The Hatteras / Ocracoke ferry is one of the most popular of the seven coastal ferry routes that are orchestrated and managed by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT.) Open for everyone, with daily runs that occur 365 days a year, the short 40-45 minute island-hopping ferry provides an integral link for Ocracoke Island to the rest of the Outer Banks, and provides visitors of all seasons with an exciting way to enjoy a coastal day trip. For a little bit of completely free entertainment, hop aboard via car, truck, bike or even just on foot, and discover a scenic boat ride that's just as thrilling as discovering the island of Ocracoke itself.
Secret Garden Gallery carries the work of superb American crafts folk and artists including handcrafted jewelry and paintings and collages by owners Barbara Hardy and Bob Ray. The emphasis is on local work at the gallery that occasionally has openings for artists showing in their Back Road venue.
Hardy is an excellent non-objective painter who has a fine color sense and great eye for arresting compositions. The multi-talented artist also creates handcrafted jewelry. Ray fascinates the viewer with his collage art and drawings that have an intellectual edge.
Enjoy gold and silver jewelry, handpainted furniture, watercolors by Ed Starnes plus photographs, pottery, oil paintings and sculpture. Shows here can be anything from watercolor paintings of local scenes to more avante garde art. It is a great place on which to keep an eye for fascinating and technically proficient creations.