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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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Shenandoah Valley, Virginia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

he Roanoke Island Festival Park is a recreation of life on Roanoke Island in the late 1500's, and while the material in the park is pretty standard, the kind of sites you see in most places like this, the museum is one of the best I've been to. It is interactive, dynamic, and chock full of information. The outdoor attractions... More

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Cleveland, Ohio
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45 reviews 45 reviews
15 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Very nice outdoor venue, to see a concert or performance. Nice to walk the grounds. We could not see the concert that night because we had other reservations, but based on what we saw before the show and heard, if you like the group that is preforming, it is a worthwhile experience!

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Fairfax, Virginia
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123 reviews 123 reviews
101 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

This was a great place to spend the day with our younger kids teaching them some early American/English history. So much to see and do within a short drive.

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Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

Visited here 5 years ago and it was a lot better. There were more actors/staff on ground to interact with. The outdoor exhibits were in working condition and looked good. Now... very limited number of actors and the attractions are very worn down. They have a garden that is overgrown with weeds and what looks like some sad corn growing.... More

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Deep Run, North Carolina
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

My husband and I really enjoyed our trip. Our favorite part was the gentleman portraying "James" in the settlement. He was very knowledgeable and answered all of our questions. The Adventure museum was also great, we were afraid it would be geared only towards children but we had a great time interacting with all the exhibits. Overall, I would say... More

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Rocky Mount, North Carolina
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 NEW

Interesting, educational, hands in exhibits. A look into NC history, well organized. Plan on a few hours.

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Lewisburg, PA
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We drove all the way to the Graveyard of the Atlantic museum and nothing compared to the festival park exhibits and museum. The walk through Indian settlements were really interesting, and the ship is beautiful. My kids thought it was awesome of course comparing everything to Pirates of the Caribbean..daughter and I had a couple of giggles over the Will... More

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Top Contributor
96 reviews 96 reviews
26 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Wow! What a great way to immerse yourself in some North American history and have a fabulous time as well. How amazing to walk around inside that replica of the Queen Elizabeth 11 and realize the bravery and courage it took to take to the open seas in such a tiny vessel. A real eye-opener. Also, it was enlightening to... More

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New Bern, North Carolina
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Our family visited the Roanoke Festival Park in June 2014. Our family members ranged in age from 10 to 73 and all enjoyed the visit. There is much to see and do but it can all be experienced in a 2 hour visit. We toured the Indian and English settlement exhibits, went aboard the Elizabeth II and watched the short... More

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Kill devil hills
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Very informative. As a history buff, this attraction showed the life of early settlers and Indian This attraction was very informative in showing the early life of settlers and Indians in this region. It is an interactive site and you can try your hand at weaving baskets or rugs, as well as observe demonstrations like seasoning iron by fire to... More

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