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Elizabeth City Insider's Guide & Blog

It’s one thing to see a destination. It’s another to experience it from a local’s perspective. Our locals share with you where to grab a bite, see a show, get creative, dock your boat, shop, take a tour and much more.

Pet-friendly Elizabeth City Area Outings

Posted on 08/25/2023 by Visit Elizabeth City
Man’s best friends are celebrated here in the Harbor of Hospitality®. There’s plenty to explore together so no matter how you and your pup like to enjoy your vacation!... Read On

Happenings in Elizabeth City, North Carolina!

Uniquely E-City Happenings in 2023!

Posted on 01/09/2023 by Visit Elizabeth City
We’ve complied all the best that Elizabeth City, North Carolina has to offer, so you can plan 2023 accordingly! With exciting annual and inaugural events, you’re sure to find something new to discover this year in Elizabeth City!... Read On

kids playing in splash pad at enfield park in elizabeth city nc

Load Up the Kids and Head to Elizabeth City!

Posted on 04/20/2021 by Visit Elizabeth City
Get out of the car and into some fun in Elizabeth City!  Road travel is never as challenging as it is with kids in tow. There are the inevitable soda spills, family feuds and wayward limbs ("Mom! She's touching me!"). Elizabeth City has exactly what ... Read On

family getting ready to launch kayaks in pasquotank river

5 Best Places to Kayak Around Elizabeth City, NC

Posted on 03/22/2021 by Breanna Brower
Elizabeth City the gateway to the Albemarle Region is rich in kayaking opportunities. We've selected five kayaking ventures from the Albemarle Region Paddling Trails you should traverse on your next visit.... Read On

family enjoying picnic at waterfront park, Elizabeth City NC

Five Ways to Welcome Spring in Elizabeth City

Posted on 03/15/2021 by Breanna Brower
Now is the perfect time to get up, get outside, and welcome the warmer weather of spring! Don’t stay cooped up inside all day; Elizabeth City is full of opportunities to explore in the great outdoors. Here are just a few.... Read On

couple enjoying sunset at waterfront in Elizabeth City, NC

5 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues in Elizabeth City

Posted on 01/04/2021 by Visit Elizabeth City
Now that Christmas in Elizabeth City has ended and winter is in full swing, you might be wondering what there is to do until the warmer months return. Keep your spirits up and mid-winter blues at bay with a fun weekend out and about in Elizabeth City... Read On

man wearing hat and holding fish on a kayak

Fishing Fun in Elizabeth City

Posted on 10/12/2020 by Breanna Brower
Here in Elizabeth City and Pasquotank County we’re lucky to be surrounded by serene waterways including the Pasquotank River, winding creeks, ponds and the Albemarle Sound. Whether you have a boat of your own or not, if you’re looking for a place wit... Read On

albemarle bank building in historic downtown elizabeth city

The Albemarle Bank of Elizabeth City

Posted on 08/06/2020 by Dr. Melissa Stuckey
Standing on the corner of South Poindexter and East Fearing Streets and nestled within Elizabeth City’s historic district is the building that housed the Albemarle Bank, the first African-American-owned bank in northeastern North Carolina.... Read On

Keep it Cool When Summer Sizzles in Elizabeth City

Posted on 06/12/2020 by Breanna Brower
When the temperature rises, it's easy to cool down in Elizabeth City with these fun summertime outings.... Read On

North Carolina’s Coastal Bucket List

Posted on 06/03/2020 by Breanna Brower
Whether it’s your first time in Elizabeth City or your fiftieth, there’s always something fun to do or new to explore. We couldn’t possibly fit them all on one list, but here’s a quick bucket list of things to do and see to help you get started plann... Read On

Gear up for 2020 in Elizabeth City, North Carolina!

Gear up for 2020 in Elizabeth City, North Carolina!

