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Elizabeth City offers sights you don't see in most hometowns—or any other hometowns in the country! Discover what the locals know make our home “one of America's Best Small Towns.” After exploring some of the city's one-of-a-kind treasures, you just might decide to make your stay an extended one.

Arts of the Albemarle - The Center
516 East Main Street
PO Box 11
Elizabeth City, NC 27909
Arts of the Albemarle is a regional non-profit arts council located in downtown Elizabeth City, NC at The Center, the renovated historical Lowry-Chesson building. This world class arts facility houses The Jaquelin Jenkins Gallery, home to over 250 artists; The Maguire Theatre, a state of the art performance space; and our School of the Arts. Open Monday – Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Carolina Carriages
PO Box 301
Camden, NC 27921
Contact: Martha Chedister
Elegant horse and carriage service offers historic and waterfront tours in downtown Elizabeth City, NC. Standard 30 minute tour cost. Call for price info. Advance reservations required! *Note: There is a $75.00 minimum for Carolina Carriages to come into Elizabeth City regardless of number of passengers, if no other tours are running. Historic guide’s fee is extra.

From time to time, Carolina Carriages runs its service in the downtown area during special events, in which case short rides are offered for 2-6 people. Call for more information on their: Historic Carriage Tours, Romantic Carriage Rides & Haunted Tours in Downtown Elizabeth City.

Dé Tours in Elizabeth City
400 West Main Street
Elizabeth City, NC 27909
Contact: Bonnie Calliotte
Take a personalized walking tour of Elizabeth City at its best! Journey into the past with a tour of the historic district covering over 350 years of history. The twenty block area of historic downtown features a diverse collection of antique homes, including one of the largest collections of Antebellum buildings and homes in the state. Upon returning from the tour you will view the inside of the oldest Brick home, be treated to a complementary tea and learn about antiques from the Empire to the Eastlake period. The tour is approximately two hours and is year round, by appointment only.
Dixieland Motorsports Complex
1531 Northside Road
Elizabeth City, NC 27909
The complex sponsors stock cars, go-cart, and motorcycle races on different tracks at the site. The oval dirt stock car track is 3/8 mile. Stock car divisions raced are Budweiser All-Stars, Biggs GMC Super Fours, T-Top Sportsman, Little Caesars Super Streets, and Zero’s Subs of Camden Stock Fours. Go-carts race every other Saturday and motorcycles race on Sunday once a month. Open April - October
Downtown Waterfront Market
Mariners Wharf
South Water Street
Elizabeth City, NC 27909
Contact: Denise Richards
A weekly celebration of local foods, crafts and activities. Cooking and arts-and-crafts demonstrations. Music and live performances. Everything's happening Spring through Fall, every Saturday from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm!
Elizabeth City State University
1704 Weeksville Road
Elizabeth City, NC 27909

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ECSU FootballElizabeth City State University (ECSU), located in the historic Albemarle region of northeastern North Carolina, was founded in 1891. As a constituent institution of The University of North Carolina, ECSU offers 37 baccalaureate degree programs in the basic arts and sciences and master’s degree programs in elementary education, school administration, biology, and mathematics. ECSU proudly serves a diverse student body of approximately 2,700 students, preparing them for knowledgeable, responsible participation and leadership in an ever-changing global society. ECSU … Your Place to Succeed!

