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Fort Macon, Atlantic Beach

(4.9/5 based on 400+ 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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  • We were impressed with the history here. The fort is well preserved and a piece of American history everyone should stop and see. Not a lot of walking. Clean. Informative. Well worth your time  more »
  • One of the early coastal defenses along the Atlantic, Fort Macon is well preserved and coupled with the various museum exhibits gives one a good idea of the part this fort played back then. A visit he...  more »
  • We spent an evening here the last time we were on vacation at Atlantic Beach. It is a really cool and interesting area to explore. There is a good bit to see and experience and lots to learn. It's pre...  more »