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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 just happened to walk in as a guided tour was starting and we're so glad. The fort itself is interesting but the guide really made it come alive. Great attraction and it's free.  more »
  • Stopped at Fort Macon State Park to go to the beach for a while and then go back to see the museum and the actual fort grounds. It is a nice little piece of NC wartime history. The museum is air-condi...  more »
  • When you can't make it to the beach, plan on going to visit Fort Macon. You can wander through the fort at your leisure and then visit the museum attached to the fort. Fort Macon is a great place to l...  more »

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