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
Five-sided Fort macon is constructed of brick and stone. Twenty-six vaulter rooms (or casemates) are enclosed by outer walls that are 4.5 feet thick. Other features of the fort include powder magazines, counterfire rooms with cannon emplacements, and a wide moat, which served to protect the fort when flooded with waters from Bogue Sound. An inner court or parade ground is often the scene of historic reenactments.
Join a guided tour of the fort or conduct your own, following the printed guide available at the visitor center information desk. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. throughout the year (except Christmas Day), the restored quarters offer a look into the lives of officers and soldiers.
Exhibits in the museum acquaint you with a vital period in the history of the state and the nation. Five galleries display artifacts from a period of the fort's history. There is also a "Parade of Uniforms" and a reconstructed, handmade brick bake oven and hot-shot furnace (used to heat artillery shells). The museum has restored soldier barracks, kitchen and commissary exhibits. Also featured on display is a scale model of the fort, along with lighted maps, weaponry, enlarged photography, a small video theater, mural of sea battles, cannons in action, and military lifestyles.
The museum is open daily with the exception of Christmas Day.
2303 East Fort Macon Road
Atlantic Beach, NC 28512
GPS: 34.697952, -76.678340
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
Fort Parking Area:
October - March: 8am - 6pm
April, May and September: 8am - 7pm
June - August: 8am - 8pm
Closed Christmas Day
10am - 5:45pm Memorial Day until Labor Day, if staffing permits
8am - 1pm, 2pm - 5pm Monday - Friday
Closed state holidays