Garden FAQs

Q: Is The Elizabethan Gardens a non-profit or public garden?

A: We are a non-profit organization dedicated to the memory of the lost colonists of Roanoke Island. Primary operating funds come from admissions, donations and sales of plants and gifts. For ticket prices and our seasonal hours of operation, please visit our tickets and tours page.

Q: How should I dress for my visit?

A: Naturally, The Elizabethan Gardens is an outdoor facility. Although we are at “the beach,” weather along the Outer Banks can vary greatly from day to day. Dress for changing temperatures and other weather conditions. We also recommend sunscreen and insect repellent during the warmer months. Please apply it well before you arrive.

Q: What about bugs?

A: Because we are an outdoor garden, we do recommend that you apply insect repellent if that suits you. The gift shop carries items of convenience like bug spray and AA batteries.

Q: Is there food available at The Gardens?

A: We do have beverage machines as well as drinking fountains on site. We do not carry food at The Gardens.

Q: Can we bring food to picnic at The Gardens?

A: Yes, you can bring food into our site. The Great Lawn is an inviting location for a leisure lunch out of doors. Please be kind to carry home what you came with and not leave behind any discards. From time to time our gift shop will have some picnic and or snack items available to purchase.

Q: Is The Gardens handicap accessible?

A: Our improved walkways allow greater handicap access to our site. Our Gardens walks are a solid formed pebble path that can be used easily by people on foot, wheels and personal transit devices.

Q: Do you have souvenirs and plants for sale?

plant sales

A: Yes, there is a gift shop and plant sales area on the grounds. We carry a wide variety of unique gifts and souvenirs that are reasonably priced.

Q: Are there guided tours of The Gardens?

A: The Gardens are designed as a self-guided tour and we have recently added a new element for our guests. Using your smart phone or cellular phone device, you can enjoy a FREE audio tour or an enhanced media audio tour using ONCELL. Signage throughout will assist. You can even visit the ONCELL site on your computer at home by clicking on this link: ONCELL.

Guided tours are available for large groups, and special requests. Call well ahead of your visit for more information on a guided tour.

Q: Do you have a brochure?

Click here to download a brochure.

Q: Can I bring my dog?

A: Yes. However, there is a fee of $3 for your dog. See our Dog Policy Page for other details. Service dogs are admitted free.

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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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