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Roanoke Island Festival Park

Downtown Manteo, Roanoke Island, Manteo, NC 27954
+1 252-475-1506
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Ranked #6 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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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

This is the perfect venue for a bluegrass or any musical occasion--the stage faces the audience, who look beyond the stage to the open water beyond.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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92 reviews 92 reviews
59 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014 NEW

The part that you have to actually pay for was okay, but there wasn't a whole lot to it really (a few outdoor exhibits on early settler life, some period actors, the ship). Exploring the ship was the best part, and I personally was interested in the historic stuff but I was there with young kids that weren't at all... More

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New Providence, Pennsylvania
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42 reviews 42 reviews
35 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Easy to walk around the park, great to show children the history of the Indians and first visitors of the colonies. Indian village, Elizabeth ll ship and first settlement plus interesting movie and museum.

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Nebraska
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70 reviews 70 reviews
29 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

This is not what we expected but it was informative in some ways. A lot of walking involved but the museum was very nice.

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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

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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
16 helpful votes 16 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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