Historical Adventures in Manteo and Kill Devil Hills – Excursions on the Outer Banks: Day Two and Three

Waking up after the hectic first day of vacation was luxurious; my mom and I were well rested after a comfortable stay at the inn and Roanoke Island was calling our names. Our second day was meant to be A LOT more relaxing than the day before. We wanted to explore some of the most popular attractions in Manteo and on Roanoke Island.

(Click on the following day to read more of my “Excursions on the Outer Banks” series. Blog post: Day One)

If you look on TripAdvisor at Manteo, the first six items on the top 10 list of things to do sum up what we explored during our second day of vacation. The following destinations and attractions all have the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence:

  • The Lost Colony
  • North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island
  • Elizabethan Gardens
  • Roanoke Island Festival Park
  •  Fort Raleigh National Historic Site
  • Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse

Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse

This lighthouse is small, but gives you a taste of what lighthouses are like on the Outer Banks. It honestly makes you want to get out and explore all of the North Carolina lighthouses. We enjoyed the Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse because it was in walking and viewing distance from the inn; plus, it’s free to visit!


View from afar of the Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse

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North Carolina, here we come! – Excursions on the Outer Banks: Day One

Picturesque ocean-front cottages line the road, the rolling waves of the Atlantic Ocean coat the sand with white foam and the sun sets in the distance painting the sky a dreamy pink. The Currituck Lighthouse offers a panoramic view of these gems while the wind makes you sway back and forth at the top of the lighthouse. My mom and I experienced all of these things and much more when we traveled to the Outer Banks of North Carolina in 2009.


View from the Currituck Lighthouse

The Outer Banks are a stretch of barrier islands located off the coast of North Carolina. According to the Outer Banks of NC, it (the Outer Banks) is over one hundred miles long and at its widest part only about 3 miles in width.

Each town offers something different from the other. Some towns are quaint with historical sights and cute shopping areas, other towns are full of bustling activity with plenty of water and onshore activities for adventure enthusiasts.

When we took this trip, our goal was to visit as many lighthouses on the Outer Banks as we could during our stay. Continue reading