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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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Louisa, Kentucky
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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 NEW

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
16 reviews 16 reviews
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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Dayton, Ohio
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We went to this area and walked around. The indoor museum and the ship was very interesting. We enjoyed walking around the whole park and the village of Manteo - very picturesque.

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Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

The brochure and information presented in the Sunny Day is not what you get. First, the lady at the front desk was not very enthusiastic, she was quite rude. After paying $27.00 for the 3 of us (we had a coupon for $1.00 off, otherwise it was have been $30.00. My daughter, who has a master's in historic preservation was... More

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Henderson, North Carolina
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

An incredible place for kids! And its also educational! Children get to go on the Elizabeth II (I think that's the name of it). When your a 9 year old boy - that is fantastic! Then you get a tour of the lost colony. Jacob got a real nail from the blacksmith and thought he had won the world. Great... More

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El Dorado Springs, Missouri
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014 via mobile

Although this interactive village was much smaller than others I've visited, I'd still say it was an interesting hour or so of the day. I expected more workers in period attire, but only saw four during our tour. What few interactive activities they had were definitely geared more toward younger kids, as we went with our teenager. The video was... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Top Contributor
149 reviews 149 reviews
63 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

This site is on Roanoke Island on the sound and includes some museum displays, and outdoor Native American village, a small outside area with Colonial displays (carpentry and blacksmithing), and a replica sailing ship. The kids enjoyed the visit, although the video about the early years was a bit long at about 45 minutes. The museum does have displays that... More

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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

It is a good change of pace from the beach scene. I think it is just a bit overpriced for what you get.

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