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Roanoke Island Festival Park

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Address: Downtown Manteo, Roanoke Island, Manteo, Roanoke Island, NC 27954
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+1 252-475-1506
09:00 - 17:00
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History comes alive with a replica of Elizabeth II's era and...

History comes alive with a replica of Elizabeth II's era and costumed-sixteenth-century characters.

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Educational and fun

Very fun and educational trip. People were great, friendly, and very knowledgeable about the history of Roanoke

Reviewed 1 week ago
Nesquehoning, Pennsylvania
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Levittown, Pennsylvania
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64 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was a very interesting and educational venue. They have a great museum, book store, and outdoor exhibit area detailing life in the latter part of the 1600's. The ship is a working replica and very interesting.

Thank David H
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice area with lots of shopping and dining as well as a nice little walk on the pier to the light house.

Thank Jean B
Nesquehoning, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very fun and educational trip. People were great, friendly, and very knowledgeable about the history of Roanoke

Thank Justin9977
Boones Mill, Virginia
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18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a cool place. Start at the visitor's center, see a movie then go out to the QE2 ship - fun little adventure. Then tour the "English settlement". Loved the blacksmith. He was rollicking fun - actually making and giving out hand made nails. Too cool. Then, there is the adventure museum to tour. And once you pay one... More 

Thank jeaniegreen313
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very good depiction of life of the Indians in this area. Interactive exhibit. There is a working blacksmith shop. The person working it was in character,gave us a great history of the English settlement ,and even made us a nail. You can walk on the ship. The crew were very nice and informative.

Thank Carol J
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went with our son who is 10 months. It was nice to hear some history of the area and walk around outside. Everyone was very nice and informative!

Thank shelbyraye90
johnson city tn
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28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Movie of the Indians that lived there and how they helped new arrivals. Some good some awful. How they suffered at the hands of White men. Very well done. Great escape for windy or cold days or from the heat. Elizabeth's Ship was surprising, amazing how that many people could live together on such a small space. All the staff... More 

Thank savagetrips
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went with our 4 year old, he loved pretending to be a pirate about the Elizabeth. The employees/characters were awesome and so patient with him. They explained how the ship worked, taught him to tie sailor knots, and let him hoist the anchor! He LOVED it! There was also a great historic colony area with a blacksmith and a carpenter... More 

Thank Hpickell
Bay Area California
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54 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The Park covers a large area with nice boardwalks for viewing the sound and river. But the most sobering exhibit is a true-sized replica of the Queen Elizabeth ship that brought the first settlers to Roanoke. It was 69 feet long and accommodated 50 people. All passengers were kept below deck through the voyage while crew managed the ship. You... More 

Thank Bolond
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17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is a small park with replicas of the village where the colonists might have lived and a ship that they sailed on. There were two docents on hand to explain blacksmithing, wood-working, village life and customs. Two docents on the ship, both females, were great. The third docent, male, was very rude and the reason I can't give 5... More 

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