Discovery Cottage – a place for kids

Alongside the John White Butterfly Center is a new area created just for young explorers- the Discovery Cottage. It features indoor and outdoor areas built to encourage and inspire young learners. The outdoor area is geared for children to learn through play. Children can climb aboard a large ship, slide down the ramp and then explore the Elizabethan play houses with living roofs. Kitchen gardens, dig areas and other features here are complimented with educational signs to invite child and parent to learn more about our Elizabethan heritage.

Inside the Discovery Cottage, children will be led through seasonal programs to explore life cycles of plants and bugs with hands-on activities, models, terrariums and microscopes in this laboratory of learning.

Summer programs will highlight the wonderful learning opportunities this new center allows our guests to learn more about nature through these programs:

Backyard Birds

Fun with Frogs


Helpful Bugs



Take A Tour An audio & visual tour
of The Elizabethan Gardens


Upcoming Events!1

The Elizabethan Gardens is located adjacent to The Lost Colony's Waterside Theatre and Fort Raleigh National Historic Park on Roanoke Island nestled near North Carolina's Outer Banks. The gardens are open year-round, seven days a week except certain holidays.

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