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Fort Macon State Park - Atlantic Beach, NC

Exploring Fort Macon

September 7, 2015 Sarah Coggins
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We returned home yesterday from a week long stay at the coast with family. Most of our time was spent enjoying the beach literally just a few steps from our rental house, but we did make time for a couple of adventures including a visit to Fort Macon State Park. We were pretty sure our son would enjoy exploring it and learning a bit of the history.

Fort Macon State Park - Atlantic Beach, NC

Thankfully we arrived shortly after the park opened as the day got hot very quickly. The upper portion was pretty blistering under the sun. We found relief in the shady areas around the Parade Ground inside the fort and in the Casemates (vaulted rooms around the Parade Ground). A few were converted into museum spaces and had air conditioning. Others were completely open but still cool thanks to their design.

Fort Macon State Park: View through one of the Casemates toward the Parade Ground

I took my favorite photo in these rooms – love the texture & coloring of the bricks plus catching a father son moment with my husband & son as they walked through the connecting passageways.

Fort Macon State Park: exploring casemates 19 - 21

In the parking lot before the start of our adventure, I made the quick decision to wear our daughter in our Líllébaby Airflow instead of using our Maclaren Volo stroller.

Fort Macon State Park with kids

It was a smart decision as she fell asleep which would not have happened in the stroller, and part of the fort is only accessible via steps (very, very steep steps!). The view from the top is worth the climb though.

Fort Macon State Park: View toward Beaufort Inlet

Fort Macon State Park: exploring

Have you explored any parks recently?

Linking up with Mommy & Me Monday at Really, Are You Serious?


  • Krystyn @ Really, Are You Serious? September 13, 2015 at 9:27 pm
    Wow! What an awesome looking fort and you aren't kidding about the photo opps in those walls! And, the stroller...there is a time and place for it (we use it in our neighborhood and running) but other than that, I get tired of having to find a place to park it...and yeah, B won't sleep in that thing at all!
    • Sarah Coggins September 14, 2015 at 10:23 am
      Yes, on the stroller. We do use ours on occasion, but I find myself wearing her more & more for the convenience and especially if it's close to nap time like it was this day. She will barely sleep in the car and definitely will not sleep in the stroller. This fort was really cool. I'm glad my husband suggested we check it out. He & I tried to visit years ago before kids and neither of us can remember now why we decided against it. Too hot? Too crowded? Regardless, it was a good adventure for this trip and I'm sure we'll visit again when Elise gets older.

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