Discover The Lost Colony of Roanoke Island
There are some places on the Outer Banks that are iconic and truly represent the unique and charming nature of the OBX. There are the lighthouses and their majestic beauty. Ocracoke is a destination any visitor will love. The gentle wild mustangs of Corolla have stayed in the memories of many visitors for years after. There is the history of the first flight at the Wright Brothers Memorial, and then there is the mystery of the Lost Colony in Manteo. This week we'll take you on an adventure of a lifetime with a visit to the Lost Colony on Roanoke Island.
What Is The Lost Colony?What Is The Lost Colony When you hear locals talk about the "Lost Colony" there are two things they are referring to; the historical mystery of the Lost Colony and the outdoor theater production that depict the events surrounding the Lost Colony. For visitors, both of these can be explored and enjoyed in one location at the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site.
Plan Your Visit
Heading over to the Lost Colony and surrounding area is the perfect day trip. Don't worry about leaving too early. There is a lot to do and your day will end with a night at the theater so you'll want to pace yourself. Check out the map below and then look at the three things we suggest. If you want more great ideas about day trips and things to do on the Outer Banks check out our previous post: The 5 Best Day Trips To Take During Your OBX Beach Vacation.
Finding the Lost Colony is easy...well at least finding the theater is. Mystery abounds over the actual location of the Lost Colony (more on that in a minute). You're not far from the theater from any of our Outer Banks vacation homes. Click on the map below for more details on directions.
The Lost Colony
1409 National Park Drive
P: (252) 473-6000 Ticket
One Day: Three Great Things To Do In One Place
Explore the marvelous Elizabethan Gardens. You'll stand in awe of the incredible array of flowers, shrubs, and trees. The paths meander about the property and are relaxing on a hot day. There is a lot of shade so don't worry if it is really hot outside.
Fort Raleigh Interpretive Center/Museum
Spend some time looking at the exhibits, watching the short film, and chatting with the park rangers and volunteers. If you have kids check to see if there are any special programs for them. Do this after lunch when things have cooled down a bit in the late afternoon before you head to the theater.
Lost Colony Theater
End the day by seeing the Lost Colony play at the outdoor theater. Make sure to get tickets ahead of time. Hint: it's outdoors so bring a sweatshirt and bug spray if it is really hot as well as sunglasses and sunscreen. Seating is stadium style, and there are no bad seats. Play starts at 7 p.m.
5 Fun Facts About The Lost Colony
1. Did you know the Lost Colony has featured famous actors like Andy Griffin.
2. The original play was written by a Pulitzer Prize Winner-Paul Green.
3. President Roosevelt came to the see the play.
4. Terrence Mann Toni Award Winner was a director of the play.
5. The play is in its 81 season!
While you might like a day trip to the Lost Colony it would be a whole lot more fun for the family to book an OBX beach vacation for a week or more and take in all the sights and beauty of the Outer Banks. Doing this has never been easier with our flex payment plan, friendly staff and awesome inventory of vacation homes. Just give us a call today at 866-760-3526 or click the button below to plan your OBX vacation today.
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