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10 Things to Do in Elizabeth City under $10 

Posted on 05/13/2019 by Visit Elizabeth City

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If you’re looking for days of fun without breaking the bank, then head to Elizabeth City, North Carolina!  From great parks and water activities to museums and historical trails, you’re sure to find something you’ll love. Read on for 10 Things to Do in Elizabeth City under $10!


1. Museum of the Albemarle
looking at artifacts in museum of the albemarleA must-see for any Elizabeth City visitor, the Museum of the Albemarle enables visitors to experience the general history of northeastern North Carolina. Experience a chronological view of the region through the installations that tell a multifaceted, sometimes troubling, and inspirational dramas of colonists, indigenous peoples, and enslaved Africans. 

Price: FREE, while some special exhibits and programs have a charge. Donations appreciated.


2. Port Discover 
children learning and having fun buildingIf you’re traveling with kids, Port Discover is the perfect place to have them discover the fun of science. With the Discovery Zone 3-D Printer classroom, the Forces, Fun and Flight Exhibit, and more there are truly endless ways to discover at this center for Hands-on science.

Price: $5 for the first child, $2 per additional child.


3. Splash Pad at Enfield Recreation Area
kids playing on Splash Pad at Enfield ParkEnjoy both spring and summer sunshine at the Splash Pad located at the Enfield Recreation Area. Grab a table, bring a picnic and enjoy a day watching the children having fun. Your older kids will love the tennis courts, basketball courts, baseballs fields, and especially the Skateboard Park! Learn more here.

Price: FREE


4. State and Local Parks 
gazebo at college of the albemarle fenwick Hollowell Wetland TrailsElizabeth City is positively brimming with parks for days of fun. At Charles Creek Park you can try your hand at fishing, outdoor games, hiking trails, and volleyball all while enjoying the waterfront. Hollowell Wetlands Trail offers great opportunities for bird watching with its gazebos and benches. The historically significant Dismal Swamp State Park has 16.7 miles of trails with plenty of canoeing and kayaking opportunities.  Feel free to check out our Wildlife & Birding Trails blog for more options!

Price: FREE


5. Elizabeth City Aviation Trail
Elizabeth City Aviation Trail historic first flightTo visit the areas where the Wright Brothers shopped, stayed and made friends while in Elizabeth City during their time making history by launching the first controlled powered airplane at Kitty Hawk, take the Elizabeth City Aviation Trail. It’s a self-guided walking tour that winds through downtown and along the Pasquotank River. Check out this brochure for more information!

Price: FREE


6. Farm Fresh and Family-Friendly Downtown Waterfront Market
Downtown Waterfront Market farm fresh vegetablesWalk around and enjoy the sights and sounds of local Elizabeth City farmers at the Downtown Waterfront Market at Mariner’s Wharf Park! You can buy fresh fruits and vegetables all while experiencing local flavor and learning about how the food is grown.
You’ll find approximately 20 different vendors each Saturday 9am – 1pm! Learn more here

Price: No admission cost


7. Civil War Markers Tour 
Civil War black and white artAs part of the National Civil War Trails program, the self-guided Civil War Markers Tour weaves together the history of Union occupation in Elizabeth City through real-life accounts of warfare and a tragic tale of a family murdered during their visit to town. You will follow six markers within walking distance of the downtown area that depict the events that took place between 1862 and 1863. Download the tour brochure here!

Price: FREE


8. Fun Junktion Park
girl on swing at Fun Junktion playgroundBuilt on repurposed land, Fun Junktion Park offers plenty outdoor fun. It features an excellent playground complete with giant chimes and mallets, sandboxes, a splash pad, glide swings, zip line, a skateboard park and more. Plus, you can enjoy the two man-made ponds stocked for catch & release fishing while the kids play!

Price: FREE



9. Meads Pool
swimming at elizabeth city meads poolSplash into summer fun in Elizabeth City at Meads Pool, the world’s only roller skate shaped pool filled with over 500,000 gallons of water. The pool features three diving boards and three waterslides to enjoy. It is open for the season starting on June 8 and is open daily, Monday through Friday from 12pm – 7pm and Saturday and Sunday from 12pm – 7pm. 

Price: $7  


10. Historic Architecture Walking Tours
historic Citizen's Bank in downtown elizabeth cityOn the Main Street Residential District Tour, you can take a walking tour to learn about the late 19th-century and early 20th-century homes that make up Elizabeth City’s past. Download the tour brochure to learn plenty about architecture while history comes alive through its many stories. Meanwhile, the Main Street Commercial District Tour will take you down two distinct districts downtown: the manufacturing and shipping area near harbor, and the retail and banking zone near main street. The tour brochure provides details on everything from courthouses to arcades!

Price: FREE 


With all these wonderful, bargain experiences, you’re bound to create lasting memories in Elizabeth City! For more fun opportunities during your visit, check out our website and be sure to share your adventures on social media with #VisitECity

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