Your Experience On Roanoke

Make a Day of It!

Just a few minutes from the beach, you will discover a “New World”on Roanoke Island. With charming boutiques, art galleries, sidewalk cafes and a working waterfront, there’s something for the whole family.

Find Your Show

Roanoke Natives, 2013 ProductionOver 200 actors, technicians, designers and volunteers bring The Lost Colony to life for another summer season. The production is enormous. The stage itself is over three times larger than most Broadway stages in New York. You will be seated in the center of the stage area with action happening on three sides of you and even sometimes right next to you in the aisle. Come see epic battles and Indian dances. Experience the sorrow and heartbreak of tragedy and loss. Witness the pageantry of the Queen and her court and celebrate the birth of Virginia Dare. There is music, laughter, romance and dance. The Lost Colony is widely acknowledged as the precursor to the modern American Broadway Musical.

Old Tom & Sir Walter, 2013 ProductionArrival

You should plan on arriving one half hour prior to your first scheduled event. For example if you’re doing the backstage tour at 6:30, arrive by 6:00. This gives you plenty of time to park, pick up your tickets, take some pictures, etc. Parking is very close to the box office but there is about a 150 yard walk from the box office into the theatre, so plan accordingly.

Pre Show

The theatre opens for seating at 7:00, but the rain-shelters are open at 6:00. Restrooms, gift shop and concessions are available.

Curtain

The play begins promptly at 7:30. Late arrivals will be seated at the discretion of the house manager.

Length

The drama is performed in two one hour acts with a 15 minute intermission.

Take a backstage tour for a behind-the-scenes look at how The Lost Colony comes to life. Highly praised by our patrons, this tour is one of very few… if not the only… that allows audience member backstage during final show preparations. You will hear historical and fun facts, see weaponry and stunt demonstrations and actors doing last minute touch ups.

Backstage Tours are especially recommended for parties with children, last approximately one hour, and are limited to just 50 people per group. Tours depart from the box office at 6:30. This exclusive backstage access is included when you purchase The VIP Package or the Character Dinner Package.  You may also purchase single tickets for the tour for $8 per person.

Backstage Tours, 2013

Listen to what patrons had to say about our 2014 tours:

  • “An awesome experience”
  • “The highlight of our vacation”
  • “The kids loved it!”
  • “My mother loved it!”
  • “We all loved it!”
  • “We’ve seen the show for many years, but decided to take the backstage tour for the first time this summer.  I would recommend it to anyone attending The Lost Colony.”

Address: 1409 National Park Dr. Manteo, NC 27954 (google map)

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From the North (Elizabeth City) Take Highway 158 South toward the Outer Banks. About fifty miles from Chesapeake and Elizabeth City Hwy. 158 will cross the Wright Brothers’ Memorial Bridge. Continue South on Hwy. 158 until you reach Nags Head. Turn right onto Hwy. 64 West toward Roanoke Island and the town of Manteo. Continue on Hwy. 64 three miles past Manteo to Fort Raleigh National Historic Site. Turn right into Fort Raleigh and follow the signs to The Lost Colony parking area. 
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From the North (Hampton Roads) Take I-64 E/ HAMPTON ROADS BELT. Go onto the Chesapeake Expressway, continue straight to NC-168. Continue on to US-158 towards Nags Head. About fifty miles from Chesapeake and Elizabeth City Hwy. 158 will cross the Wright Brothers’ Memorial Bridge. Continue South on Hwy. 158 until you reach Nags Head. Turn right onto Hwy. 64 West toward Roanoke Island and the town of Manteo. Continue on Hwy. 64 three miles past Manteo to Fort Raleigh National Historic Site. Turn right into Fort Raleigh and follow the signs to The Lost Colony parking area. 
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From the Northern Beaches & Points North (Corolla, Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Nags Head) Take NC Highway 12 South to Kitty Hawk, NC. At Kitty Hawk, pick up US Highway 158 Bypass (East). Go through the towns of Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, and Nags Head. Continuing on the Manteo/Nags Head Causeway, you will cross over the Washington Baum Bridge to Manteo. Continue through Manteo, following Highway 64 Business West to the North end of Roanoke Island. Fort Raleigh will be on your right, approximately 4 miles North of Manteo. Turn right into Fort Raleigh and follow the signs to The Lost Colony parking area.
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From the Hatteras Island & Points South (Ocracoke, Hatteras, Buxton, Salvo, Rodanthe, Waves)Travel north on NC Highway 12 until you come to the US Highway 158 Bypass (East). Turn left. Follow the Bypass until you come to the town of Manteo. Continue through Manteo, following Highway 64 Business West to the north end of Roanoke Island. Fort Raleigh will be on your right, approximately 4 miles north of Manteo. Turn right into Fort Raleigh and follow the signs to The Lost Colony parking area. 
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From Points WestTravel East on US Highway 64 from Raleigh, NC. When entering Mann’s Harbor, turn left at the flashing yellow light and follow US 64 Business through Mann’s Harbor. You will cross over the Croatan Sound on the William B. Umstead Bridge. Fort Raleigh National Historic Site will be on your left approximately one mile after crossing the bridge. Turn left into Fort Raleigh and follow the signs to The Lost Colony parking area.
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From Washington, DC & Richmond, VAFollow I-64 through the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel (a busy route on weekends) to Great Bridge, VA. Go south on VA-168 to US-158 East at Barco, NC. Continue South on Hwy. 158 until you reach Nags Head. Turn right onto Hwy. 64 West toward Roanoke Island and the town of Manteo. Continue on Hwy. 64 three miles past Manteo to Fort Raleigh National Historic Site. Turn right into Fort Raleigh and follow the signs to The Lost Colony parking area. 
For specific directions from other areas of the country, visit: Outer Banks Visitors Bureau website.

