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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  • I visited Fort Macon while on vacation at Atlantic Beach. The facility is well maintained and the visitor center is interesting and welcoming. The fort is non-commercialized and you can feel the...  more »
  • Beautiful experience with the exception of mask mandate not being enforced. Signs on door said masks required, but greeter at desk did not wear and many visitors did not. The Fort itself was...  more »
  • A fabulous historic site to visit. The tour and walking around the fort was fun, informational, and inspiring. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The history is very interesting. On the other side of the parking lot is a terrific clean beach with sand wheelchairs available for the handicapped to be able to go to the beach and see the ocean.
  • This is a preserved fort used in several wars. The entrance has plenty of parking, a gift shop, bathrooms, etc. Yes it's free to enter and explore. The inside of the fort has several rooms with artifacts, historical details, and what each room was used for. One had air conditioning but I can't remember what room that was. The top grounds of the fort has several cannon turret things, great views, and the grounds are well maintained. I think the views of the ocean are understated in all of this. If you are into NC maritime history or just want to walk around in awe of the vastness and preservation of the fort, give it a go. Good job NC.
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