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Roanoke Island Festival Park

Downtown Manteo, Roanoke Island, Manteo, NC 27954
+1 252-475-1506
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Ranked #7 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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crepy
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

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
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

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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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

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
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

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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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

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
3 helpful votes 3 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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Louisa, Kentucky
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

My grandsons had just as much fun as I did here. The ship in the bay was worth seeing their little eyes light up. It was breathtaking and the history in the ship itself. The crew was awesome. They told us about everything on it, had the boys look for treasure and let them move the steering stick. This was... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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35 reviews 35 reviews
14 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

This attraction offers a variety of activities all for one price, and the price includes parking. (Show your AA card and save!) The parking lot is in easy access to the facility. Families can explore a replica ship of the Queen Elizabeth II, and replicas of an early colonial village and a Native American settlement. There are museum displays and... More

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Gainesville, FL
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Our kids enjoyed exploring the Indian village, replica ship and settlement. We'd love to see this place better staffed. The settlement had a few really great guides who stayed in character and won our kids over by allowing them to lathe wood and play nine pin. The other two parts needed the same expert guides. We skipped the movie and... More

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Clarksburg, Maryland
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7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

My wife and I enjoyed what there is to see here, but there should be more, especially for the price being charged. The Elizabeth II was excellent, and we enjoyed both the English settlement and the Native American settlement, but both settlement sites could have used more exhibits. The museum needed more exhibits too. Overall, the visit was enjoyable, just... More

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