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Roanoke Island Festival Park

1 Festival Park, Across from the Manteo Waterfront, Manteo, Roanoke Island, NC 27954-9396
+1 252-475-1500
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Experience a new adventure in an old-world at Roanoke Island Festival Park. This 25-acre historic site allows guests of all ages to experience first hand what life was like for the first English settlers in 1585. Historic costumed interpreters are featured through Indian Town, the Settlement Site and the Elizabeth II ship to show and tell how the first settlers lived, worked and played on Roanoke Island. For a hands-on history lesson, visit the Adventure Museum that features interactive exhibits that all ages will enjoy. The park also serves as a venue for concerts, events and weddings in the indoor theatre or outdoor waterfront pavilion. Whether you’re enjoying the museum or an outdoor concert, Festival Park offers a stunning location with piers, nature trails and picturesque views at every turn. Experience an unforgettable adventure on the Outer Banks at Roanoke Island Festival Park – where history comes alive.
  • Excellent54%
  • Very good30%
  • Average13%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“elizabeth ii” (69 reviews)
“replica ship” (25 reviews)
“indian village” (25 reviews)
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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1 Festival Park, Across from the Manteo Waterfront, Manteo, Roanoke Island, NC 27954-9396
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+1 252-475-1500
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"english village"
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"living history"
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"period dress"
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"island history"
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"roanoke island"
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"native american"
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"gift shop"
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a great time interacting with all the staff at the settlement sites. They were very informed and funny. Enjoyed all that I met there. It’s not a big place which is a plus on a hot day. Plenty of shady areas too. Visiting...More

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RIFestivalPark, Public Relations Manager at Roanoke Island Festival Park, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for the review Renee! We are glad you enjoyed your visit.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was very educational and fun with interpreters that were well versed in the life and history of local settlers. They provide various demonstrations throughout the day. It includes a tour of a functional recreation of a sailing ship used to cross the Atlantic. While...More

Thank jsteg2015
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RIFestivalPark, Public Relations Manager at Roanoke Island Festival Park, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for visiting and for the great review!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This sums up my 6 year olds take on the place! I loved speaking to the costumed docents on the ship, they knew so much and were very into character! Though they liked to tell you how the replica was built and her sailing history....More

Thank RebeccaR2
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RIFestivalPark, Public Relations Manager at Roanoke Island Festival Park, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for the review Rebecca. We are thrilled to hear that your group enjoyed their visit!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went there for a wedding, and it was beautiful! The wedding was at 4 o clock, and at night it's so pretty with all the lights. Great view of the water too. Great venue for a wedding. Plenty of room for dancing, and catering....More

Thank tammy o
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RIFestivalPark, Public Relations Manager at Roanoke Island Festival Park, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Tammy. We are happy to hear you enjoyed our venue. Thank you for the review!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Elizabeth II, a replica of one of the 7 ships that brought the first settlers over can be boarded and explored. It was interesting to see how the early settlers sailed here. The Early Settlement area had 3 actors who demonstrated and explained how...More

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RIFestivalPark, Public Relations Manager at Roanoke Island Festival Park, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting and for the review Barb!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to learn about the start of our country. You get to explore the ship, see and Indian village and the Roanoke settlement. They have some hands on activities for the kids to try. The museum is also a nice little learning experience.

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Reviewed 9 July 2018

A trip to the past! Very interesting way to learn about the first first colony and how the English came over. The buildings provided the children (and adults) with a tangible understanding of both the native american villages as well as the English settlers. Demonstrations...More

Thank wondamore
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RIFestivalPark, Public Relations Manager at Roanoke Island Festival Park, responded to this reviewResponded 11 July 2018

Thank you for visiting the park. We are so happy to hear that your family had a great time!

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Reviewed 8 July 2018

We brought our 18 year old son here because he enjoys history, and it didn't disappoint. We started with the movie, which was excellent, then out to the settlement site then the museum. This place gives a great history of the Outer Banks and English...More

1  Thank MomtoDJG
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RIFestivalPark, Public Relations Manager at Roanoke Island Festival Park, responded to this reviewResponded 9 July 2018

Thank you for supporting the park. We are happy to hear your family had a great experience!

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Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

Great place to visit. Lots of fun stuff to interact with, see and do. Kids liked talking with the interpreters and finding out what life was really like back in the late 1500’s.

Thank jennieg54
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RIFestivalPark, Public Relations Manager at Roanoke Island Festival Park, responded to this reviewResponded 29 June 2018

Thank you for the review. We are happy to hear your group had a great time at the park!

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Reviewed 28 June 2018 via mobile

What a great surprise to find. A lot of hands on interaction with the museum exhibits. The volunteers and interpreters where fantastic and very knowledgeable. The QE II was a great time period replica providing a sense for what life aboard would have been like...More

1  Thank Keith E
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RIFestivalPark, Public Relations Manager at Roanoke Island Festival Park, responded to this reviewResponded 29 June 2018

Hi Keith. Thank you for the review and tips for future travelers. We will pass your kind words on to our staff.

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brunettebaby32
28 March 2017|
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Response from Cherylsj757 | Reviewed this property |
Oh yes! Lots of things to look at there. And there are places to sit along the way if you get tired. There are also a lot of exhibits which are interactive. Enjoy your day!
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CharlieBeee
27 September 2016|
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Response from thecottews | Reviewed this property |
Almost everything is outside. It is fairly small, so you can probably still do everything.
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Cheryl F
2 April 2016|
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Response from RIFestivalPark | Property representative |
Hi Cheryl! Yes, your ticket includes a self-guided tour of the Elizabeth II ship, our interactive museum, American Indian town and the settlement site. Guests are also welcomed to visit our piers and our outdoor pavilion.
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