Fort Macon State Park
Fort Macon State Park has multiple personalities as the site of a perfectly restored Civil War-era fort, a museum-quality coastal education center and an unspoiled shoreline for swimming, surf fishing and beachcombing. Nearly surrounded by water at the eastern tip of Bogue Banks, the park offers undisturbed natural beauty and opportunities to explore and learn about salt marshes, estuaries and dune fields. The fort—once a project of Robert E. Lee as a young army engineer—has a history as intricate and unique as the ecosystem. Cannon and musket demonstrations and guided tours are regular features, complementing extensive exhibits indoors and out. A bathhouse and handicapped-accessible beachside areas complete the recreational fare.
A must-see! If you enjoy history, specifically the Civil War, you'll love touring this preserved slice. You'll have free run of the fort to explore. Inside, rooms are preserved and restored with relics from the past on display. The gift shop offers unique gifts that are reasonably priced. I enjoyed my visit very much.
It's seems bland at first but there is more to it than just an old fort. There are sea trails the beach but you can't swim the current is too strong. There is also different tutorial movies you can view. Be sure to speak to a park Services worker they are really knowledgeable and eager to share history with you. New year's is cool as well. They fire off the big cannons now that's an experience.
I've been here several times over the past several years, and they always seem to have added something or improved upon something. It's always well maintained, with a lot of things to learn and see. There's even an area more directed at kids that offers more hands on information such as playing with seashells or using a machine to see how tides work. Honestly, I think what I most appreciate about this park is that they've tried to keep it as genuine as possible. As several signs warn, this fort was built for war, not safety. Examples of this are that they allow you to walk for the most part where you wish to, there are steep steps, etc. While it is very well maintained and there are no aspects of the park I felt were unsafe, parents need to keep an eye on their kids to make sure they are able to explore while still remaining safe.
Family favorite when visiting Atlantic Beach. Love visiting the park and the beach is right over the dune. Beautiful area but get here early because it's also very popular and fills up fast.
Very enjoyable historic park. Amazing Visitor's center. Very modern. Short, pleasant 3 mile loop trail among the dunes. The fort has great exhibits throughout the complex.
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