Avenue Waterfront Grille and 1587 in Downtown Manteo offer great dinner options for your visit to Roanoke Island!

 

1015989_10152221366113104_916914327_o-300x199AVENUE WATERFRONT GRILLE OFFERS:  On Monday nights, before you bring the kids to Kitty Hawk Kites Kids Night, enjoy half off your kids’ meals when you buy an adult meal!  No other discounts can be used in conjunction with this special offer and it does not include drinks. No limit to how many at each table.  Don’t forget the show starts at 7:30 on Monday night’s so getting seated early is not only a good idea…but a must (must be seated by 6PM) if you wish to get in on the deal!  Kids night at the Waterfront Grille starts at 5PM.

And on any night, get seated by 6PM, let them know you’re heading to the show and they’ll offer 20% off of your bill (excluding alcohol).  18% gratuity will be added to total before the discount. You must be able to prove that you’re next stop is The Lost Colony, so bring along your email confirmation either on paper or your phone.  Either will work!  For more information or to make reservations call the Avenue Waterfront Grille at 252-473-4800 or click here to visit their website!!

1587-restaurant1587 OFFERS: Simply show your ticket, receipt or email confirmation and save 20% off of food when seated by 5:30.  Reservations are highly recommended and you should inquire about restrictions.  Give them a call at 252-473-1587 or click here to visit their website!!

Roanoke Island

In addition to The Lost Colony there are literally hundreds of things to do on Roanoke Island. Just a five minute drive from Nags Head this quiet refuge is a hidden gem on The Outer Banks and you should plan to spend at least one full day during your vacation. The locations listed below are far from a full listing of offerings on Roanoke, but the establishments listed here support The Lost Colony and we encourage you to support them during your stay! For a complete listing of Roanoke Island properties visit http://www.outerbanks.org

Attractions

The Elizabethan Gardens

The Elizabethan Gardens

Events

New World Festival of the Arts

New World Festival of the Arts

 

Dining

Adrianna's in Manteo

Avenue Grille in Manteo

 

Lodging

The Tranquil House Inn

The Tranquil House Inn

Ft. Raleigh National Park

Beauty blooms, mysteries unfurl, and the past speaks

Beauty blooms, mysteries unfurl, and the past speaks

On these small wooded grounds lie many stories of families and their struggles that have continued through time, resulting in the creation of a nation and its people. Here, the first infant cries of English colonization in the New World (1584-1590) burst upon the world. These efforts, sponsored by Sir Walter Raleigh, ended with the disappearance of 116 men, women and children, including two that were born in the New World. The fate of this “lost colony” remains one of the world’s great mysteries. It is the home of The Lost Colony. This site also celebrates the preservation of Native American culture and was the location of an important Freedmen’s Colony during the Civil War era. One of the early radio pioneers, Reginald Fessenden, conducted many of his experiments here. The American tradition of sacrifice, inventiveness, and courage in the face of great adversity was defined by the actions on these grounds and continues to thrive in our national spirit. Visit Fort Raleigh National Historic Site for a visit into our past and a glimpse of our future.

Archaeology dig May 24, 2008 shot for First Colony Foundation

Archaeology dig May 24, 2008 shot for First Colony Foundation

Visitor Center 17 minute orientation film is shown every half hour. A large exhibit area featuring a rotating schedule of exhibits currently has artifacts found on the grounds during recent archaeology digs. The Elizabethan room is perhaps the most fascinating artifact here. Brought to the US by none other than William Randolph Hearst, the room is a preserved wood paneled room from the Elizabethan era. The Visitors center also offers restrooms, a gift shop and interpretive information about the Freedman’s Colony which stood near here following the Civil War. Earthen Fort Earthenworks restored on the site are associated with England’s colonization efforts that were sponsored by Sir Walter Raleigh from 1584 to 1590. An adjacent spot has confirmed evidence of metallurgical activity from the 1585 exploration expedition. Nature Trail The Thomas Hariot Nature Trail offers a 20-minute pocket wilderness experience of the island’s natural setting. Wayside signs on the trail relate what English explorers observed of the natural resources and the commodities that could be made from them. Freedom Trail The Freedom Trail leads 1¼ miles from the nearby Elizabethan Gardens through the park land to the island’s western edge, offering a view-shed that the native Algonquians enjoyed from their island home. The National Park Service & Archaeology Projects in the Park The National Park Service has an extensive website with schedules, contact information and educational materials about the park that The Lost Colony calls home. Since 2004 The First Colony foundation has been using archeology and historical research to find the lost colony. We think it’s pretty cool. We think you will too.

 

 

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