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Fort Macon, Atlantic Beach
(4.8/5 based on 380+ reviews on the web)
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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  • There is not much you can get for free anymore. Well, Fort Macon is not only free, but it is well worth the time to visit. It is within For Macon State Park which has trails, beachfront, et al. which ...  more »
  • I loved the view from our room. I really enjoyed walk on the beach and. being able to just go to pier and watch all the fisherman. We liked just being out in open and enjoying it. I would recommend th...  more »
  • Fascinating look into the lives of soldiers in many conflicts. The fort has been destroyed and rebuilt many times. It is beautiful and has spectacular views of the ocean. 
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  • Ever since I was very little my family and I have came to this state park. I love the history behind this fort and love to learn about it every time I come back. The views are breathtaking the trails are worth the hike. This state park is very family oriented and educational. I recommend this to all.
  • This free park offers a great visitors center asking with the opportunity to explore an interesting historical site. The movie is a great way to get an introduction to the long history of the fort and it's place in North Carolina and US history. The museum offers a chance to get up close with both the history and the ecology of the site. I especially enjoyed the use of first hand accounts to make it easy to connect with the people of fort Macon. The fort itself would be challenging for anyone with mobility challenges and the fence free edges require close supervision of young children. Older children and adults though with enjoy the chance to walk through the fort, up on the battlements and through the many exhibits. Time your visit to coincide with a tour and get in depth information about the site. If you are in the area, this is a must visit attraction.
  • If you've been on vacation in the area, you've most likely been here. We visit on every trip just to take in a new aspect of the park. The fort is interesting, and as our kid grows up, she finds more and more things of interest. Cannon ceremonies in the evening are worth checking out. Coast Guard does an excellent job describing the artillery and of course it ends with a bang. If you haven't been in many years, be sure to check out the new Visitor's Center.
  • Best beach ever!! Not crowded. Has fresh water faucets to rinse off, great parking, bathrooms and plenty of picnic areas
  • I've been here as a child and it was nice to bring my own. There are guided tours, but you can also wander around on your own without one and enjoy your experience. The park does remind visitors that the fort was made for war, not safety. The drop offs can be sudden, so be careful with letting your young ones (or you for that matter) run around without situational awareness.