.
Nags Head Woods was designated a National Natural Landmark in 1974, and protecting its unique habitats was one of the Conservancy’s first priorities in North Carolina. Between 1978 and 1986, the Conservancy acquired about 420 acres in the northern section of the forest; some of the land was generously donated by John and Rhoda Calfee and Diane St. Clair.
Hook into world-class fishing, youth adventure camps and an exceptional banquet facility all at Jennette's Pier in Nags Head. Enjoy our clean, wide beaches, public bathhouse and free parking. Inside the pier house, come face to face with native fish species while peering into one of our large aquariums.