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“Fort Macon Park is great”

Fort Macon State Park
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Charlotte, North Carolina
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
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“Fort Macon Park is great”
Reviewed October 28, 2012

There is nothing to complain about it is beautiful here. I always bring my family every year and will continue for the years to come.

Visited October 2012
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Knightdale, North Carolina
Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
16 attraction reviews
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“history, nice museum, trails and the beach!”
Reviewed October 23, 2012

As for the fort, the state has done well to keep this park up over the years, and it is free! Donations are gladly accepted though. There are occassional reenactments to see, and lots of places to roam. During the summer on some Friday evenings, they even have concerts in the fort itself, and you can bring your blankets. However, if you have a stroller, due to the nature of the construction of forts from the mid 19th century, you will find the grounds hard to navigate, especially after a hard rain. There are dangerous drop-offs for kids of all ages (adults too), so you have to watch them carefully. But this place is filled with history at every turn. The newly constructed museum does a great job of teaching what life was like during the civil war, and when you walk around the fort itself, that reinforces the feelings that soldiers must have felt here (without all the air-conditioning and bug spray that we have). Do the museum first, then the fort. You will appreciate it more. Enjoy the short, but sometimes hot, walk to the beach to cool off afterwards.

Visited May 2012
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Coppell, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
159 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Renovated state park”
Reviewed October 22, 2012

Depicts NC coast involvement in war. War reenactments each week. Museum contains period artifacts. Gorgeous views of Shackaford Banks and the city of Beaufort from the beach. Great surf fishing. No swimming allowed. On-site restrooms and picnic areas.

Visited July 2012
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Topsail Island, North Carolina
Level 5 Contributor
64 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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“Family fun”
Reviewed October 21, 2012

My whole family really enjoyed our visit to Fort Macon. We went on a Saturday and they were doing live reenactments. You get to walk around and go in to all of the little rooms and they explain what each part of the building was used for. They also have a little museum and information center that was very helpful.

Visited October 2012
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North Carolina
Level 6 Contributor
171 reviews
58 attraction reviews
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“History, ecology, and a beautiful, uncrowded beach”
Reviewed October 18, 2012

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.

Visited October 2012
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