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Fort Macon State Park

Open Now: 09:00 - 17:30
Open today: 09:00 - 17:30
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Excellent Park on a Beautiful Coast

A well-preserved, historic Civil War era fort served by a terrific visitor center and surrounded by... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Pensacola, Florida
A well restored Second System seacoast fort

Fort Macon was built in the 1820s, was captured by Union forces in 1862, and remained in Union... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Berryville, Virginia
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  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
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“civil war”(90 reviews)
“visitor center”(49 reviews)
“beach access”(37 reviews)
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2303 E Fort Macon Rd, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512-5633
+1 252-726-3775
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 3 August 2014 via mobile

The views are quite scenic. This is my favorite beach in the area to go to. There are picnic facilities, a wash house and public restrooms at this beach access and plentiful parking. The parking is free at this beach unlike Atlantic Beach and Emerald...More

3  Thank fantasticallons-y
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 6 June 2014

a neat Place if you like history. no other reason to go here . I have been one time and would not go back .

1  Thank Sarah A
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All reviews civil war visitor center beach access gift shop nice beach air conditioned interesting history guided tour great place to visit nature trail welcome center piece of history drop offs love history walk around emerald isle worth the trip
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Reviewed 3 days ago

A well-preserved, historic Civil War era fort served by a terrific visitor center and surrounded by fantastic beaches! Tours are offered, and living history events are held often. Park is free!

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fort Macon was built in the 1820s, was captured by Union forces in 1862, and remained in Union hands. The state of NC did a great job of restoring her to her Civil War appearance. Good signage, good visitor center, and well kept grounds. We...More

Thank Michael0361
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I probably went to the park 25 years ago and didn't do much walking around it this time either. I went and walked the beaches that are there. It is a very nice quiet beach and it was great for some shelling. I haven't had...More

1  Thank lilone2002
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had 12 people ages 1-65 and all enjoyed this museum. Great movie to go along with the hands on exhibit. Fort was awesome and kids loved the cannons. Also great gift shop and handy bathrooms. Fort has uneven areas and steep stairs.

1  Thank cheaptravel_10
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Don't miss this and Fort Macon Public Beach... The Fort has a spectacular view and the film they show continuously is worth watching for teen and adults. Air conditioned visitor center is a welcolme break from summer heat.

Thank Roam521889
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Well maintain park with a must-see museum and incredible beach. Interesting and the kids will enjoy the "fort."

Thank martesque
Reviewed 2 October 2018

Very interesting if you are interested in war history, loved seeing the old cannons and hear the story behind them, it is a beautiful setting and nice gift shop

Thank Elaine P
Reviewed 23 September 2018

Fort Macon State Park offers visitors both the chance to surround themselves with nature will also getting a rare glimpse into history, particularly the Civil War. Even after being made into North Carolina's second state park, Fort Macon was again used during World War II...More

1  Thank Rebekah C
Reviewed 17 September 2018 via mobile

Our hotel was walking distance to Fort Macon which allowed us to check it out. Very cool fort showing it's old history. Well kept and clean. Informative inside area with lots of mini things for kids to nest around with.

Thank T_Bloyd
Reviewed 14 September 2018

The fort is incredible, the views are gorgeous, and the narration is really very well done, This is a must see in my opinion when in this area. I love it and truly consider it a historical gem which also adds a fun element when...More

Thank fiamma11
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Georgette W
10 August 2017|
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Response from vic_deans | Reviewed this property |
To my knowledge there is no place to dock a boat to go and visit the fort. The Coast Guard base is on one side and open beach on the other with no dock.
Ken M
11 April 2017|
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Response from Bo B | Reviewed this property |
Pets must be on a leash no longer than six feet at all times. ... Pets are not allowed in bathhouses, changing areas, rinsing stations, swimming areas, restrooms, visitor centers, rental boats or group campsites. Exceptions... More
21 March 2017|
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Response from Bo B | Reviewed this property |
They accommodate anything you can drive in.