- 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.
Paddle NC offers guided kayak and paddle boat tours of North Carolina Coast's unique ecosystem. Patrons can learn about the salt march eco system and see wild life such as dolphins, ospreys, and the occasional bald eagle.
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.
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 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.
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.
Guests aboard the Belle of Topsail sight-see in style as they cruise around the North Carolina coast. Captain David Luther is also an ordained minister and often performs weddings aboard the boat, a charming vintage-inspired vessel that holds up to 49 adults.