Posted on 02/12/2020 by Visit Elizabeth City
2020 is officially here and Elizabeth City is geared up for a great start to the decade! With exciting events, new Downtown developments and great accommodations for all types of visitors, you’re sure to find something new to discover this year in El... Read On

Bling, massages and theater for a memorable time in Elizabeth City in February

Posted on 02/05/2020 by Simone Cooper
Need a fun excursion in February for Valentine’s Day? Elizabeth City offers unique jewelry at Eclectic Jewelry and Coppersmith Antiques & Auction Co., a massage for two at Anew U Massage Therapy.... Read On

Romantic B&Bs and Inns You'll Love in Elizabeth City

Posted on 01/29/2020 by Visit Elizabeth City
Longing for a romantic getaway? Book a weekend getaway in one of Elizabeth City’s beautifully restored B&Bs and small inns.... Read On

Elizabeth City's Family Oriented Activities in January

Check out winter family fun ideas in Elizabeth City

Posted on 01/27/2020 by Simone Cooper
The hectic holidays are over, a new year has arrived, and the temps are chilly, making indoor activities welcome. January is here and there could not be a better time for the whole family to see a great exhibition at Museum of the Albemarle, to book ... Read On

Find Holiday Gifts in Elizabeth City's Friendly Shops

Posted on 11/18/2019 by Visit Elizabeth City
Shopping is fun in Elizabeth City! Ditch the crowds and lines and enjoy our independently owned, local shops featuring one-of-a-kind finds. Our shop keepers are super friendly and will brighten your holidays. Embrace the spirit of the season in Eli... Read On

5 Reasons Fall is the Best Time of the Year to Visit the North Carolina Coast

Posted on 09/10/2019 by Visit Elizabeth City
Fabulous fall foliage, fishing, football, entertainment and food. Learn what locals know, fall is one of the best times of the year to experience the North Carolina coast's natural beauty. Enjoy indoor and outdoor fun in Elizabeth City with beautiful... Read On

10 Things to Do in Elizabeth City under $10 

Posted on 05/13/2019 by Visit Elizabeth City
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 ... Read On

COA Fenwick-Hollowell Wetlands Trail

Wildlife and Birding Trails near Elizabeth City, North Carolina 

Posted on 04/26/2019 by Visit Elizabeth City
Elizabeth City, North Carolina is bursting with outdoor activities to enjoy any season. Check out these wildlife and birding trails unique to the Elizabeth City area to admire some of the surrounding wildlife in their natural habitats.... Read On

The Coca-Cola Mural: “Sign of Good Taste” in Downtown Elizabeth City

Posted on 04/12/2019 by Simone Cooper
Visitors and residents of Elizabeth City don’t have to travel beyond the corner of West Colonial Avenue and North Water Street to see one of these nostalgic murals. On the side of the historic McMullan Building, known locally as the ‘Old City Cut Rat... Read On

Exploring Antiques & Architecture in Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Posted on 03/19/2019 by Visit Elizabeth City
Since its founding in 1794, Elizabeth City has been a city teeming with culture, with history alive through its many remarkable structures. It’s also known as the “Harbor of Hospitality”, and its port has seen many curious items pass through. We enco... Read On

Elizabeth City Welcomes Boaters to the "Harbor of Hospitality"

Posted on 01/14/2019 by Visit Elizabeth City
The “Harbor of Hospitality” is set on the beautiful Elizabeth City waterfront and the Pasquotank River. At Mariners’ Wharf you can choose from 14 boat slips with free 48-hour docking! When you tie up at Mariners’ Wharf, you may find that the local... Read On

The Proctor Smokehouse - Circa 1840’s – Perquimans County

Posted on 12/10/2018 by Barbara Putnam
Museum of the Albemarle’s second floor gallery sits the re-assembled Proctor Smokehouse, which was initially relocated from the Proctor Farm, in the Bear Swamp area of Perquimans County. Discover the history of the house and the reasoning's to why it... Read On

Merchant Mills Pond

Naturally Wonderful Northeastern North Carolina State Parks

Posted on 11/08/2018 by Visit Elizabeth City
Elizabeth City is in the middle of an outdoor playground. Our location offers easy access to four different state parks which makes it the perfect place for nature lovers to launch their vacation.... Read On

