Go With Nature

Elizabethan Gardens, Go with Nature

You're on vacation. It's time to relax. Right? The Elizabethan Gardens is the perfect place to reconnect with the natural world. 

Here's some tips to enjoy your visit:

  • While you leisurely stroll the dapple-shaded paths, notice the points of light from the tree canopy.
  • Sit at one of the carved marble or elegant cast stone benches. Close eyes. Breathe deeply the fragrant air. Hear nature’s symphony.
  • Be on the lookout for birds! The gardens is part of the NC Birding Trail.
  • Use your mobile device to access the audio tour, photograph blooms, dancing butterflies, soaring birds or frolicking squirrels.
  • Stop at the large bronze statue of Queen Elizabeth I. Ponder the strength of one of the most powerful women in history. 
  • Gaze out at the lapping waves from the Overlook Terrace. Did this delight the colonists who once stood upon these shores.
  • Visit the Virginia Dare statue. Perhaps she will tell you her mystery?
  • At the Well Head Mount notice the family crests, figures and wonder who came to drink at this refreshing well.
  • Stroll the tall border, peak through the arches and listen to the babbling fountain at the Sunken Garden. 
  • Stop in the Sunken Garden and look at the ancient Aphrodite statue, fountain and balustrade. Imagine how it first appeared in Italy.
  • Stand beneath the Ancient Live Oak tree.
  • Rest by the Lion Couchant and note the renaissance elements.
  • Treat yourself to something from the gift shop/nursery.
  • Share your visit with a friend.
Adults (18+ years): $9 +tax; Youth (6-17 years): $6 +tax; Children (under five): $2 +tax; Pet Admission (one pet per owner): $3 (see our dog policy)
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Where is the activity?

Elizabethan Gardens (See address and directions on the rightbelow)

Elizabethan Gardens

1411 National Park Drive
Roanoke Island
(252) 473-3234