Fort Macon State Park, Atlantic Beach

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The historical fortification at Fort Macon State Park is surrounded by unspoiled nature and wonderful beaches. The fort was built in 1826 and is now fully restored, from the outer defenses to the inner chambers. Explore the fort on your own, then visit the museum room to learn about its history. You also can opt for a guided tour. Outside the fort, the park sets the stage for swimming, hiking, fishing, and picnicking. A bathhouse and concession stand are open during warmer months, while the picnic area and restrooms are accessible year-round. Plan to see Fort Macon State Park and other attractions that appeal to you using our Atlantic Beach trip itinerary planning app .
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  • Located at the eastern tip of Bogue Bank, Fort Macon State Park is unique within North Carolina’s park system, offering visitors both the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the state’s coastal environ...  more »
  • As a state on the Atlantic Coast, the historical significance of Ft. Macon is important. The State Park is beautiful, calm, peaceful - no matter what time of the year. In fact, we enjoy going in the c...  more »
  • NC’s Second State Park! Well worth a few hours to visit... Small State Park with a rich history... harbor protection, Civil War, War of 1812, State Park, then back into military service and finally re...  more »
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  • A nicely-done piece of NC history. Beautiful visitor center with a comprehensive and surprisingly long history of the fort as well as ecological information. The fort itself is well-maintained with rooms dedicated to the various periods of the fort. The view from the gun emplacements really highlights local geography and is beautiful. Try to check for the times of the guided tours and cannon firings. There's also a nice park with beach access and restrooms.
  • There is a nice welcome center with beach access and great views. When you drive a little further up the road, you get to the four and the museum. The museum has lots of historical information and is nicely organized. There is a mini theater where you can watch a documentary. The fort is very well preserved and has great views and lots of rooms were you can walk in and see where soldiers lived and worked. Great experience!
  • A must-see! If you enjoy history, specifically the Civil War, you'll love touring this preserved slice. You'll have free run of the fort to explore. Inside, rooms are preserved and restored with relics from the past on display. The gift shop offers unique gifts that are reasonably priced. I enjoyed my visit very much.
  • The most gorgeous views of our inlet and bring the whole family for a step back in civil war history at this amazing Fort! Listen to the history in an interactive setting! you are going to love this place! They even have beautiful weddings on the grounds!
  • It's seems bland at first but there is more to it than just an old fort. There are sea trails the beach but you can't swim the current is too strong. There is also different tutorial movies you can view. Be sure to speak to a park Services worker they are really knowledgeable and eager to share history with you. New year's is cool as well. They fire off the big cannons now that's an experience.
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