If you’re on a budget and looking for something fun to do around town, no worries. We have gathered a list of experiences that are affordable and available for you. Now get on out there and make some memories.


Explore the Outdoors

Blythe Landing
Play volleyball or go fishing at a waterfront park.

Quest Center 
A one-stop-shop for environmental education, outdoor recreation, and raptors. Enjoy the "Nothing Survives Without Water" exhibit hall. Attend a program or grab a trail map.

Davidson Farmers Market
Pick out locally grown produce and organic and sustainable foods as well.

Fishing at Latta Nature Preserve

Fishing at Latta Nature Preserve

LKN mini golfLKN Mini Golf

Main Exhibit at Quest CenterQuest Center

Davidson Nature Preserve
Take a hike among the 60 acres of the Rocky River Bluff Nature Preserve, or hang out and picnic at Fisher Farm Park. 

Jetton Park
Bike, hike, tan at the beach, or play tennis at the beautiful Jetton Park. 

Latta Nature Preserve
Stroll through miles of trails, go fishing on a dock or shoreline, and visit the new Quest facility

Lake Norman Mini Golf
Play a round of mini golf, go rock climbing and enjoy a Sno-ball

Ramsey Creek Park
$5-$15 per car; Parking Fee only during Memorial Day through Labor Day and varies weekday to weekends
Gaze at the lake, swim or stroll among the beach, and enjoy the views from the Patriot Pier. 


Historical Sites

Visit the place where the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence was signed.

Huntersville Town Jail
Check out a jail cell from the nineteenth century. 

Rural Hill
Adults $6, Children 5-12 $4, Children under 4 Free
Learn about the history off the farm, and watch as farm animals roam around.

Rural Hill Highland Cow

Rural Hill


Arts and Culture

Birkdale Village
Shop, dine, and meet up with friends.

Bradford Market
Shop local product, health and wellness products and organic groceries

Davidson College
Explore the public art and sculptures around campus.

Downtown Cornelius
Browse through locally owned gift shops, consignment, & antique shops

Cain Center for the Arts
Check out their gallery art exhibits, classes, workshops, and concerts. 

Foster’s Frame & Art Gallery
Check out beautifully crafted artwork and sculptures.

Main Street Shops
Stroll around and window shop along Main Street in Downtown Davidson.

Oak Street Mill
Browse through the shops offering unique memorabilia.

Check out their premium indoor plants & sign up for a terrarium workshop

Van Every/Smith Galleries
Tour a rotating and permanent collection of artwork.


Cain Center Art Gallery

Cain Center for the Arts

Davidson College Sculpture

Davidson College



Irish Cue
Play pool, watch sports, and grab a drink.

Boatyard Lake Norman
Grab a bite and enjoy live music.

Music Bingo and Trivia
Check out Eleven Lake Brewing's rotation of live local music and play trivia or karaoke. 

Old Town Public House
Enjoy live music while sipping a drink. 


Willow Wood Coffee
Try craft coffee drinks from locally roasted beans, teas, and modern comfort food made in house.

Main Street Coffee & Coworking
Enjoy a coffee, juice or international snack in their coworking space.

Summit Coffee
Have a cup of coffee and pastry at Summit Coffee.

Waterbean Coffee
Order a latte and drink it on their outdoor patio.


You can have fun without breaking the bank! Comment below and let us know what your favorite budget friendly spots are in Lake Norman. And don't forget to tag us on social media @VisitLakeNorman!