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Inside the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, look for Elizabethan Gardens, a memorial to the first colonists marked by renaissance statues and meticulously managed landscapes. The 4 hectare (10 acre) park features shaded paths that will lead you through forests and colorful plazas, and you'll see interpretive plaques with useful information about each important sight. Numerous art and craft workshops and festivities take place here throughout the year. Check out the garden shops, which offer a selection of plants, statuettes, candles, soaps, and sweets. PutElizabethan Gardens into our Manteo day trip planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
Elizabethan Gardens reviews
Very nice garden to walk around. Walking trails around the garden that are user friendly with a stroller. The garden itself is not that big, but definitely worth a visit. Nice gift shop when you...
Very nice garden to walk around. Walking trails around the garden that are user friendly with a stroller. The garden itself is not that big, but definitely worth a visit. Nice gift shop when you... more »
Lady was so rude. Weeds everywhere. Do not recommend to anyone. Prom pictures is all it’s worth. I’ve never met a more rude woman.
Lady was so rude. Weeds everywhere. Do not recommend to anyone. Prom pictures is all it’s worth. I’ve never met a more rude woman. more »
Might be pretty in spring/summer, but when we visited in February there was very little blooming and not much to see. The gardens looked unkempt and the area is quite small compared to other gardens..... more
Might be pretty in spring/summer, but when we visited in February there was very little blooming and not much to see. The gardens looked unkempt and the area is quite small compared to other gardens..... more »
We visited the gardens for the butterfly release and enjoyed it immensely. Our daughters loved watching the butterflies come to life and fly away before their eyes. The staff educated us on what butterflies enjoy and what we could add to our gardens to keep them happy and returning. We were even able to purchase a few plants at the small greenhouse they have on the grounds. Not to mention the beauty and serenity of the gardens. All of the hydrangeas were in full bloom and beautiful. It was like walking through a fairytale.
My fiance and myself visited here during our vacation and we had a wonderful time. Beautiful walking paths, gorgeous flowers, trees and other plants. The butterfly room was also nice and a lot of fun. Learned a little history thanks to some of signs and plaques posted around the gardens, which is nice for a history buff like myself. We spent hours walking the paths and taking in the sights. Fully recommend for everyone of all ages. It's a beautiful, almost magical place to visit.
Visited in early April. The spring flowers were in full bloom and gorgeous. I especially enjoyed the beautiful camellias. It was a great level walk as we were with my 80yo mother in law. Also they had a fairy hunt for the kids which seemed to keep them entertained (we didn't have children with us. )
I wish we went when the flowers were in bloom, some were, but it would have been a better experience. I really like the "discovery section for the kids". Neat to show them how to do archeology & find things. It was a neat experience. Great place to get outside & walk around the natural beauty. Thank you & we will be back.
I didn't know anything about these gardens until my husband suggested we visit to break up our beach trips. It was about 95 degrees the day we drove over, and the gardens had enough shade trees to bring that temp down to about 90! There are some lovely plants and a few fountains, and there are little plaques telling stories of garden fairies 🧚♀️ to keep kids interested. The butterfly house was a bit of a bust (a handful of butterflies outside but only 1 tired little butterfly inside), but maybe it was because it was too late in the summer. We walked all the paths in a little over an hour, but that was about all the heat we could stand anyhow.
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