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. To visit Fort Macon and other attractions in Atlantic Beach, use our Atlantic Beach trip builder tool .
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  • We have visited numerous forts and Fort Macon rates the highest! It was interactive, well organized, informative. As a parent and a teacher, I HIGHLY recommend it!!  more »
  • My wife and I, vacationing in Beaufort for the first time, visited here after several locals recommended it and we’re glad we did. Everything about this place is top quality: it’s whistle clean visito...  more »
  • If you like history this is a great place to visit. The fort is very well preserved. There are lots of cannons and the view makes it easy to visualize the war taking place right in front of you. Also ...  more »

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