Fort Macon State Park provides numerous recreational opportunities for visitors who want to relax, learn, or add a little adventure to their day. The beach offers swimming opportunities during the warmer months, and fishing is an option through the year if you have the proper license. The park has 1.5 miles of beautiful shoreline, ideal for taking a waterside stroll or enjoying a beach picnic. There are also outdoor grills available as well as tables and shelters, providing you with options for having a full meal or a quick snack during your visit.
During the summer, you can also enjoy a seaside bathhouse and a quaint refreshment stand. You can rinse off at one of the outdoor shower stations, allowing you to wash away the sand, and then enjoy a quick beverage or bite during your stay.
The nearby Coastal Education Center also provides learning opportunities. It is filled with exhibits that discuss details about the local flora and fauna as well as the park’s and fort’s history. Guided tours are even available, or you can pick up an easy-to-follow guidebook at the bookstore, allowing you to control the pace of your experience. Educational events are also common between April 15th and October 30th. All of the material is designed for children between grades 6 and 8, making it a family-friendly activity full of fun and learning.
If you bring your dog to Fort Macon State Park, you are required to keep them on a six-foot (or shorter) leash at all times. This ensures they remain under your care and control for the duration of your visit. Protected nesting seabirds do call the area home, and any harm or harassment that comes to them, including by your pooch, could lead to a serious fine.
Additionally, be ready to remove any pet waste created by your pooch. That way, you can do your part to keep the beach, trails, and the surrounding area clean, ensuring everyone can enjoy the area fully.