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.

Carolina Raptor Center
Walk through nature trails, where you can see and learn about birds of many species.

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

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. 

Carolina Raptor Center

Carolina Raptor Center

Fishing at Latta Nature Preserve

Fishing at Latta Nature Preserve


Rural Hill Highland Cow

Rural Hill


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. 

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

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.

Birkdale Village

Birkdale Village

Davidson College Sculpture

Davidson College

Nightlife                                Cafes

Breweries with Live Music

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

Boatyard Lake Norman
Grab a bite and enjoy live music.

Music Bingo and Trivia
Play trivia, bingo and name that tune every Tuesday at 7pm at Eleven Lakes Brewing.

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


Lotus Soul Cafe
Try organic kombucha, juices, or smoothies. 

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!