- The list below includes 71 free or cheap things to do in or near Ankeny, Iowa, including 51 different types of inexpensive activities like Movie Theaters, Music Venue, Breweries and Cooking Classes.
- From Prairie Ridge Aquatic Center to Iowa Culinary Institute, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Ankeny and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Des Moines, Ames, West Des Moines and Urbandale.
The tiny Birthplace of John Wayne is located in Winterset, Iowa. The cottage where the actor was born is now a museum in his honor. This is an excellent attraction for Wayne fans and anyone with an interest in classic American westerns.
Iowa's largest lake, Lake Red Rock, is located within an hour's drive from Des Moines. The lake spans 15,000 acres, with an additional 35,000 acres of coastland. It is a popular destination for hiking, swimming, fishing and kayaking.
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.