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Plan a Multigen Vacay in Elizabeth City, North Carolina

by Kimberly Inlander

Jul 5, 2024

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Destinations / North America

Consider Elizabeth City, North Carolina, for your multigenerational family travel. Located on the Pasquotank River, waterfront Elizabeth City is chockfull of outdoor activities, history and regional cuisine — perfect for every member of your family.


Dismal Swamp

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Get to know the Harbor of Hospitality, as Elizabeth City is known, on a tour along the river with Harbor Town Cruises or during a hike through Dismal Swamp State Park’s 16 miles of trails and 300-foot boardwalk. Native Girl Kayaking, a mobile service, can help families easily hit the water.


Rotating exhibits highlighting the stories of the area will delight kids, parents and grandparents at Museum of the Albemarle. Self-guided walking tours take visitors along Elizabeth City Aviation Trail, Elizabeth City Civil War Trail Markers Tour and more.


Harbor Cruise

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Feed the fam at a number of dining options, including Hoppin’ Johnz New South Cuisine’s hearty dishes — think brisket mac and cheese and buffalo shrimp. At Paradiso Roma, the themed menu changes yearly, while kids can stock up at Harbor Treatz candy store.


Family-friendly accommodations include historic Culpepper Inn, within walking distance of attractions like Port Discover, and Fairfield Inn & Suites or Hampton Inn.


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