- The list below includes 132 free or cheap things to do in or near Cornelius, North Carolina, including 70 different types of inexpensive activities like Parks, Comedy Clubs, Dog Park and Mini Golf.
- From Visit Lake Norman to Jetton Park, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Cornelius and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Concord, Charlotte, Huntersville and Mooresville.
Waterworks Visual Art is a gallery that specializes in various mediums. The gallery features watercolor and photographic works, as well an outdoor patio area where metal and cement sculptures are displayed.
Martha Rivers Park is a castled themed, enclosed playground. They offer sandpits, baseball and soccer fields along with a paved walking trail that goes around the facility. The park also provides picnic shelters, shady benches and a concession stand.
Seven Oaks Preserve Trail is a 2.8 mile natural surface trail for runners, hikers and bikers. There are benches along the path where visitors can pause to enjoy the scenery including the many swamp chestnut oak trees.
Housed in one of North Carolina's renovated 19th century warehouses is the Rail Walk Gallery. The gallery is home to a selection of art studios and galleries available to tour that showcases a diverse sampling of the local art.
League players and casual bowlers can roll for strikes at George Pappas Liberty Lanes. Guests can enjoy open bowl, league play, special nights and events, refreshments at the Spare Time Snackbar, and rent the lanes for private parties.
Built in 1961 with a 4/10 oval mile, the Carolina Speedway hosts a number of races, including SECA late model, UMP Modifieds, Street Stock, Pure Stock 4, Renegade, and Hornet FWD. Camping, concessions, handicap access and open-house events are available.
A public gym and athletics facility, the Crews Recreation Center features basketball courts, tennis and racquetball areas, and other sports facilities. The Center hosts a variety of programs, including senior women's basketball.
The Matthews Heritage Museum is located in the 1880 Massey-Clark House. As one of the oldest buildings in the area, it features galleries that take visitors back in time, and adults and children can enjoy interactive and educational activities.
Home to a collection of original, impressionistic art pieces, the B. Brown Gallery displays works from some of Matthews best local artists. The owner, who is the primary artist, can also turn visitors photos into paintings.