There are so many reasons to visit our Roanoke Island oasis. Whether you’re planning a getaway for two in one of our waterfront condos or want to bring the family together for a special beach vacation, you’ll never run out of fun and exciting things to do in Manteo, NC and the Outer Banks!
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8 of the Top Things to Do in Manteo, NC and the Outer Banks
1. Soak Up Some Sun
If there’s one thing that North Carolina’s Outer Banks are known for, it’s the beach. When you stay with Pirate’s Cove Realty, you’re only 10 minutes away from miles of sandy beaches that stretch up and down the Atlantic. Take a dip in the ocean, relax in a beach chair with your favorite book, or go surf fishing. A day at the beach is one of the top things to do near Manteo!
There’s more to do in Manteo than just relaxing on nearby OBX beaches. You can try scaling an adventure park overlooking Roanoke Sound or sign up for an exciting airboat tour. Kayaking around the sound is a fantastic way to explore the unique Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge and Kitty Hawk Woods Maritime Forest habitats. The possibilities are endless when it comes to outdoor recreation on the Outer Banks.
3. Get a Taste of OBX
Did you know that OBX has a wide variety of excellent places to grab grub? You can enjoy some of the best food in the area just minutes from your Roanoke Island vacation rental! Sip your favorite libation at Mimi’s Tiki Hut before indulging in a delicious meal at Blue Water Grill & Raw Bar. If you want to shop before visiting a local cafe or brewery, head over to the charming town of Manteo for an evening of tasty food, live music, and great times.
The OBX and Manteo have tons of family-friendly activities that kids and adults will love! Our Lil’ Pirates Recreation Program provides a planned schedule of things to do for kids, like craft workshops and fishing tournaments, that make long-lasting memories. Take a look at this year’s schedule of events!
- Lil’ Pirates Recreation Program
- Things to Do with Kids
- Family-Friendly Activities
- Multigenerational Family Vacation Ideas
- Family Photography Companies
5. Fish the Day Away
One of the most popular activities in Manteo, NC is fishing. Spend the day reeling in a big catch on a charter boat or casting a line from the shore—the choice is yours!
6. Kick Back and Enjoy Our Amenities
You don’t have to leave the Pirate’s Cove Resort grounds to have fun. Our gated, waterfront community has just about everything you need for a fantastic vacation! You can hang out and watch TV or play pool and arcade games in our clubhouse before running outside and jumping in the pool. We also have basketball and volleyball courts, outdoor grills, and firepits. Those who love outdoor activities can walk the four miles of lighted boardwalks, or rent a kayak and navigate the winding canals of Pirate’s Cove! You can even catch some fish or crab anywhere on the premises.
7. Explore Roanoke Island
Roanoke Island packs a lot into 18 square miles. In addition to Pirate’s Cove Resort, the island offers guests a fantastic aquarium, beautiful parks and gardens, and a unique historical site highlighting the first English colony formed on American soil. The colony mysteriously disappeared in the late 16th century! There are tons of things to do on Roanoke Island that the entire family will enjoy. If you’re short on time but want to see and learn as much as possible, consider a Manteo Historic Walking Tour! It’s great for kids or a date night.
- Manteo Historic Walking Tour
- North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island
- The Lost Colony
- Elizabethan Gardens
- Roanoke Island Festival Park
- Island Farm in Manteo
Now that you know the amazing array of things to do in Manteo, NC and the Outer Banks you only have to figure out where to stay during your visit. The answer is simple: Pirate’s Cove Realty! Our premier OBX rental company offers a wide variety of rentals, from single-family condos to large, multi-family homes. Whether you stay in our gated resort community or spend your vacation at our locations in nearby Shallowbag Bay or Manteo, we aim to make your stay as comfortable and accommodating as possible.
Check out our complete list of rental properties and start planning your trip today! We look forward to welcoming you to the Pirate’s Cove family!