- The list below includes 35 free or cheap things to do in or near Morganton, North Carolina, including 66 different types of inexpensive activities like Breweries, Ziplines, Bowling and Children's Play Area.
- From Catawba Meadows Park to Freedom Park, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Morganton and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Hickory, Linville and Lenoir.
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.
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.
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.
The historic home of William Lenoir, Fort Defiance, Lenoir, NC was constructed in the late 18th century on the site of the original fort and stockade. It is maintained as a museum now, and hosts many special events.
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.