There will be no lifeguards at the Ft. Macon Swim Beach on Wednesdays or Thursdays for the remainder of the summer. We hope to keep enough staff to have lifeguards on duty Fridays – Tuesdays until Labor Day on September 3rd. All swimming at the ocean beach is at your own risk. Visitors are also reminded that swimming is prohibited in the inlet beach near the fort (any of the water east of the large rock jetty in front of Ft. Macon).
The September reenactment at Fort Macon State park has been rescheduled to the weekend of September 15th & 16th.
Regularly scheduled education and interpretive programs about Fort Macon State Park are held from April 15 to October 30. Check the Events calendar for more information.
To arrange a special exploration of Fort Macon State Park for your group or class, contact the park office.
Educational materials about Fort Macon State Park have been developed for grades 6-8 and are correlated to North Carolina's competency-based curriculum in science, social studies, mathematics and English/language arts. The Fort Macon program introduces students to the geologic process of barrier island movement and to the plants and animals that thrive in this shifting environment. Accompanying the program is a teacher's booklet and workshop, free of charge to educators.
Coastal Education Center
The Coastal Education Center has a large exhibit hall featuring numerous exhibits about the natural history of the park, barrier island ecology, coastal North Carolina, and the interaction of natural and cultural history associated with Fort Macon. Join a regularly scheduled interpretive program or contact the park office to arrange an exploration for your group or class.
Exhibits and Fort Tour
Explore the history of Fort Macon State Park in the for museum room located in the fort casemates. Exhibits and displays acquaint you with the fort's history, and restored quarters offer a look into the lives of officers and soldiers.
Admire the fort's powder magazines, counterfire rooms with cannon emplacements and wide moat that could be flooded to protect the fort during a siege. The fort features several original and replica cannons, a restored Hot Shot Furnace and Restored Bake Oven.
Join a guided tour of the fort or conduct your own following the guide available at the bookstore. The fort is open daily from 9am to 5:30pm and closed Christmas Day. Historic reenactments are often held on the fort's inner court or parade ground.
Fort Macon State Park
Fort Macon: 9am - 5:30pm daily.
Coastal Education and Visitor Center: 9am - 5pm daily.
Bookstore: 9am - 5pm Phone 252-247-3100
November - February:
8am - 5:30pm
March & October 8am - 7pm
April, May and September: 8am - 8pm
June - August: 8am - 9pm
10am - 5:45pm Memorial Day until Labor Day, if staffing permits
Fort Parking Area:
October - March: 8am - 6pm
April, May and September: 8am - 7pm
June - August: 8am - 8pm
Closed Christmas Day
8am - 1pm, 2pm - 5pm Monday - Friday
Closed state holidays