Elizabeth City has long been known as one of the Best Small Towns in America, and the Harbor of Hospitality. With an active and growing arts and performance community, your schedule can fill with plenty to do in Elizabeth City. The downtown waterfront is home to many great restaurants offering delicious food, signature drinks and live music.

Below are some of our favorite things to do besides gazing at the stars in The Khan Planetarium at Elizabeth City State University, or watching the thrilling Friday Races at Dixieland Speedway under the lights, or getting out on the water for the day.

Ghost Harbor Brewing Company. Enjoy a great craft beer experience with family, friends, and the community at Elizabeth City’s first brewery. Test your knowledge on trivia night and enjoy music bingo night with some refreshing microbrews!

Montero’s Restaurant and Bar. A community staple, the mission of Montero’s is hospitality. From fine diners to family gatherings, you’ll enjoy fine cuisine and a great experience.

Cypress Creek Grill. From seafood to handhelds and everything in-between Cypress Creek Grill offers quality local ingredients in a casual comfortable environment.

Seven Sounds Brewing Company. An independent historic waterfront craft brewery featuring live music, patio events and more.

Muddy Waters Coffeehouse. A long-standing fixture in Elizabeth City, the coffeehouse is a great meeting place offering quality coffee, specialty drinks and beer or wine.

Downtown Waterfront Market. Browse the local vendors, fun activities, community groups, and more attending every week. Shop for handmade art-and-crafts and locally grown vegetables, fruits, and flowers. You’ll meet local farmers, bakers, crafters, artists, and more.

The Arts of Albemarle. This world class facility invites the community and visitors to experience the arts, music and culture of the region through diverse performances, exhibits and educational programs.

With something for everyone in the family to do, it’s no wonder Elizabeth City is known as the Harbor of Hospitality. The charming waterfront and bustling downtown is a dynamic place where the arts thrive, and the community enjoys being active and engaged.

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