Tourism for Elizabeth City, NC
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Flora and Fauna of Elizabeth City Inspire Jewelry Designer Donna Sneed

Welcome to Elizabeth City!

If you live or visit North Carolina, you know the familiar refrain…”mountains or beach?…mountains or beach?” As if those are our only two choices for escape, relaxation and personal sanctuary.

If you go all the way west you are in the Blue Ridge mountains; if you go all the way east, you are on the Outer Banks. Thier scenic beauty rivals any place on the planet. We recommend both.

But what if you don’t go all the way east?  Just short of the Outer Banks is Elizabeth City in the center of the Albemarle region — settled around the pristine and picturesque Albemarle Sound. This area is shockingly rich in outdoor adventure, biodiversity and ecological wonderment.

Cedars rising from the water, egrets taking flight, the Dismal Swamp wetlands area and the ghosts of the underground railroad. There’s striped bass, one of the best sailing breezes on the east coast and a whole town of friendly people who will make you feel like you are right at home in a very different place.

Come and #DiscoverECity for yourself!

Upcoming Events

June 25, 2017
Forgotten Genius: Percy Julian
If you've ever wondered about the chemistry of plants and the science behind some medical miracles, visit Museum of the Albemarle and learn about the genius of Percy Julian. The grandson of Alabama slaves, yet he went on to become one of America’s great scientists.
June 26, 2017
(M-F) ECSU Planetarium Shows
Every Monday - Friday, Khan Planetarium at Elizabeth City State University presents Star shows, Laser light shows, Live Night Sky demonstration, etc.
June 27, 2017
Mariners' Wharf Film Festival- Grand Hotel (1932)
Relive the drive-in movie experience--sans the car--with Elizabeth City’s beautiful waterfront at Mariners’ Wharf as the backdrop.