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 went on a very cold windy day and enjoyed the stop. It is a free attraction, a combination of both inside and outside viewing spots. We visited on New Years Eve and they were having live music and ...  more »
  • We traveled to the fort in the "off season." There were no guided tours at this time, but the weather was still nice and we appreciated the opportunity to linger in areas without keeping up with a gro...  more »
  • The Fort has been sectioned into various rooms which tell the story of the Forts history. Entry was free. The site would certainly benefit from more safety features but so worth the effort to visit.  more »

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