- The list below includes 132 free or cheap things to do in or near Cornelius, North Carolina, including 70 different types of inexpensive activities like Parks, Comedy Clubs, Dog Park and Mini Golf.
- From Visit Lake Norman to Jetton Park, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Cornelius and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Concord, Charlotte, Huntersville and Mooresville.
A multipurpose entertainment and recreation facility, the Matthews Community Center was originally constructed as a public school in the early 1900s. The center now hosts a wide variety of events, and houses the Fullwood Theatre.
With 56 lanes for open bowling and 20 reserved for teams, AMF Carolina Lanes is one of the largest recreational venues in Matthews. Additional amenities include racing simulators, billiards, shuffleboard, arcade games and concessions lounge.
Woodlands and water features create a bucolic atmosphere at Squirrel Lake Park. Its 29 acres encompass two shelters, grill areas, playground and swings, horseshoe pit, walking trails, fishing pond, and a 12-hole disc golf course.
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1631 Pleasant Plains Road, Matthews, NC 28105 MoreLess Info
The first of its kind in the town of Matthews, the Four Mile Creek Greenway , Matthews is a boardwalk that connects various local neighborhoods. Visitors can use it for scenic walks in a natural surrounding.
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15222 York Road, Charlotte, NC 28278 MoreLess Info
McDowell Nature Center & Preserve is over 1,107 acres and features 7 miles of walking trails and a 56-site campground. They have playgrounds, picnic areas and opportunities to see over 100 species of birds and other wildlife.
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.
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.