Tuesday, May 31, 2022

"Roanoke Island" - Pet Friendly OBX!


Roanoke Island is located between the mainland of North Carolina and the Outer Banks barrier islands of North Carolina. Roanoke Island is best known as the location of the first English Colony, historically known as the Lost Colony.

There are two communities on Roanoke Island, the fishing village of "Wanchese" and "The Town of Manteo." Both of these communities are named after Native American historical figures that had a significant impact on the first English Colony.

Starting at the North end of Roanoke Island, which is an unincorporated portion of the Town of Manteo, you will start to encounter many of the Pet Friendly tourism destinations on Roanoke Island.

This Visitors Center allows pets on the grounds of the property but not inside buildings. Please clean up after your pets. The Alligator National Wildlife Refuge tours offered here are not pet-friendly.

The self-guided tours allowing a pet friendly option, of the Alligator National Wildlife Refuge, are encouraged and maps are available on location. 

Alligator National Wildlife Refuge
Milltail Road
East Lake, NC 27935
(252) 473-1131

Please see: 

Elizabethan Gardens
1411 National Park Dr.
Manteo, NC 27954
(252) 473-3234

The Elizabethan Gardens recently celebrated its 70th year Anniversary 1952 -1921. Generations of visitors hold special memories of this English Garden on Roanoke Island. Dogs are welcome, Dog admission fee is $3.00
Please, see: Hip Hounds Welcome

Fort Raleigh National Historic Site 
1401 National Park Dr.
Manteo, NC 27954
(252) 473-2111
Location of the first English Settlement, Museum, walkways, earthwork, and more. Pets are welcome on the grounds but not inside buildings. Leashes not to exceed six feet in length at this location.  Fort Raleigh National Historic Site Pet-Friendly Adventures

Dare County Roanoke Island Dog Park
(between the road frontage of Airport Road and
in front of the Dare County Animal Shelter)

Outer Banks SPCA
Dare County Animal Shelter
379 Airport Road
Manteo, NC 27954

Roanoke Island Dog Park is free to use by residents and visitors, but registration is required. A current rabies vaccination certificate is required for registration. There are two sections in this dog park, one for small dogs, and one for large dogs. 

As you come into the Town of Manteo there are still more pet friendly locations.

Roanoke Island Festival Park
1 Festival Park
Manteo, NC 27954
(252) 423-5200
"The boardwalk and great lawn are pet friendly but we do require a leash. Pets also enjoy the short walk across the bridge to the Roanoke Island Maritime Museum, just a block away, which features a working boathouse and the Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse." Roanoke Island Festival Park

Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse
(252) 475-1750
located across from: Maritime Museum
                                 104 Fernando St.
                                 Manteo, NC 27954
Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse is the only river lighthouse on the OBX!
You will enjoy exploring the Downtown Manteo waterfront area with your leashed pet. Leashes are not to exceed 6 feet in the Town of Manteo. Pets are not allowed inside the Lighthouse. Please kindly clean up after your pet.

Parking / Park

corner of Lord Essex Avenue & Budleigh Street
Manteo, NC 27954

Pet-Friendly Event Venue

408 Queen Elizabeth Ave.
Manteo, NC 27954

The additional address for The Pavilion at Magnolia Market, is on the corner of Ananias Dare Street and Queen Elizabeth Avenue in downtown Manteo, North Carolina. 

104 Fernando Street
Manteo, NC 27954

The Town of Manteo is also the only Outer Banks community that has a monthly pet friendly Street Fair for the Whole Family from April through November this year. Please see:

Plan your Pet-Friendly Wedding @ Outer Banks Wedding Weekend & Expo 2022 (past event - great contacts/ plan for 2023 Expo)

Pet Supplies on Roanoke Island:

300 N Hwy 64
Manteo, NC 27954

(252) 473-1444

226 US-64
Manteo, NC 27954
(252) 473-2924

118 South US 62-264
Manteo, NC 27954
(252) 473-3727

There is one Veterinary Office on Roanoke Island:
Roanoke Island Animal Clinic 
107 Russell Twiford Road
Manteo, NC 27954

Visit the:
Outer Banks Visitors Bureau 
Sarah Owens Welcome Center
One Visitors Center 
Manteo, NC 27054 
(877) 629-4389

Pet Friendly Accomodations in the Town of Manteo are:

819 US 64 and 264
Manteo, NC 27954

814 US-64
Manteo, NC 27954

100 US-64
Manteo, NC 27954

706 US-64
Manteo, NC 27954

305 Fernando St.
Manteo, NC 27954

319 Sir Walter Raleigh St.
Manteo, NC 27954

As you head South on Roanoke Island and come to the Community of the Wanchese Fishing Village, you will see the only campground on Roanoke Island, which is pet friendly.

2881 NC-345
Wanchese, NC 27981

There are no pet-friendly Hotel, Motel or Inns in Wanchese.
However, homeowners do have pet friendly vacation homes listed on Airbnb.  

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