- The list below includes 71 free or cheap things to do in or near Oak Island, North Carolina, including 51 different types of inexpensive activities like Fishing, Walking Trails, Mini Golf and Beaches.
- From Oak Island Beaches to Ocean Crest Pier, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Oak Island and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Carolina Beach, Kure Beach, Southport and Calabash.
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204 E. Moore Street, Southport, NC 28461 MoreLess Info
Located at the juncture of the Atlantic Ocean and Cape Fear, the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport preserves the legacy of the interaction between people, sea and river. The museum includes the only working periscope in the North Carolina Maritime Museum network.
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Corner of Nash and Rhett Streets, Southport, NC 28461 MoreLess Info
This old jail built in 1904 to replace the city jail is now The Old Brunswick County Jail Museum. The museum includes the history of the jail, self guided tours of the original jail cells and other exhibits.
On the banks of the Cape Fear River, the Price's Creek Lighthouse sits on private property and is not open to the public. This lighthouse is one of only eight along the Cape Fear River that survived in the Civil War and remain standing today.
The Sail Shop offers kayak trips on Bald Head Island's tidal creeks, surfing instruction, sailing instruction around Bald Head Island, and fishing for red drum and flounder on Cape Creek. The company also offers kayak, and boat tours.
A former home of a British fort during the Revolutionary War, Bald Head Island, North Carolina is now the destination of the oldest standing lighthouse in the state and the Smith Museum. The museum features seafaring exhibits and maritime artifacts.
The light first shone from Bald Head lighthouse on December 23, 1794, making it the first lighthouse in North Carolina. It was used until 1935 when the lighthouse at Cape Fear was completed, and now visitors can climb the 112 stairs to the top.
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1610 Fort Fisher Boulevard, South, Wilmington, NC 28449 MoreLess Info
Designed to keep the Wilmington port open during the Civil War, when Fort Fisher fell on January 15, 1865, it was one of the most decisive victories that proving that the North's victory. Visitors to the Fort Fisher State Historic Site see earthworks, and view a documentary, and shop.
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1610 Fort Fisher Boulevard, South, Kure Beach, NC 28449 MoreLess Info
The Fort Fisher Historic Site was an important location to the Confederacy as it was used to run supplies to the Confederate army. Located at Kure Beach, the fort is the site of two major battles of the Civil War.