- 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.
The light first shone from Bald Head lighthouse on December 23, 1794, making it the first lighthouse in North Carolina. It was used until 1935 when the lighthouse at Cape Fear was completed, and now visitors can climb the 112 stairs to the top.
Cape Fear Paddleboarding offers private or group stand up paddleboard lessons. The company offers all levels of classes from beginners to expert, along with fitness classes for those looking for a more strenuous experience.
Organizing saltwater fishing trips, Reel Adventure Charters takes visitors around the region's beaches and islands, including Wrightsville Beach and Bald Head Island. Visitors can catch king mackerel, mahi mahi, trout, and more during the trip.
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303 W. Salisbury Street, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480 MoreLess Info
A free and fascinating attraction, the Wrightsville Beach Museum of History is located in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. Its evolving exhibits include photographs, motor vehicles and an extensive series of displays about the impact of hurricanes on the area.
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23 E Salisbury Street, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480 MoreLess Info
Johnnie Mercer's Pier is a 1200 foot concrete fishing pier. There is a beach shop, shower and restroom facilities, and a small bar and grill nearby. The pier is suitable for fishing and walking (although there is a small fee.)
116 Orange Street, Wilmington, NC 28401 MoreLess Info
Featuring many exhibits for children to play on, Children's Museum of Wilmington offers a variety of activities to keep them entertained. They have a spaceship, playhouse, audio room, and wooden boat. They also have a petting zoo.
The home of physician, planter and business leader John Dillard Bellamy and his wife Eliza McIlhenny Harris, along with their nine children, the Bellamy Mansion, is open for touring or weddings. In addition, visitors can see a formal garden, slave quarters and a carriage house.
Cape Fear Museum is the oldest history museum in North Carolina, and contains more than 52,000 artifacts, although visitors see just a small fraction of those. The museum contains exhibits on Michael Jordan, North Carolina natural history, transportation and history of the region, and the city's racial history.