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Roanoke Island Festival Park

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Address: Downtown Manteo, Roanoke Island, Manteo, Roanoke Island, NC 27954
Phone Number: +1 252-475-1506
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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History comes alive with a replica of Elizabeth II's era and...

History comes alive with a replica of Elizabeth II's era and costumed-sixteenth-century characters.

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Interesting historical place, fun for kids

They have a lot of interesting hitorical information presented in a hands-on way that our kids enjoyed (boys-12, 8, 4).

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 26, 2015
Courtney T
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Teutopolis, Illinois, United States
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English first
Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This historic, educational site is interactive and a lot of fun for families. We got to visit Native American villages to see how the native people lived. We also saw a colonial village, complete with actors in character. They showed up woodworking, blacksmithing, and the kids even got to be in the stocks! The actors were excellent at staying in... More 

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Thank Diana E
New York City, New York
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177 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

I would say this is probably one of the easiest parks to visit. Access was easy and the place was clean, organized and pretty. Of course we went in December, off season, but to me, that's the best time to visit high tourist areas... So nice when no one is around.

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Thank katrinangel2
Teutopolis, Illinois, United States
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19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015 via mobile

They have a lot of interesting hitorical information presented in a hands-on way that our kids enjoyed (boys-12, 8, 4).

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Thank Courtney T
St Augustine
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39 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

Ever wonder about the early years in the New World? Well this is where you learn more about English Pirates like Drake and others, who's sole purpose was to raid Spanish ships from the outer banks. Those from St Augustine might not appreciate the this, but it's worth a visit to argue with the re-enactors. :) Love you guys!

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Thank InnOnCharlotte
North Carolina
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203 reviews
91 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

Visited on a warm sunny October morning. Walked around the grounds before we went to the ship. Signs around telling about the tents or houses. Guides were informative. They do blacksmith demos and you can tour the ship. Nice fun day. Great for kids and adults would find it interesting too.

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Thank Sunny0807
Brickell, Florida
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31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

Stopped here too late to see anything and found that the Elizabeth 2 was not in port. Walked the boardwalk around the grounds but found it hard to find.

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Thank A E B
Shavertown, Pennsylvania
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77 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

This piece of Roanoke Island offers history about the early residents, both Anglo and Native American. There is an old sailing ship to tour with guides to explain much. There are both living quarters and work "shops" to show how life was during the early times. Signs explained much and tour persons helped demonstrate certain activities. We missed the schedule... More 

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Thank CRLretired
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28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015 via mobile

Nicely presented educational trip back in time. Explore this historical area from the prospective of the indigenous Indians and then again from the prospective of the first settlers. Well done exhibit.

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Thank Drheartless
home
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17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Great indoor museum and gift shop. The replica ship is also very well done. The outdoor exhibits other than the boat are slightly less interesting but there are frequently costumed interpreters that help keep it interesting. There is an area for the kids to sift through shale for shark's teeth. There are also boardwalk trails that run around the small... More 

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Thank potterfan99
Virginia
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

We were pleasantly surprised how much we learned during our visit. The movie in the auditorium was so interesting & educational. The tour guides along the path, on the Elizabeth II, and at the exhibits. My husband participated using the tools of the times was fun and made for some great pictures. Great place to with the family from young... More 

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