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Fort Macon, Atlantic Beach

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State Park Military Facility
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 stayed for the firing of the cannon. Great history lesson & the scenery was amazing. This is a great activity to do with kids.  more »
  • Having been to a few old Civil War sites we did not have huge expectations. We were pleasantly surprised by Ft. Macon. The Fort is well preserved and immense in size. Small exhibits are set up in vari...  more »
  • Well preserved, great architecture and planning in the day. Nice excursion to learn the history of the fort. Exhibits well presented and not difficult to walk.  more »