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Elizabethan Gardens

1411 National Park Drive, Manteo, NC 27954
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Ranked #5 of 12 attractions in Manteo
Type: Gardens
Activities: Hiking
Description: A reproduction of a garden of the time of Elizabeth I located on Roanoke Island.
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Roanoke, Virginia
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

If there is a garden to visit when I'm traveling, it is hard for me to pass up. This one did not disappoint! To address some of the comments in other reviews, if you are looking for lots of blooms, you need to go at the time native plants are blooming. For example, there are many, many azaleas in the... More

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North Carolina
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32 reviews 32 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

Took lots of photos cause hydrangeas were in bloom. They were beautiful. Even have plants for sale. Lots of native species. I thought $9 per head(with AAA discount) was steep. I compare with Duke Gardens next to my workplace which is free except with parking. So I had high standard to compare.

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Washington, D.C.
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53 reviews 53 reviews
17 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

This place was awesome. Be prepared that you will sweat a bit in the summer since it's all outdoors but there is a lot of tree shade. Gorgeous grounds and manicured plants and trees. Their gift shop is pretty neat too. I would go in the Spring when everything is blooming. There was still a lot to see in July... More

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Hughesville, MD
13 reviews 13 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

One of a kind place! Story time at 10 on Tues and Thurs! Would recommend early morning or late evening because it is kept very humid for the plants!

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Manteo, North Carolina
18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Breath taking 17+ acres of beauty... easy to follow guide...spend an hour or a day... reasonably priced (Proceeds are actually used on the gardens themselves)... Great gift shop... Plants and shrubs for sale, all grown and nurtured on the grounds...Many activities for children and adults throughout the year... Great site for a wedding etc... Nothing not to like!

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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We went to the Lost Colony and decided to drive over. It was $9 per person, but we still decided to go in, glad we did! The flowers were in bloom and they were beautiful! It was a nice relaxing walk through. My pictures came out so good!

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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

My wife and I enjoyed these gardens this past weekend. They provided a lot of shade along with some quiet walks. It was a great way to spend a little time away from the beaches if you are spending your holiday at the Outer Banks. The grounds are well kept, the staff is friendly and the many native plants are... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Definitely not as beautiful and enchanting and other reviews mentioned. It was very peaceful, but there weren't many flowers blooming. Definitely not worth the money.

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96 reviews 96 reviews
26 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Enchanting individual gardens within a larger garden. We absolutely loved the wonderful trees, the water gate and all the lovely statuary. We went on a weekday early in the season so there was a feeling of spaciousness and room to roam. There was a wedding to take place later, and I can certainly approve of the happy couple's choice for... More

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Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
21 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

My first visit to these gardens was over thirty years ago and my second 10 years ago. Each visit they keep adding on and the gardens variety of plants and flowers keep expanding. We had a beautiful afternoon strolling the gardens, parts of the garden make you beleive you may see a fairy or two. The hydrangias were in bloom... More

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