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Roanoke Island Festival Park

Downtown Manteo, Roanoke Island, Manteo, NC 27954
252-475-1506
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Ranked #7 of 13 attractions in Manteo
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums
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
Gold Canyon, Arizona
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Our family (husband, me, two kids aged 3 and 5) loved the Roanoke Island Festival Park. The highlight of the visit was going on the Elizabeth II. As other reviewers state, it is small but the actual size. My kids loved the Indian village and early settlement village. These were relatively small exhibits, yet they were interesting and had some... More

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Mountain View, CA
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

The old Indian Village walk through was excellent. One can hear the local language spoken by opening wooden panels, see how food was prepared and what was planted to eat. The old ship was a treat to visit and great for pictures.

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Va Beach
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

Wonderful waterfront setting! The location is terrific for a concert and the parking area was well managed. Food and drinks were good and at a great value!

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Manteo, North Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

We enjoyed the interpreters in costume. They make you feel like you really are going back in history. There are lots of hands on activities and the new museum is wonderful. My kids loved it! The site is beautiful. We can't wait to do it all again!

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Albany, NY
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120 reviews 120 reviews
41 attraction reviews
166 helpful votes 166 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

Spent a rather dreary afternoon at the Festival Park recently. The March of Dimes run/Walk was that day, so first we walked around the compound, down the boardwalk to the conservation area where they are trying to reestablish the local flora and fauna (including aquatic fauna) to the waterfront. Boardwalks, through natural marshes, surround much of Roanoke Island Festival Park... More

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Auburn Hills, Michigan
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36 reviews 36 reviews
29 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013 via mobile

We visited this beautiful park and museum. There was a small fee and we got there late so we didn't get to spend the time we would've liked to. The time we did spend was fun and like a step back in time (Way back). We met some interesting characters there who made the experience fun as well as a... More

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Charlottesville, Va
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56 reviews 56 reviews
26 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

The ship and the rest of the exhibits were inhabited by guides in period costume who wouldn't break character. We really enjoyed asking them questions, etc.

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Powell, Tennessee
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25 reviews 25 reviews
17 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

The kids loved the pirate ship. The staff on the ship were knowledgeable and interacted with the kids to show them what life was like on the ship. Most of the other things were a self guided tour but still very educational. Lots of fun and would recommend.

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Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Roanoke Island is steeped in history. Trace the local history from the native american settlement to the Elizabethan era voyages of Sir Walter Raleigh to the Civil War era to the rich maritime history of Dare County. Hands on Childrens activities, living period interpreters, special events. Must do childrens activity.

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Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

There was so much to see. We enjoyed seeing the Elizabeth ship and being able to walk aboard the ship. So much history to see and learn.

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