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4 Ways to See More Green in Elizabeth City

Posted on 03/14/2018 by Visit Elizabeth City

Sweetly, softly, springtime blossoms announce your winter blues are coming to an end. Blooming dogwoods, pink tulip trees flowers, and cheerful daffodils all signal our mild springtime weather has returned and our budding trees are turning green again. Other ways to see more green is to plan a spring coastal getaway when rates and crowds are low and you can use the time off that you've earned. Did you know employees, on average, lose $604 each year by not using all their paid time off? Here are four easy ways for you to have a greener spring. 1. Free Things To Do With the rising cost of everything from your favorite latte drink to health insurance, we know you are searching for ways to do more with less resources. Whether you’re planning a getaway or a staycation, always start with free activities such as visiting museums, state parks and public beaches. Here's a list of free things (and almost free things) you can do if you plan a trip to our coastal area. kids riding rental bikes at elizabeth city waterfront Meander Around on a Bike or Wiggle Your Toes in the Sand At the Elizabeth City Visitors Center, located within Museum of the Albemarle, complimentary bikes are available to get around the downtown area for shopping or self-guided tours of historic neighborhoods or the Aviation Trail and Civil War Trail. And don’t forget to check out Port Discover’s surrey bicycle. After tooling around town, head over to our next-door neighbor, the Outer Banks, and build some castles in the sand or maybe fly a kite at the public beaches.   the maritime era exhibit museum of the albemarle Visit the Museum of the Albemarle and Camden County Heritage Museum & Historic Jail Housed within Museum of the Albemarle are the local stories and artifacts that immerse our visitors in more than 300 years of northeastern North Carolina heritage. Museum visitors are treated to a deeper exploration of topics such as moonshining, U-Boats, or what really happened to Nell Cropsey during the first Wednesday of every month at MoA’s History for Lunch events from 12:15 pm - 1:00 pm.  On Fridays and Saturdays, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, tour the Camden County Heritage Museum & Historic Jail.   men at sanctuary vineyards with muscadine grapes Wine Tastings and Vineyard Tours Crafting a great glass of wine takes patience, practice and a little luck. Take some time to speak to the owners and winemakers at Sanctuary Vineyards on either a tour or in the tasting room. Each season and wine have their own personality from sweet and sassy to bold and adventurous. In the springtime, you’ll have more time to linger over a glass during the vineyard’s free daily tastings from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm.  Or on Wednesdays at 1:00 pm, take a free tour of the vineyard facilities nestled within hundreds of acres of farmland and wildlife impoundments—which is why it is called “The Sanctuary.” You’ll learn more about the Syrah, Tempranillo, Viognier, Norton and the classic muscadine grapes grown here.   playing live music at ghost harbor brewery Live Music Music is the universal language so delight your ears at these local downtown spots. In the Pailin’s Alley dining district, Hoppin’ Johnz New South Cuisine’s Saturday Night Live Series features a live band beginning at 8:00 pm. On every third Thursday of the month, the smooth sounds of a live Jazz band can be heard for free from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm at Arts of the Albemarle. After the free First Friday ArtWalk, check out the $5 City Sounds concert series from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm at Arts of the Albemarle. Other spots that often feature live crews with their brews are Ghost Harbor Brewing Company and Coasters Downtown Draught House.   kids doing sea turtle experiment at port discover Find Your Curiosity at Port Discover If you are traveling with little tikes, Port Discover should be a stop on your list. Located on Main Street, this free hands-on science center allows your child to experience the wonder of flying in a flight simulator. Visitors of all ages can stop by and say hello to the resident turtles Tucker, Trudy and Tank; Greg, the leopard gecko; and Lilly, the snake.   2. More Green Space crowd gathering at disney Nope, this is not a picture of Elizabeth City (not even during NC Potato Festival or ECSU Homecoming). While we recommend you visit the Magic Kingdom at least once in your lifetime, sometimes major tourist destinations can feel a bit…like work. boat dock at sunset on pasquotank river In northeastern North Carolina, there is plenty of space to spread out and slow down to catch one of our spectacular sunrises and sunsets over sparkling water. The world moves a little slower here, giving you more time to reflect, reconnect and rejuvenate.   3. Spring Weather Comes Early to the Coast cherry blossoms in front of historic home While the first day of spring is just around the corner, our springtime flowers have already begun to bloom. What does nice weather mean here on the coast? In March and April, you can tee up at our golf courses anytime you want, you can be out on our waterways on a fishing charter, or you can participate in the monthly Big Bass Challenge. Not to mention, you can bask in the sunshine in our parks or on outdoor seating at our restaurants—even with your pup.   4. More than 20,000 Acres of State Parks kayaking the dismal swamp state park Surrounded by four state parks, our favorite weekend activities include hiking, biking and paddling. Spring and fall are two of the best seasons to visit our state parks as they are full of color and the temps are just right. Best of all, they don’t charge an admission fee and they offer wildlife programs and paddling events throughout the year. Come experience our naturally wonderful parks, Dismal Swamp State Park, Merchants Millpond State Park, Jockey's Ridge State Park and Pettigrew State Park!

Use your $604 worth of unclaimed vacation time and plan your trip today! If you are in Elizabeth City, please share your adventures by posting to our Facebook page and by using #DiscoverECity on Instagram and Twitter. See you soon!

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