- The list below includes 66 free or cheap things to do in or near Altoona, Iowa, including 51 different types of inexpensive activities like Horse Races, Parks, Race Tracks and Movie Theaters.
- From Thomas Mitchell Park to Prairie Meadows, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Altoona and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Des Moines, West Des Moines, Urbandale and Ankeny.
Perfect Setting the is a local art gallery specializing in displaying works from over 60 artists from the state. Paintings, glassware, ceramics, wood carvings, and textiles are among the many mediums of artwork available at the gallery.
Forever memorialized in the novel, 'The Bridges of Madison County,' Roseman Bridge is one of several beautiful covered bridges in Winterset, Iowa. It is a popular photography location, especially in the full autumnal splendor of September, October and early November,