Fort Macon, Atlantic Beach

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Discover the rich Civil War history of Fort Macon, which features a fully restored brick and stone military fort. Surrounded on three sides by water, the park sits at the eastern end of a long barrier island just off North Carolina's mainland. You can sign up for a guided tour of the military establishment or do a self-guided tour using a guide available at the bookstore on site. Although the majority of the park's 1.3 million annual visitors come to see the fort's 26 vaulted rooms, the surrounding area offers abundant opportunities to swim, surf, fish, hike, and cycle. The natural areas of the island shelter a range of coastal ecosystems, serving as nesting grounds for several species of sea, marsh, and shore birds. The park offers guided bird-watching tours, hiking trips, and astronomy lessons. Plan your visit to Fort Macon and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Atlantic Beach trip builder.
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  • August 14, 2017
    We went when it was raining. Still had a great time. At a minimum, take the guided tour. If you don't want to do that, watch the movie in the main building before you out to the fort. We did both. I w...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    A must do if you are at the beach. Well maintained civil war fort. Learned a lot about what happened there during three wars. Beautiful spot with scenic vistas, surrounded by rivers and sound. Admissi...  more »
  • August 7, 2017
    We had two families visit with four children ranging in ages from 5-13. All the adults plus children were engulfed in what they were seeing.  more »

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