- The list below includes 143 free or cheap things to do in or near Cary, North Carolina, including 61 different types of inexpensive activities like Parks, Bowling, Movie Theaters and Music Venue.
- From Fred G. Bond Metro Park to Marla Dorrel Park, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Cary and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Raleigh, Durham, Wake Forest and Chapel Hill.
AMF South Hills Lanes is a bowling alley and indoor amusement complex. It offers open bowling, league and tournament play, and a variety of arcade and table games. A snack bar offers nachos, pizza, and other refreshments.
Encompassing 160 acres, Apex Community Park hosts a variety of outdoor interests. Grounds accommodate several athletic courts and sports fields, nature trails, playground, dock and 50 acre lake for water activities including fishing.
The J.S. Dorton Arena features a popular flea market that is open during the weekends at this fairground venue. The large size means that many vendors can be present and protected from the outside weather with the building's climate control features.
A nationally acclaimed garden, the J.C Raulston Arboretum is located at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. The garden has been notably listed in the top ten of the '50 most stunning University gardens and arboretums' in the U.S.
An indoor sports facility, Dream Sports Center offers leagues in basketball, volleyball, soccer, lacrosse and hockey. The facility also features training, summer camps and accommodations for birthday parties and kids' programs.
The Red Canvas is the studio, gallery, and classroom of artist Catherine Martin. Catherine is a self-proclaimed expressionist and she uses broad brush strokes and a variety of colors that personalize each work she completes.
Featuring Dolby Digital audio in all five auditoriums, Mission Valley Cinemas is a local movie theater specializing in showing the latest major Hollywood films. The theater is popular among students from the nearby NC State University campus.