Elizabethan Gardens

#8 in Best Things To Do in Outer Banks
Elizabethan Gardens
Courtesy Outer Banks Visitors Bureau

Key Info

1411 National Park Dr.

Price & Hours

$9 for adults; $6 for kids 6-17; $2 for children 5 and younger
Hours vary seasonally

Details

Parks and Gardens Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
3.6scorecard
  • 3.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

This 10.5-acre public garden, located less than 3 miles north of the North Carolina Aquarium, offers a peaceful sanctuary with more than 500 different species of plants, including collections of hydrangeas, camellias, historic herbs and native coastal species. The camellia collection is a highlight, boasting more than 85 varieties. Another treasure of the gardens is a particular rose, found in the rose garden, which was sent by Queen Elizabeth II from the royal rose garden at Windsor Castle in 1976. Don't miss the ancient live oak on the property, estimated to have been living in 1585 when the first colonists landed in the area.

Most visitors raved about the grounds and beautiful landscaping, though some think the admission price is a bit too high.

The gardens are open from March from January (closed February) with hours that vary by season. Admission costs $9 for adults and $6 for ages 6 to 17. Tickets for children 5 and younger cost $2. Visit the garden's website for more details.

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