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Roanoke Island Festival Park

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Address: Downtown Manteo, Roanoke Island, Manteo, Roanoke Island, NC 27954
Phone Number: +1 252-475-1506
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
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History comes alive with a replica of Elizabeth II's era and...

History comes alive with a replica of Elizabeth II's era and costumed-sixteenth-century characters.

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This was a nice side venture. The Elizabeth II is really awesome. It really gives you an incredible insight into hardship of first travelers and we were tied up at dock. The... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Christopher K
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Leland, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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Leland, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a nice side venture. The Elizabeth II is really awesome. It really gives you an incredible insight into hardship of first travelers and we were tied up at dock. The docent was fabulous and kids will really the enjoy the hands-on museum.

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Thank Christopher K
Washington, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

The grounds are beautiful and the staff are helpful. Enjoyed the ship tour. If you enjoy history you will enjoy it.

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South Carolina
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182 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

We visited in fall, so attendance was light and we had interpreters one-on-one at times. The exhibits are simple, but well done with lots of interactive opportunities for children. The interpreters with whom we spoke were knowledgeable and friendly. There is also a movie and museum; again, both are well done. Adults can do whole thing in 2+ hours (including... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

We came by on a family reunion with 2 seniors, 4 adults and 1 child. Everyone had fun exploring the Indian houses and settler village. I was really impressed with the ship. It's a real boat! The park guides were dressed up and added an extra level of interest with facts about the exhibits. Many areas were highly interactive. My... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

We enjoyed visiting this attraction. (Except having to dodge 50 high schoolers on a field trip that day). The Elizabeth II ship tour was very interesting and informative. The native villages were quaint and fun.

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Thank B. L
Pacific Palisades, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

This is a superbly designed and maintained history park, with lots of hands-on activities for kids. It has a full-scale replica of The Elizabeth sailing ship, Indian villages, and settler homes, with knowledgable docents, and other exhibits and films. Truly a must-visit for anyone in the Outer Banks interested in the fascinating story of the Lost Colony on Roanoke Island.

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Osprey, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

Watched the Blacksmith make a nail mosquitos were having lunch on me. it was on the muggy side and looked like it might rain. We kinda had to move along. Stopped in the Gift Shop like most prices were on the high side.

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Thank joann d
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

There are 4 areas to see. A ship, an early settler life display, an Indian long house and a movie about the history of the area surrounding Manteo. Takes about 2 hours and that includes the 40 minute movie. Good for kids. Costs about $10 for an adult but you can find coupons for a $1 off. The festival is... More 

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