We had a pretty good day at Roanoke Park on Wednesday. We saw a remake of the Elizabeth II, the Roanoke Museum, the Settlement site and the Museum Store.
Walking the ship was ok. The Elizabeth II was smaller than I thought. The Museum was pretty nice, but didn't see any artifacts. It was very interactive. You could dress up in old looking clothes and play on boats and things. Nothing really jumped out at me. The settlement site wasn't that interesting to me. There were no markers telling me about the site. Just actors talking funny and trying to get me to do the hands-on activities. It showed things about soldiers. I really like the Virginia Dare part of Roanoke History and there wasn't anything there about that.
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I have to agree with Jessica on this one. During our 3 day trip we ran into a few hit & misses. It was not what we were thinking it would be or what we are used to on the sites we have visited. I'm sure they encounter a ton of people each season, so they try to make their Park fun and self-guided, but the lack of staff was discouraging.
We didn't have time to watch the film they provide about the settlement, so that may have filled our knowledge void, however, for those who do miss the film like us, had nothing to go on as we walked the park. There were no "information stands" to let us know about what we were looking at. Jessica said at one point the phrase "tourist trap".
I'm sure that this is a great place to visit with a group of young kids that like to roll-play and dress up, but it wasn't for us. If you have a question about something, the staff will answer it and that's about it. Not very forthcoming on the info.
The most fun Jessica had for this visit was the fossil dig. They have a spot set aside where they truck in loads of sandy dirt to sift through to find shell fossils and shark teeth. She did find some neat things. It's a good place to park the kids while the adults go shopping in the gift shop next door. Was it planned that way?
Please don't let our experience discourage you from going if you are interested in visiting. It just wasn't for, that's all.