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.