- The list below includes 56 free or cheap things to do in or near Emerald Isle, North Carolina, including 43 different types of inexpensive activities like Mini Golf, Movie Theaters, Cocktail Lounge and Parks.
- From Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier to Emerald Isle Woods Park, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Emerald Isle and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Beaufort, Atlantic Beach, Morehead City and Swansboro.
The Bogue Inlet Fishing Pier offers pier based fishing for all ages and relaxing views for visitors. A rental package for those without fishing equipment and free parking is available; no salt-water license needed. Daily, 3-day, and season passes are available.
Surrounded by beautiful oceanfront and dunes, Emerald Isle Woods Park offers 41 acres for enjoying outdoor activities. Visitors can walk, hike, bird-watch, grill, picnic, or do recreational water sports off the pier and floating dock.
Featuring a friendly staff and an ice cream shop, Emerald Forest Golf is a mini golf course for individuals of all ages. In addition to being well maintained, it features challenges that even experienced mini golfers will enjoy.
Featuring several models of Outer Banks lighthouses on the course, Lighthouse Golf Of Emerald Isle is an entertaining 18-hole mini-golf course. The course also features a snack bar and an amusement area equipped with bumper cars and bumper boats.
Located on the southern Outer Banks, the newly renovated Emerald Plantation Cinemas screens first-run films in a setting with a home-town atmosphere. The theater boasts Dolby 5.1 sound, digital screenings and upgraded seating for comfort.
Visitors looking for a bottom fishing or trolling experience on the scenic Crystal Coast can sign up for half or full day excursions through Reel Life Adventures. Bait and tackle, ice, coolers, and trip photos are all provided.
Featuring T-shaped piers with benches and covered pavilions, Riverfront Park, Swansboro, NC offers visitors a view of White Oak River. The boardwalks have plaques that provide geographical information about the region.