The Festival Park, as it is called, is right in the middle of downtown Manteo. You drive over a bridge and enter an area with extensive parking just a short walk from the entrance. Once you pay, you get a sticker to wear and that gives you free access to the entire area. Of course the Elizabeth II replica is the high point of the visit, and the kids loved exploring from stem to stern. You walk around the beautiful forested grounds and find various displays---Indian sites, settlements, hands on materials---at some times there are costumed historic interpreters in each area but the morning we were there that was true only on the ship. There is also a small museum area because that is being refurbished we were told and a large and diversified gift shop. Be sure and ask when you enter about the time of the movie because it was being shown only every 2 hours on our visit. It lasts about 45 minutes and is a wonderful, educational, entertaining story about how the conflicts between the English settlers and the Indians came about. You see the friendship develop among the different Indian tribes and then see how the English caused a rift. There is enough action that even our 9 and 12-year-old boys were kept interested in the story. I have visited the Park before and never saw the movie; for me it was the high point of the visit. I think it would be very helpful to see the movie prior to seeing "The Lost Colony" (which is a can't miss attraction by the way!)
You certainly need to allow at least a couple of hours, and you are welcome to stay as long as you wish.
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