This park has two parts, a swimming area and a natural/historic area. As you drive east on Fort Macon Road, you'll come first to the beach access entrance, which I bypassed on my visit. If you keep going down the road, you'll get to the fort itself, which overlooks Beaufort Inlet and the ocean. Leaving the parking lot, you can walk among the ocean dunes on or off boardwalks and go right down to the beach, but you cannot swim there. The views are perfect, the seabirds abundant. Returning to the parking lot, you can walk to a shelter overlooking Bogue Sound and then up to a little museum and the fort itself. It is decidedly NOT a war museum; instead, you'll find well-designed exhibits and films dealing with the fort's natural environment, along with historic materials and a nice little gift shop. A short walk from the museum is the actual fort, beautifully restored to give visitors a feel for what it was like to man this fort in earlier times. All in all, a great attraction, but not too good for people who have difficulty walking or climbing stairs.