Site Attractions

In 1584, 23 years before the Jamestown settlement, the dream of an English-speaking nation began on the shores of Roanoke Island. Learn this important part of our nation’s history--and the fascinating role Roanoke Island has played in other periods of time--during your visit to Festival Park. Here, learning is fun! In our many venues, hear a sailor’s tales of a strange New World, site a star with an astrolabe, enter an Algonquian longhouse, climb aboard a spritsail skiff and hoist her sails, learn about lighthouses and lifesaving, experience duck hunting and so much more!