The Charles Creek Park, located just a block away from the waterfront at most, is a favorite local destination on a warm summer day. Featuring a wide range of activities that can easily be tailored to all age levels and outdoor interests, this small sliver of Elizabeth City is a fun patch of green space in an otherwise populated neighborhood that is wide open for everyone to explore.

Welcome sign at Charles Creek Park in Elizabeth City, NC

Charles Creek Park is fairly easy to access, even if you don't live in the assortment of small residential neighborhoods nearby. The park is located directly along Riverside Ave., just southeast of Elizabeth City's main downtown region. Bordered by clusters of homes, a small commercial marina, and the main Riverside Avenue Bridge that links this section of Elizabeth City with the heart of the downtown, the park is just a few minutes' drive at most for the majority of Elizabeth City visitors, and is located within easy walking distance of the acclaimed Museum of the Albemarle, which is located just across the bridge.

Charles Creek Park in Elizabeth City, NC

There's ample parking located all along the park's entrance, and the majority of the park's amenities are located just yards away. The small 3 acre park features ample space for outdoor games, volleyball, and picnics, and also features a wide covered picnic shelter with grills, tables, and even electrical outlets for a large-scale outdoor family gathering or event. Large parties who intend on using the picnic area will want to call the Elizabeth City Recreation Department beforehand at 252-335-1424 to reserve there spot, and there is a fee of $50 for the use of the shelter, as well as a separate key deposit of $20, whichis refunded after the event.

Fishing at Charles Creek Park in Elizabeth City, NC

For young visitors, the park also features a small but always enjoyed playground, complete with slides, swings, and a maze of tubes and club houses. Because Charles Creek Park is located so close to the waterfront, boating and fishing are also popular activities, and anglers an easily cast off right from the docks, or launch a skiff for a wide open tour of the waterfront and the Albemarle Sound located just a couple of short miles away.

The park is generally open daily, from sunrise until sunset, with no fees to park, visit and explore, Bug spray may come in handy during the summer months when the mosquitos near the river can be thick, and visitors of all seasons will be happy to discover that despite the season, Charles Creek Park stays relatively uncrowded throughout the year.

A great spot to meet and greet with local families, or just enjoy a little time outdoors stretching legs and letting the kids run wild, Charles Creek park is a conveniently located and altogether fun little park that offers a myriad of activities despite its small size. Easy to get to from virtually any point along Elizabeth City's waterfront, visitors can feel free to spend a sunny afternoon or a full day discovering all the fun ways that this accommodating city park can be easily enjoyed.


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Port Discover

Port Discover

Kids of all ages can instantly become scientists, gardeners, doctors, and pilots, all just by walking through the unimposing downtown doors of Elizabeth City's Port Discover. This cool destination provides hours of fun for local and visiting little ones, with a wide range of exhibits and interactive displays that covers virtually all young ages, complete with monthly and regular programs to make this expedition even more engaging. A delight for kids who won't quite realize that it's also educational, Port Discover is a great destination for new explorers to develop their interests and show their stuff in the heart of Elizabeth City.

Encore Theatre Company

Encore Theatre Company

There's no question that the small southern Elizabeth City is growing in population, prestige, and overall culture, and the Encore Theatre Company is doing a fine and longstanding job of making this transition come to fruition. The company, which recently celebrated its 20 year anniversary, allows professional and amateurs from all across the community shine in a number of noteworthy productions. From thought provoking dramas to lighthearted and family-friendly musicals, the Encore Theatre Company allows everyone in Elizabeth City to enjoy an occasional night out at the theater.