- The list below includes 36 free or cheap things to do in or near Jacksonville, North Carolina, including 50 different types of inexpensive activities like Family Fun Center, Movie Theaters, Bowling and Children's Play Area.
- From Richard Ray All American Park to Spirited Art, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Jacksonville and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Swansboro, Emerald Isle, Surf City and Sneads Ferry.
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.
The 230 block Historic District of Wilmington, North Carolina is one of the largest on the National Registry of Historic Places. Visitors can tour the USS North Carolina, visit Screen Gems Studios, shop in the restored buildings of the Cotton Exchange, and eat at numerous restaurants.
Dedicated to preserving and celebrating the history of railroads in and around the Wilmington area, the Wilmington Railroad Museum maintains a large collection of railroad-related artifacts and memorabilia dating back to 1840.
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.
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1 Battleship Road, Wilmington, NC 28401 MoreLess Info
Visitors to the USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial have many tour options available, and can spend hours climbing throughout the battleship and experiencing the various bunkers, engines, turrets and guns. The ship also has a gift shop.
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900 Loggerhead Road, Kure Beach, NC MoreLess Info
At Fort Fisher Recreation Area visitors can touch a bamboo shark, talk to a SCUBA driver, and climb on play equipment. Visitors can also see animals being fed, including freshwater carp, striped bass and sturgeon.
With Mahanaim Adventures - Kayaking Day Adventures, visitors can explore the region's creeks, rivers, basins, and islands by kayak with an experienced guide. Each trip has a different theme, from eco-tours to sunset trips.
The Cameron Art Museum features a variety of exhibitions, ranging from painting to sculpture and ceramics. In addition to an extensive permanent collection, the museum hosts periodic visiting exhibits from around the world.