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Roanoke Island Festival Park

Downtown Manteo, Roanoke Island, Manteo, NC 27954
+1 252-475-1506
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Ranked #5 of 12 Attractions in Manteo
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Ships
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: History comes alive with a replica of Elizabeth II's era and costumed-sixteenth-century characters.
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English first
Edenton, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

The facility is both fun and informative. The people working the exhibits were great and stayed in character. my family enjoyed the tour of the Elizabeth II but due to my health issues I wasn't able to tour it. It was handicap accessible however I was just unable to tour it. I enjoyed the exhibits and the theater a lot.... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

I was taken by surprise at how clean and well appointed this facility was. The whole island was beautiful.

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

The staff sure be dressed in period costumes and act like they want to be there. The museum was nice though.

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Ballston Spa
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This was the best stop on our vacation! There is a native american village, colonial settlement, and Elizabeth II - a replica ship you can actually explore. The people working at the exhibits are great! Most are in period dress and can answer any question you have. After you have explored the outside, there is a museum that is amazing... More

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crepy
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

We just wandered in the streets of the "old town" felt a bit like in Europe. Small shops, great pier, docks, board walk, boats to watch and tables and chairs for your convenience. A lot of small antique shops.. Can take hours just to visit them. But not fun for small kids, only by the lighthouse, there is a playgroung.... More

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Rye Brook, New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Lets start off with why we went. We were vacationing in the outer banks and decided to check this place out. Just a week ago we went to colonial Williamsburg But, I expected nothing like that. But, It was worse then I imagined. On there website they stated the park was 25 acres and I knew it would not cover... More

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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Sometimes sites that market themselves as historic can be boring... Fortunately, this one was not! I found more information on Roanoke Island and the legend of the Lost Colony here than at the actual NPS site! The displays were interactive (perfect for kids and adults)! I found myself stopping to play videos and play along with some of the activities!... More

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Pennsylvania
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Took my two grandchildren, 6&10 to see the ship. Did not know we would also be able to tour life-like set-ups that showed how the Indians and first European settlers lived. Lot of interactive, educational information. Staff at encampments spoke the "Olde English" and were in period costumes. We enjoyed demonstrations about early furniture making. We also liked the blacksmith... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We were looking for something different to do and we found it! Our kids loved going on the ship and saw how native Americans and early colonists once lived. All the people working were friendly and funny too!

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We happened across Festival Park while walking our dog around Manteo. It's a very nice area, lots to see. We couldn't take the dog into the museum area but enjoyed walking around the grounds. The ladies in the gift shop invited us all in and gave her a bowl of water and several treats! They had great information about where... More

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