When planning a vacation or weekend getaway, sometimes you need to fill your trip with activities and events that are easy on the pockets. Here are some budget-friendly things to do this summer in North Carolina, from attending free festivals to camping at iconic locations.
Bask in Beach Behavior
Bask in Beach BehaviorNorth Carolina Coast
North Carolina’s 300 miles of barrier-island beaches provide the backdrop for unforgettable summer memories. Get ready for some fun in the sun.
Take in the View from Two Wheels
Take in the View from Two WheelsStatewide
Our state offers a variety of biking options, from flat, easy rides along scenic beaches to rugged climbs up steep mountain trails. Whatever your mood and level of comfort on a bike, we've got a route to match.
Expand Your Mind
Expand Your MindStatewide
Add culture to your trip at museums offering all kinds of rotating galleries, interactive exhibits, thought-provoking displays and historical attractions.
Park Up with Music, Movies & More
Park Up with Music, Movies & MoreStatewide
Find tons of entertainment and events such as summer concert series, art in the park, outdoor yoga, film series and so much more across vibrant green spaces.
Watch the Sunrise
Watch the SunriseStatewide
Rise and shine, and start your adventure early at one of endless locations across North Carolina perfect for taking in a beautiful sunrise.
Have Fun Saturdays and Nights
Have Fun Saturdays and NightsBlue Ridge Foothills
Spend at least one Saturday this summer at Tryon International Equestrian Center. This sprawling entertainment complex in the foothills presents the Saturday Night Lights series, a free, family-friendly festival with carnival games, live music, food, shopping and world-class horse shows.
Score a Travel Deal
Score a Travel DealStatewide
Plan your road trip and take advantage of significant savings. Search our travel deals for discounts on hotel and resort stays, golf outings and spa packages.
Chase a Waterfall – or 250 of Them
Chase a Waterfall – or 250 of ThemWestern North Carolina
You may have never seen a waterfall in real life, or certainly not this many. Transylvania County is known as the “Land of Waterfalls” because of the more than 250 waterfalls spread throughout this area, about an hour from Asheville.
Please exercise caution and obey all rules and warnings posted near waterfalls.
Camping, Hiking, Kayaking, Fishing
Camping, Hiking, Kayaking, FishingState and National Parks
Break away from your mundane daily routines and explore the great outdoors of this state. Discover great places to set up a campsite for a few days, hike on scenic trails, kayak on a rapid river or fish on a quiet lake.
Go SightseeingState and National Parks
Experience the amazing scenes inside our state and national parks. From Cape Hatteras National Seashore to Grandfather Mountain State Park, there's beauty all across North Carolina.
Plan a Perfect Picnic
Plan a Perfect PicnicState Parks and Natural Areas
What better way to take in an eye-catching scene than to linger as long as you can? Choose one of our incredible spots to have a picnic, whether it's for the whole family or a romantic afternoon for two.