The site will only take you an hour at most if you read every single thing in the museum and walk really slowly around the trail. I did learn about the freeman's colony on the island and that was interesting. It is free (I would have been highly upset if I had to pay anything to see almost nothing), has bathrooms, and is wheelchair and stroller friendly. Elizabeth Gardens is within the site and so is the Lost Colony play (in the summer only). It is close to Roanoke Island's Old Town, Roanoke's Island Park, and Roanoke's Aquarium. You could make a day of seeing all of those places.
Cons: There is just not that much to do here. The exhibits are lacking and does not have much in terms of information on the Lost Colony. The fort itself looks is just a mound and the trail surrounding it is dull. The gift shop is small and so it does not have that much to offer. There is no place to buy food. It seems like the NPS could save a lot of money if they turned this over to a private organization instead of keeping it open.
Notes: Bring bug spray if you go in the summer. I only gave this three stars because I got to put 3 more stamps on my national parks passport.
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