Just over the bridge from Nags Head, you’ll find the eight-mile long Roanoke Island, consisting of the quaint towns of Manteo, Skyco, and Wanchese. This historic area has been visited since 1587, when the English first attempted to colonize the New World. Today, the island’s unique history and charm still bring vacationers from all over. Visit the downtown waterfront area of Manteo for some of the best shopping and dining on the Outer Banks. Take a drive through Skyco to Wanchese and visit the industrial seafood park, where the charter boats bring in the fresh seafood that is served in many of the local restaurants. Roanoke Island offers some of the most famous Outer Banks attractions, including the North Carolina Aquarium, The Lost Colony Outdoor Drama, the Elizabethan Gardens, the representative 16th century ship Elizabeth II and the Waterside Theater located at Roanoke Island Festival Park, and the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site.