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Fort Raleigh National Historic Site

Off US 64/264, 1500 Fort Raleigh Road, Manteo, Roanoke Island, NC 27954
+1 252-473-2111
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Great piece of history

The location of the first English settlement in America. Able to see a reconstruction of the... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Quick history hit

Not a while lot to see, but what is here is just right. If you're taking the kids on vacation... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Historic museum that tells the story of the 16th-century Roanoke Island colonists.
  • Excellent36%
  • Very good43%
  • Average18%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Off US 64/264, 1500 Fort Raleigh Road, Manteo, Roanoke Island, NC 27954
+1 252-473-2111
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The location of the first English settlement in America. Able to see a reconstruction of the earthen fort and walk nature trails through the forests as they would have looked to English settlers. Be sure to use bug spray. Museum is good. Also a place...More

Thank mcburrell730
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not a while lot to see, but what is here is just right. If you're taking the kids on vacation, running out here for an hour will jog their brains without overdoing it. It's the perfect price as well - free!

Thank Joshua A
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are interested in the history of the area it's worth checking out, if not, then don't bother. The info center is nice, has A/C, and a lot of information on the lost colony and Roanoke Island's involvement in the Civil War era. We...More

1  Thank Derrick P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The information center is pretty small, but how much can you actually inform people about something that is a total mystery? The colony is lost, by some means, but it isn't like they can actually tell the story of what happened. It was very informative...More

Thank fireball92771
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The story of the Lost Colony has fascinated me ever since I learned about it in school. However, you may be a little disappointed by what you're actually able to see here. Nothing remains of the original colony. But it is still neat to see...More

Thank Rebekah_M1987
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First of all, this is a National Park. But there was no admission fee. That makes it a bargain IF it's worth visiting. And it was. When we first arrived, we spent some time in the visitors center. This is a good way to learn...More

Thank Big-Deeee
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have always been fascinated by Roanoke colony. The story, the folklore, the mystery. It was pretty awesome to see in person! Nice visitor center, really peaceful walking around, and nice trails with lots of history. This attraction also is free! I would combine this...More

Thank Jason N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

No charge to get in here. Lots of parking available. A few short nature trails. Nice views of the sound. The Visitor Center of course is staffed by knowledgable, friendly people. There's a short film with the history of the area and some artifacts on...More

Thank Steve H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The visitor center is well done and does a good job at explaining the history of the site. I would definitely take the time to watch the video; it was really informative and interesting. They have a little scavenger hunt that little ones can do,...More

Thank Rachel W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a very new nice site with so much history embedded in it. The explanatory movie was very educational and informative. The presentation by the ranger on the history behind the site and the lost colony was very engaging. He involved everyone in the...More

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Are there plays of the Lost Colony in September.?
26 June 2017|
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Response from Big-Deeee | Reviewed this property |
The last play of the season is August 19 the way I read it.
Katie M
What is the approximate time needed to visit the Fort (not including the Gardens or Play)? Thanks.
21 January 2017|
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Response from GeordieVIP | Reviewed this property |
I would say 2 hours At least an hour in visitor centre There was a trail too that I didn't have time to walk on that looked interesting