- The list below includes 80 free or cheap things to do in or near Southport, North Carolina, including 47 different types of inexpensive activities like Specialty Museums, Kayaking, Movie Theaters and Art Gallery.
- From Waterfront Park to Price's Creek Lighthouse, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Southport and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Wilmington, Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Wrightsville Beach.
Situated on nine acres, Waterfront Park overlooks the Cape Fear River and features a fishing pier along with an open grassy field. The park provides benches facing the river, paved walkways and sheltered picnic tables.
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.
Located in the historic village of Southport, the Adventure Company - Day Tours features bicycle and walking tours through the streets of Southport and along the Cape Fear River, and kayak tours and rental services for beginner through advanced kayakers.
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W Moore St. and Brunswick St, Southport Town Marina, Southport, NC 28461 MoreLess Info
Lighthouse WaterSports - Private Tours is an excursion company that offers kayak tours, boat tours, and kayak rentals. The most popular tour is the 2-hour eco kayaking adventure that goes through a blackwater creek.
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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.
Accommodating visitors of all skill levels, Barrier Island Excursions hosts stand up paddleboard excursions to the surrounding marshes. Visitors can paddleboard to barrier islands like Oak Island and go bird watching during the trip.
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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.
A guided tour of historic Southport, the Old South Tour Company - Ghost Walk Tour focuses on the spookier aspects of local history and legend. The tours last about an hour, and are narrated by knowledgeable and entertaining guides.
Surf Cinemas is a movie theater that features Real D 3D movie showings, movie showings in IMAX, and a concession stand that serves food and beverages. The theater has special party seating as well as discounts for children.
The Evans Ricky Lighthouse Collection is an art gallery dedicated to displaying the works of local artist Ricky Evans. The gallery also features works from numerous other local artists that range from prints to photographs to jewelry.