- 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.
Featuring the 6.5-acre McFarland Lake, McFarland Park provides 5.5 miles of trails suitable for hiking and biking. It can be used for fishing, picnicking, camping and exploring the woodland, tallgrass prairie and stream habitats located in the park.
Named for benefactors Mr. and Mrs. William Buxton, Buxton Park is situated on 5.4 acres and is home to a butterfly garden, arboretum and ornamental fountain. It provides benches, a gazebo and a trail suitable for biking and walking.
A movie theater with seven auditoriums, Paramount 7 Theatres displays first-run feature films using digital projection and sound. The theater offers RealD 3D movies, birthday party hosting and a snack bar with food and drinks.
Run by a regional historical society, Boone County Historical Center provides visitors with historical and cultural information about the area. The center has exhibits with artifacts like fossils, Native American tools, taxidermy, and more.
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Wrestling and sports fans enjoy visiting Newton's International Wrestling Institute and Museum. The museum is the focal point for preserving the heritage of wrestling in America and documents and recognizes strides taken by wrestlers throughout history.
Visitors learn about history and culture at the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Birthplace. The small home has been staged to reflect the lifestyle of Mamie and the venue is run by knowledgeable guides who know every detail about the items in the house.