Elizabeth City North Carolina Tourism - Intercoastal Waterways, Marinas, Historic Sites, Museums, Art Galleries, Antique Shops, Planetarium, Parks, Great Dismal Swamp

Elizabeth city is located off US 17 and US 158. It is a Port City located on the Pasquotank River. The Intercostals waterway is nearby. Here you will find 5 historic districts, art galleries, a Marina and museums. Take a self guided tour of city.


Elizabeth City Commercial District is on main street. Here you will find brick antebellum commercial buildings, restaurants, antique shops, art galleries

Christ Episcopal Church (1856) and Cemetery (1724)  is located at 200 South McMorrine Street. It is on the national register of Historic Places.

Museum of the Albemarle is located at 1116 US 17 South. the museum is a branch of the NC museum of History. Here you will find exhibits on the history of Albemarle region, native American artifacts, folklore and culture.

Elizabeth City State University Planetarium is located at 1704 Weeksville Rd. Here you will Read space exploration and astronomy. You will need to make reservations

Pasquotank Arts Council Gallery is located at 609 East Main St. The Gallery exhibits artwork of local artists. artwork is for sale

4 Waterfront parks on Passquotank River are located at:

  1. Charles Creek Park
  2. Moth boat park
  3. waterfront park
  4. dog corner park

You can go fishing and boating. There are picnic tables in the parks


Elizabeth City Harbor Nights is an arts festival with music on waterfront  and is held on the first Fridays in July, August and June

Annual Moth Boat Regatta is held 3rd weekend of September

Places to see nearby

Great Dismal Swamp is North of Elizabeth City and is located in both in NC and VA. Here you will find a live peat bog. There is a welcome center on US 17 with information, film, slides. There also are hiking and biking trails. You can go fishing and boating. The swamp is a wildlife refuge and wetland. The 22 mile dismal swamp canal was built in 1787. The Jericho canal was built in 1810

Halifax is west of Elizabeth City and off NC 125 and US 301. This is the site where the first Continental Congress signed the Halifax Resolves which declared independence from Britain. There is a visitor center. Tours of historic buildings are available.

Hertford is south of Elizabeth City. The small town was declared a state heretage tourism community. Tour the Newbold-White House built in 1730 built by Pennsylvania Quakers who settled in the town. It is located off US 17 Bypass. The home is significant because it is the oldest brick home in the state.

Jackson is west of Elizabeth City. There are historic sites with antebellum homes. A museum has exhibits featuring the history of both African Americans and Native Americans of the area.

Murfreeboro is located off US 58 west of Elizabeth City. There is a historic district with a guided tour. Visit the Brady C. Jefcoat museum of Americana located in town. See an exhibit of old irons, washing machines and other items.

Merchants Millpond State Park is NW of Elizabeth City on US 158. You can camp at the state park. Canoe rentals are available.