The park offers a beautiful white sandy shell-dotted beach, a favorite for beachcombers. There is a seaside bathhouse and refreshment stand open during the summer months. Lifeguards are present Memorial Day through Labor Day.
One of the park's main attractions is the actual fort. You may choose to take a guided tour or conduct your own following the printed guide available at the bookstore. A small museum is associated with the fort.
There is one short nature trail through a dense ticket and along a protected sand dune. Viewing coastal plant life and bog habitat is very rewarding.
Picnicking is offered including grills, tables, shelters and restrooms.
Fish are abundant in the inlet and the ocean. Flounder, bluefish, spot, croaker, sheepshead and whiting provide plenty of sport and lots of good eating. Fishing may be enjoyed throughout the year at Fort Macon. Nature programs are available at the park at scheduled times or upon request. Contact the park office for more information.
Cultural History Programs--Several Civil War reenactments take place at the fort throughout the year. Tours and programs of the historic fort are also available at scheduled times. Groups can request special times by contacting the park office.
Environmental Educational Learning Experience (EELE) Booklet--Barrier Beginnings. Grades: 6, 7, and 8. Introduces students to the geologic process of barrier island movement and the plant and animal communities that make this dynamic system their home. Major concepts covered include: coastal processes, coastal geology, weather, succession and stewardship. This publication is available free of charge to North Carolina educators through an EELE workshop. Contact the park office for details.
There is a concession stand where cold drinks and candy can be purchased. The stand is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Park Hours: November-February the bathhouse area is open from
Parking is handicapped accessible, as well as a picnic table, restrooms and a ramp leading from the bathhouse to the ocean. Not all areas of the Fort are accessible. Restrooms at the bathhouse are closed from November 15 to March 15.