- 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.
An entertainment center, The Strike Zone features 24 lanes of bowling and a 3,000-square-foot laser tag arena with black lights and music. The center offers cosmic bowling, birthday party hosting, league bowling and arcade games.
Situated five miles outside of the city center, the New Bern Battlefield Park covers 30 acres of the original battlefield. This Civil War battlefield also features an 11.5 ton bronze and granite monument dedicated to the memory of the 26th North Carolina Regiment.
Part of the Carmike cinema chain, Havelock's Cinema 6 is a six-theater movie multiplex that shows primarily newly released Hollywood films. The theater offers a variety of refreshments, and hosts occasional special series and events.
MCAS Cherry Point, NC is a military base that oversees number of military aircraft for deployment. The air station contains over 29,000 acres of land and serves as an emergency landing site for space shuttles from Cape Canaveral.
Managed by the USDA Forest Service, the Island Creek Trail is a lovely half-mile hiking trail. It is fairly flat and suitable for novice hikers, and affords breathtaking views of native and transplanted vegetation. The trail is free to use.