Things to do

We are worlds apart from the sandy shores of North Carolinas Outer Banks. And we hope you will feel transported to another place, and another time in our Elizabethan-styled garden.

Of course there are many ways to enjoy our beautiful gardens while you visit the Outer Banks, but here are some of favorite suggestions to make your visit enjoyable.

Things to do when you visit The Elizabethan Gardens

  • Leisurely stroll the dapple-shaded paths.
  • Look up at the canopy and down at the sun’s lace-patterns about your feet.
  • Use your mobile device to access the audio tour.
  • Photograph blooms, dancing butterflies, soaring birds or frolicking squirrels.
  • Touch the lace details on Queen Elizabeth’s gown.
  • Find a bench. Breathe deeply the fragrant air. Listen to nature’s symphony.
  • Gaze out at the lapping waves from the Overlook Terrace. Ponder if this same sight delighted the colonists who once stood upon these shores.
  • Visit the Virginia Dare statue. Perhaps she will tell you the mystery of the lost colony?
  • At the Well Head Mount notice the family crests, figures and wonder who came to drink at this refreshing well.
  • Stroll the tall border, peak through the arches and listen to the babbling fountain at the Sunken Garden.
  • Let your eyes follow the twisted growth of the crepe myrtle trees.
  • Stand alongside the Ancient Live Oak tree and revel in her outstretched arms.
  • Rest by the Lion Couchant and note the details from veined marble base to the bird bath adorned with curly-flocked cherubs.
  • Treat yourself to something special from the gift shop or nursery and share your visit with a friend.

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


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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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