- The list below includes 29 free or cheap things to do in or near Hickory, North Carolina, including 73 different types of inexpensive activities like Movie Theaters, Bowling, Art Museum and Arts Centers.
- From Glenn C. Hilton Jr. Memorial Park to Harper House/ Hickory History Center, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Hickory and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Morganton, Lenoir and Charlotte.
Located in a forested area, Glenn C. Hilton Jr. Memorial Park is situated along a creek and provides a canoe launch. The park includes picnic shelters, a paved walking trail, nature boardwalk, disc golf course, memorial garden and playgrounds.
Harper House/ Hickory History Center is a house museum that interprets both Hickory history and Victorian life in the South during the 19th century. Current exhibits include Elegantly Crafted and an exhibit on the Catawba Springs Resort.
Seasonally open, Downtown Hickory Farmers Market has over 50 vendors and three individual markets where visitors can shop, eat and enjoy live entertainment. Products there include produce, food, meat, cheeses, baked goods, honey and local crafts.
Nestled in Hickory, North Carolina, the Hickory Museum of Art is a large art museum with extensive community outreach and programming. The museum offers self-guided tours, guided group tours, yoga sessions and t'ai chi classes.
Head over to Carmike Cinemas to catch the latest feature films. This theater features a BigD auditorium, where movies are shown with bigger screens and bigger sounds. Discounts are available for children, seniors and matinee showings.
Hickory's Carmike 14 is a movie theater multiplex that shows mostly newly released Hollywood films. The theater features stadium seating, 3D for select films, and digital video and sound, and offers discount matinees.
Carolina Theatre has been serving moviegoers since its construction in 1934. It has been restored with modern technology and seating, and aims to provide affordable family outings with $3 tickets and low-priced concessions.