Unique Holiday Shopping in Elizabeth City

Posted on 10/30/2018 by Simone Cooper
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Moth Boats Dot Elizabeth City’s Pasquotank River in October

Posted on 10/01/2018 by Simone Cooper
The classic moth sailboat has a storied history. The first boat of its kind was built in Elizabeth City in 1929 when Captain Joel Van Sant visited while ferrying a yacht along the Intracoastal Waterway. Inspired by the calm water of the Pasquotank Ri... Read On

Kayaking an Elizabeth City Favorite, Great Dismal Swamp

Posted on 07/17/2018 by Nelson Disla
Even when it’s busy—when many people out to enjoy the oddity of a mild day in early July—I can’t help but see the Great Dismal Swamp through an ego-fueled tunnel vision. Having visited at least a couple times every week, for several months, I’ve come... Read On

Pontoon Boating Fun in Elizabeth City

Posted on 07/10/2018 by Visit Elizabeth City
Elizabeth City’s excellent climate allows for year-round, water-related activities so whether you’re a resident of our little town or are visiting from a land-locked region, you’ll want to take advantage of all the North Carolina coast has to offer.... Read On

A short drive from Elizabeth City: The Camden County Heritage Museum and Historic Jail

Posted on 06/19/2018 by Simone Cooper
Through the vision of a group of passionate historians and residents who wanted a permanent home for Camden County artifacts, documents, and stories, The Camden County Heritage Museum and Historic Jail (117 N.C. Highway 343, next to the Historic Cour... Read On

Live Music Spots in Elizabeth City

Posted on 06/12/2018 by Nelson Disla
On summery nights, there aren’t many spots I enjoy more than the tables outside Hoppin’ Johnz. Beneath the lights strung across Pailin’s Alley, it’s a great place to relax and enjoy a breeze with your favorite dessert or cocktail. But all that change... Read On

Farm Fresh and Family-Friendly Downtown Waterfront Market

Posted on 06/08/2018 by Visit Elizabeth City
For most of us, there is no better place to buy fruits and vegetables than at a farmers' market. These markets are not just venues for buying items but also provide an opportunity for us to learn how food is raised, allow visitors to experience local... Read On

Newbold-White House: A Southern Historical Exemplar in Hertford

Posted on 04/17/2018 by William Broussard
In the middle of the six-acre complex sits its crown jewel, a colonial Quaker homestead with its brilliantly-preserved bright red brick exterior contrasting starkly with the browns and greens and yellows of the surrounding land.... Read On

Ghost Harbor Brewery—Getting Elizabeth City Together

Posted on 03/23/2018 by William Broussard
One step inside Ghost Harbor and I observed a detailed and considered décor that is comfortable and modern, belying its more humble early to mid-20th century “historic downtown main street” exterior appearance.... Read On

Homage to a Hometown Hero: The Jim “Catfish” Hunter Museum in Hertford

Posted on 03/13/2018 by William Broussard
Hertford's hometown hero, Jim "Catfish" Hunter 15 year career, pitching for the Kansas City/Oakland A’s and the New York Yankees... Read On

Elizabeth City's Museum of the Albemarle

Elizabeth City's Museum of the Albemarle

Posted on 03/06/2018 by William Broussard
Museum of the Albemarle (MoA) is an archetypal museum and one that should inspire not only its nearest neighbors in Elizabeth City, but folks across the Northeastern North Carolina region that shares its namesake (as well as travelers passing through... Read On

Five Must-See Homes on Elizabeth City’s Walking Tour

Posted on 01/29/2018 by Margie Berry
Downtown Elizabeth City’s residential area boasts a plethora of houses of historical and architectural interest. Here is a look at five stand-out homes on the walking tour... Read On

Northeastern North Carolina – Labor Day Weekend Itinerary

Posted on 08/30/2017 by Simone Cooper
Now is the perfect time to plan a Labor Day holiday trip to northeastern North Carolina, a welcoming cluster of small towns with offerings for the foodie, the history buff, the sportsman and the arts and antiques enthusiast.... Read On

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