- The list below includes 77 free or cheap things to do in or near Carolina Beach, North Carolina, including 46 different types of inexpensive activities like Piers & Boardwalks, Arcades, Mini Golf and Breweries.
- From Carolina Beach State Park to Freeman Park, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Carolina Beach and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Wilmington, Kure Beach, Wrightsville Beach and Oak Island.
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204 E. Moore Street, Southport, NC 28461 MoreLess Info
Located at the juncture of the Atlantic Ocean and Cape Fear, the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport preserves the legacy of the interaction between people, sea and river. The museum includes the only working periscope in the North Carolina Maritime Museum network.
A guided tour of historic Southport, the Old South Tour Company - Ghost Walk Tour focuses on the spookier aspects of local history and legend. The tours last about an hour, and are narrated by knowledgeable and entertaining guides.
Surf Cinemas is a movie theater that features Real D 3D movie showings, movie showings in IMAX, and a concession stand that serves food and beverages. The theater has special party seating as well as discounts for children.
The Evans Ricky Lighthouse Collection is an art gallery dedicated to displaying the works of local artist Ricky Evans. The gallery also features works from numerous other local artists that range from prints to photographs to jewelry.
Situated on nine acres, Waterfront Park overlooks the Cape Fear River and features a fishing pier along with an open grassy field. The park provides benches facing the river, paved walkways and sheltered picnic tables.
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W Moore St. and Brunswick St, Southport Town Marina, Southport, NC 28461 MoreLess Info
Lighthouse WaterSports - Private Tours is an excursion company that offers kayak tours, boat tours, and kayak rentals. The most popular tour is the 2-hour eco kayaking adventure that goes through a blackwater creek.
Accommodating visitors of all skill levels, Barrier Island Excursions hosts stand up paddleboard excursions to the surrounding marshes. Visitors can paddleboard to barrier islands like Oak Island and go bird watching during the trip.
The Sail Shop offers kayak trips on Bald Head Island's tidal creeks, surfing instruction, sailing instruction around Bald Head Island, and fishing for red drum and flounder on Cape Creek. The company also offers kayak, and boat tours.
Located in Wilmington, North Carolina, the New Hanover County Arboretum highlights seven acres of gardens. Classes are featured for individuals who are interested in becoming Master Gardeners. A Master Gardener Clinic is featured for diagnosing plant problems as well.
A former home of a British fort during the Revolutionary War, Bald Head Island, North Carolina is now the destination of the oldest standing lighthouse in the state and the Smith Museum. The museum features seafaring exhibits and maritime artifacts.