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Roanoke Island Festival Park

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Address: Downtown Manteo, Roanoke Island, Manteo, Roanoke Island, NC 27954
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+1 252-475-1506
09:00 - 17:00
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This is a small park with replicas of the village where the colonists might have lived and a ship that they sailed on. There were two docents on hand to explain blacksmithing... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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Bay Area California
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47 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Park covers a large area with nice boardwalks for viewing the sound and river. But the most sobering exhibit is a true-sized replica of the Queen Elizabeth ship that brought the first settlers to Roanoke. It was 69 feet long and accommodated 50 people. All passengers were kept below deck through the voyage while crew managed the ship. You... More 

Thank Bolond
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16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a small park with replicas of the village where the colonists might have lived and a ship that they sailed on. There were two docents on hand to explain blacksmithing, wood-working, village life and customs. Two docents on the ship, both females, were great. The third docent, male, was very rude and the reason I can't give 5... More 

Thank roseroze
Six Mile, South Carolina
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34 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice place and exhibits. There were only 4 folks in character on a Thu in early April. It may be more immersive in the summer. Enjoyed the museum very much with something for everyone in our group of 9 yr old to 62 yr old.

Thank Burkett207
New Lenox, Illinois
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

You could board a replica ship, take a look at an old settlement, and experience how the Indians lived. But with the exception the ship and the settlement there was no one to explain anything. The settlement had 2 people working but there were quite a few visitors so she was unable to work with everybody. The person working as... More 

Thank Mark n Debbi S
north carolina, United States
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85 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful park, walk from downtown, or drive, lots of parking. Lots of exhibits and living history. Even a ride on a replica of one of the ships.

Thank Martha H
Wichita, Kansas
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30 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you are a history buff, an educator, or family with kids, you will love this place! The are numerous things to see, learn and to do. See Native American home & village with tools. See Early English campsite where you can practice carving wooden table legs, play a game of 9 Pin, place your prisoner, try on metal chest... More 

Thank Emomma3
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92 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2017

It's on it's own little island! What a great place to hold an event. Nice grounds. I didn't visit the museum, but they have a pretty large one there as well. We stumbled on this place and walked around, very nice scenery.

Thank luv2travel30
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 28 December 2016

Went totally off-season, so characters were limited, It was still fun because there was a lot of hands-on interaction! My 12 year old granddaughter and I dressed in the clothes of the period. The blacksmith gave a demonstration of his nail making and presented my granddaughter a nail he made to take home as a souvenir. There are displays outside... More 

Thank Lolitatraveler
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56 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 November 2016

This was similar to jamestown but a bit more local in flavor and scale. Personable period actors who were very engaging and educational. Nice small walk and great location. Very nice indorr explaination of history.

Thank finelaub
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65 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2016

Even though we went when it was just starting to be the off season, there was still plenty to see and a variety of people to talk to. The staff dress in period clothing and talk (as best they can) like you would expect from this era. The boat was amazing and it was even more amazing to find out... More 

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