Roanoke Island Festival Park
Experience an unforgettable adventure on the Outer Banks at Roanoke Island Festival Park – where history comes alive.
Roanoke Island Festival Park is a 25-acre historic site located on Roanoke Island in North Carolina's Outer Banks. This park includes a recreated 16th-century sailing ship, living history demonstrators, a museum, and a variety of performances and visual arts regularly.
The site aims to allow guests to experience firsthand what life was like for the first English settlers in 1585, with historically costumed interpreters featured all around the site. Head to the Settlement Site to learn how the first settlers lived, worked, and played, then head to the Elizabeth II Ship to explore, this ship a recreation of one of the 7 original ships to arrive at Roanoke Island.
There is an Adventure Museum onsite, as well as the American Indian Town, for additional learning opportunities. School groups will highly enjoy the dynamic educational programs offered at the park, which do 'more than bring history to life, [they] invite students to explore specific abstract ideas they learn in school in a very concrete way'.
Roanoke Island Festival Park also offers regular concerts and events within their indoor theater and outdoor waterfront pavilion, as well as opportunities to simply stroll the pier or nature trails and enjoy the scenery.