Let's take a break from North Carolina first impressions and go adventuring, shall we?
Welcome to Fort Macon State Park. Located on the Bogue Banks, basically an almost endless sliver of sandy beach protecting Eastern NC's coast, the park is historic, beachy, and popular.
We've been to similar beach forts and this one doesn't disappoint. There's lots to explore (with or without a guide), it's on the beach (so take a picnic!), parking and entrance are free, and there is a cool museum shop and welcome center on location.
Take in some history while you're there - the restored fort is the site of the historic battle of Fort Macon in 1862.
A little more research reveals the infamous pirate Blackbeard regularly passed through the inlet off the edge of the park...and even better - Blackbeard's once lost ship, the Queen Anne's Revenge, is sunken near the park (it's currently being recovered on site and at a museum nearby...more on that in a future post)...need I say Arrrrr!?!?!
We were able to see so much in such a short time, we'll definitely be back for more!!!
~Paul, Amber, Anna ETC