Roanoke Island Festival Park, Manteo
(3.9/5 based on 360+ reviews on the web)
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  • Even though we went when it was just starting to be the off season, there was still plenty to see and a variety of people to talk to. The staff dress in period clothing and talk (as best they can) lik...  more »
  • This was a nice side venture. The Elizabeth II is really awesome. It really gives you an incredible insight into hardship of first travelers and we were tied up at dock. The docent was fabulous and ki...  more »
  • The grounds are beautiful and the staff are helpful. Enjoyed the ship tour. If you enjoy history you will enjoy it. 
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  • Good Plastic, Bad History... Visited in August, 2016. Terribly disappointing. The Indian village was all plastic...plastic wood, plastic reed roofs, plastic fish. The Elizabeth II recreated ship was good. The recreated settlement was very small, but at least it was real wood and materials. The staff left a lot to be desired. Some were in costume, some not. Some knew what they were talking about, some not so much. Inaccurate historical facts were sometimes stated. the Park opened at 9 am, but as of 10 am the "blacksmith" hadn't started his forge and stated he should get it going in "about 25 min." If a place opens at 9, ALL the exhibits should be up and running at 9, especially at a place that offered so few attractions to begin with. The "living history" museum was on life support. They had a movie which contained at least one egregious historical error, and not much else. This is definitely an attraction you don't need to see. At $10 a person it was not terribly expensive, but about $9.50 overpriced.
  • Be sure to check out the Indian village and the real working sailing ship that they have docked there. The museum is one of the best on the cape. Get your tickets to the Lost Colony right next door practically and then spend a few hours here. They do close at 5 pm - but your tickets are good for two days, which is convenient.
  • It was very hot, and my son was tired. He complained the whole way there (we accidentally parked in town and had to take the bridge across--there is ample parking at the park itself). However, once we got there, he had no complaints but the heat. The Elizabeth II is not the largest ship we've ever visited, but it is full scale, and our son had to take two trips below deck to turn the anchor wheel. He was fascinated by the long houses and American Indian technology, and sat to listen to several of the folk tales. The blacksmith was working in the English camp while we were there, and we got to take a nail home as a souvenir. The museum inside was well done, with several interactive portions, and air conditioned. Was disappointed the gift shop was closed while we were there, but it was a well-spent morning.
  • I have only explored the park after hours and walked along the docks, but the docks are really nice and it is a really relaxing walk. The rocking chairs outside are really nice and a great place to rest. I can't speak to the buildings that are in the area because they were not open the day I went, but it looks like a really nice area!
  • It's the Most Beautiful Setting for a Festival. The ocean is the backdrop for the bands and there is always a cool breeze!