Things To Do On Your Outer Banks NC Family Vacation

When in outer banks nc, things to do are never far away. 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 Outer Banks family vacation or plan to stay here all week! 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!

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Dinner and A Show!

Avenue Waterfront Grille in Downtown Manteo

Offers great dinner options for your visit!

On Monday nights, before you bring the kids to Kitty Hawk Kites Night at The Lost Colony, 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 drinks are not included.  No limit to how many at each table.  Don’t forget, the show starts at 7:30, so make sure you’re seated early (you must be seated no later than 5:30 pm) if you wish to get in on the deal!  Kids night at the Waterfront Grille starts at 4:30pm on Monday nights.

On any other night, get seated by 5:30 pm, let your server know you’re heading to the show, and they’ll offer 20% off your bill (excluding alcohol). 18% gratuity will be added to the total before the discount.  You must be able to prove that your next stop is The Lost Colony, so bring your email confirmation either on paper or on your phone.

Enjoy casual dining overlooking Shallowbag Bay and the Manteo Marina. The Avenue Waterfront Grille is located across from Festival Park in The Waterfront Shops in Downtown Manteo. Proudly serving local seafood, all natural proteins, a large selection of craft beers on tap and in bottle, a dynamic wine list based on sustainable practices and a fun OBX inspired cocktail list.

Welcome to 1587 Restaurant! In every great vacation spot there are one or two special places – places you discover and claim as your own – slightly off the beaten path and away from the crowds and the frenzy – places where magical memories are made. Such a place is 1587. Here you will find World-Class chefs who blend the freshest of ingredients including herbs grown from the Inn’s own gardens, today’s Atlantic seafood, meats & fowl, and vegetables from the Outer Banks’ finest growers. You’ll dine in an atmosphere that is elegant but relaxed as you gaze through the large windows that frame a view of quaint Shallowbag Bay and a moonrise that is truly spectacular! Travel writers and food critics from around the country say it’s a “must do.” The writers from Southern Living said simply, “Remarkably creative cuisine,” and the producers of Food Network’s “Best Of” featured 1587’s creations as the ultimate in Outer Banks dining. Those who visit us do so again and again and come to understand what is meant by, “All is not lost!”

Get 20% off by showing evidence that you have “Lost Colony” tickets for that night. Book your dinner reservation for before 6PM. Makes dining here an even better value!

Other Dining Options

Basnight’s Lone Cedar

Kelly’s Outer Banks Restaurant and Tavern

Grits Grill

Big Al’s Soda Fountain & Grill


The Elizabethan Inn

Where History Meets Hospitality

Located on North Carolina’s historic Roanoke Island, the Elizabethan Inn boasts close accessibility to some of the finest beaches along the Atlantic coastline. Have you ever dreamed of being on an unspoiled island, your toes in the soft white sand, witnessing bountiful wildlife, alongside crystal clear water? Imagine watching the native waterfowl or collecting natural beachfront souvenirs, in the peaceful ocean ambiance, while the sandpipers scurry along the water’s edge.

The Oasis Suites

hp-bedThe only boutique Nags Head hotel on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Built and decorated with gracious vacationing in mind. Here you’ll find 16 suites — Honeymoon, Executive, Family and Handicap Accessible — providing you with plenty of space to spread out, whether it’s just the two of you or an entire family. The rooms are beautifully appointed with leather furniture, at least two beds in most, modern kitchens, high-end bathrooms and private balconies. As appealing as our rooms are, they compete with an amazing location that is one of a kind for any Nags Head hotel. Oasis Suites directly overlook the sound and marsh on both sides, meaning you have water and sunset views that no other accommodation can offer. The Oasis Suites is minutes from the beach, historic Roanoke Island and some of the best Outer Banks restaurants.