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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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Cocoa Beach, Florida
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59 reviews 59 reviews
15 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

This is a historic location where the Elizabeth II resides, and the replica villages of natives and settlers, with a frequent storyteller on site. There is also a 45 minute film offering a fictionalized historical reenactment of the settlers arrival in Roanoke Island and the devastation wrecked upon the natives.

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164 reviews 164 reviews
73 attraction reviews
174 helpful votes 174 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

My husband and I came here early one morning and spent several hours. We just about had the place to ourselves. The outdoor part is interesting with actors from the time period. My husband likes the ship you could get on best. Inside there are lots of thing to see. If you have small children the would love this place.... More

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Louisville, Kentucky
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

I feel like one reason we were disappointed with this park was the fact that the main season was over and there just wasn't much to see.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

We had gone to Roanoke for a dolphin-watching cruise, but missed the boat. We decided to wander over to the park, as my daughter was intrigued by the sailing ship anchored there. What we found was a gorgeous park and some of the most interesting, authentic historical reenactments we had ever seen. There is a native American village, as well... More

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Wytheville, Virginia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

We attended the 2014 Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival, which takes place here on Roanoke Island Festival Park- dubbed "Bluegrass Island" for the 4 day festival. The lineup of music was top notch, 4 days of bands playing back to back, great lesser known all the way to "big name" bands. Emceed by great personalities in the bluegrass world! There were... More

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Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
13 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

After reading abut this park I had thought it would be very touristy and full of commercialism. To my amazement it wasn't that at all. After the entrance fee of $10 is paid, there is no more costs involved in the experience. No food or drink or vendors of any kind looking for a sale. Instead there is history, oriented... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

There were some excellent performers here and most of the music was spot-on tight! But to call this shindig a festival is misleading. There were a smattering of interesting food and novelty vendors. The place is pretty but very finite, and you have to pay extra for the Historical Exhibits etc, not that we were particularly interested. The extra-cost transportation... More

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

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

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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