Floyd L. Robinson Auditorium
Mickey L. Burnim Fine Arts Center

ECSU Planetarium
Jimmy R. Jenkins Science Center

Roebuck Stadium
Herrington Road

R.L. Vaughan Center
Herrington Road

Elizabeth City State University Planetarium
On the corner of Southern Ave & Hoffler Street,
Elizabeth City, NC 27909
Take a guided tour of our solar system and venture out into the unknown depths of our universe. The Planetarium houses a 30 ft dome with a seating capacity of 60, and it's equipped with:
• A SPITZ 512 Star Projector.
• 40+ Allsky, Panorama, and special effect slide projectors.
• DVD, VCR, and Laser Disc players.
• Sony Video and LCD projectors with video and internet hook-up capability.
• Green/red and white light laser systems.
• Three screen video system.
The Planetarium offers a wide array of educational programs for all ages: Star Shows, Videos, Laser Disc, etc. All shows are free, are by reservation only, and require prior notice.
Encore Theater Company
PO Box 2692
Elizabeth City, NC 27906
Encore Theatre Company is an all volunteer membership driven, nonprofit community theater organization whose purpose is to produce "Quality Community Theater" on a consistent basis. For the past several years all their productions have played to sold out houses. Founded in 1992, Encore presents three productions a year, November, February and April in varied formants of comedies, dramas and musicals. Encore is the resident theatre organization at the Museum of the Albemarle's Gaither Family Auditorium.
Family Research Society of Northeastern North Carolina
410 East Main Street, Suite 204
Elizabeth City, NC 27909
The Family Research Society of Northeastern North Carolina, formed in 1992, is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to collect, research, preserve and exchange genealogical and historical information in the counties of Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Pasquotank, and Perquimans.
Hide-N-Wood Gardens
923 Wellfield Road
Elizabeth City, NC 27909
The garden consists of eight raised beds and four elevated beds. Throughout the year, you can see demonstrations of intensified gardening techniques on small fruits and vegetables. In addition, portions of the garden have been designed as a Native Plant Habitat by NC NPS.
Historic Districts Walking Tours
400 South Water Street, Suite 101
Elizabeth City, NC 27909
Enjoy a self guided tour of one of Elizabeth City’s six National Register Historic Districts. The commercial district includes the largest number of brick antebellum commercial buildings in the state. Historic homes, churches, municipal buildings, and Waterfront Park are also included. Free tour brochures available from the Elizabeth City Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. Click here for more info.
Meads Pool
104 Meads Pool Rd
Elizabeth City, NC 27909
252-338-5151 (summers only)
The world's only roller skate shaped pool that has 500,000 gallons of water with depths from 1 ft. to 12 ft. They have three diving boards and will be adding 3 water slides in 2013.
Morgan's Corner Motorcross Park
1026 US Hwy 158 West
Elizabeth City, NC 27909
The park consists of 2 tracks. They are a beginner/peewee track and a 1.4 mile outdoor style track featuring many head high loamy berms, tabletops, doubles, whoops and single jumps. This track is geared for entry level riders to pro caliber racers. The tracks consist of loamy sandy topsoil and are fully irrigated with over 130 sprinkler heads.
Museum of the Albemarle
501 South Water Street
Elizabeth City, NC 27909
Taking advantage of Elizabeth City’s waterfront vista, the new Museum of the Albemarle contains exhibits and facilities enabling visitors to experience the general history of 13 counties in northeastern North Carolina.
A chronological overview of the region is presented in the 7,000-square-foot main gallery with artifacts and graphics illustrating the geography and ecology of the area in addition to perspectives on its cultural development over the past 10,000 years.
Pasquotank-Camden Library
100 East Colonial Ave
Elizabeth City, NC 27909
This library offers books and resources for parents, as well as books, videos, and events for children.
The Pines at Elizabeth City
1525 North Road Street
Elizabeth City, NC 27909
Office & Membership: 252-335-7245
Pro Shop & Instruction: 252-335-0278
The Pines is a par 72 championship layout with five sets of tees. Golfers can play from 5,101 yards to 7,017 yards with "USGA spec." greens using a 50/50 blend of A1/A4 Bent grass which more than qualifies for a true Championship Course. The course features four par 3’s, ten par 4’s and four par 5’s. Full Golf and Out of Town Golf Memberships are available for families and individuals. Social Memberships are also available. Always open to the public. Contact the office for more information.
Port Discover
611 East Main Street
Elizabeth City, NC 27909
Open the door to Port Discover and you’ll find kids engaged in the fun of science. Whether observing the tiniest particles with a powerful microscope of using a flight simulator to experience the thrill of flying, Port Discover: Northeastern North Carolina’s Center for Hands–on Science provides educational and entertaining science for kids of all ages. Open year round. Hours: Tuesday through Friday from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, and Saturday from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Admission: Free (donations accepted)
190 TCOM Drive
Elizabeth City, NC 27909
Contacts: Steve Chalker, Bob Herring, or Charlie Knauss
Lighter-than-air ships have had a major impact on Elizabeth City’s history and economy. It is not uncommon to see, Sanyo, Fuji Film, and other blimps flying high above the city as they make their way to the US Naval Blimp Hangar. Visitors wishing to tour the facility will get the opportunity to learn about the Navy’s lighter-than-air history in Elizabeth City as well as view the company’s plant. Tours are held on Wednesday at 3:00 pm and run 30-45 minutes. All tours need to be arranged ahead of time.
United States Coast Guard Complex
1664 Weeksville Road
Elizabeth City, NC 27909
Air Station Elizabeth City - Public Affairs Officer, LTJG Jenny Fields: 252-335-6000 x6225
United States Coast Guard base in Elizabeth City, opened in 1940, is the largest Coast Guard installation in the country. It is home to the following 6 commands: National Strike Force Coordination Center, Base Support Unit Elizabeth City, Aviation Technical Training Center, Air Station Elizabeth City, Station Elizabeth City and the Aviation Logistics Center. Scenes from the motion picture "The Guardian" were filmed at the air station.


Photo Credit: Museum of the Albemarle, Pedro Beildeck; Coast Guard plane and 2nd Annual Carolina Cup Regatta, Dave Lawson.