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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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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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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Lots of History

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
North Carolina
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St Augustine
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39 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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North Carolina
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200 reviews
90 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

Thank Sunny0807
Brickell, Florida
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31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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Shavertown, Pennsylvania
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77 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

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

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.

Thank Drheartless
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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 

Thank potterfan99
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 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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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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156 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

We truly enjoyed our visit which was filled with not only early American and Native American history but also information about the civil war, World War II, and water rescue. Lots of activities to try...great for all ages!

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in NJ
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247 reviews
107 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

5 adults here, had the coupon so took 1 dollar off each admission, it was a rainy day so we were looking for something to get us out of the weather. Walked down to see the Indian village, interesting enough, liked the feature that said the Algonquin name for common items. Other interactive stuff for kids, liked the recreation of... More 

Thank Kitsaattheshore
Willow Grove, Pennsylvania
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19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Paid $9.00 apiece (with AAA discount) to walk around Island Festival Park on Roanoke Island, which represents the first English settlement attempt in 1585. There are a few outdoor exhibits - and Indian town, an English settlement, and a replica of the ship Sir Walter Raleigh sailed to the New World with 116 English settlers. The exhibits were definitely geared... More 

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