- 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.
Jasper County Historical Society collects, preserves and exhibits the agricultural, commercial, industrial and societal history of Jasper County. Industrial exhibits include the Washing Machine Center of the World, with agricultural exhibits showcasing wind power displays and antique wood working tools.
Featuring exhibits detailing the history of railroading from the Civil War until present day, Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad and James H. Andrew Railroad Museum displays railroad photographs and video footage. The museum also organizes train rides from the depot.
Come play in the snow at Seven Oaks Recreation in Boone, Iowa. Skiing, tubing, snowboarding, snow shoeing and a host of other exhilarating winter activities make a visit to Seven Oaks a great vacation idea. This destination also rents skis and snowboards.
The Izaak Walton Club House houses a conservation organization the offers members a chance to participate in a variety of recreational activities. The clubhouse features rifle and archery ranges along with a pond.
Experience truly fresh dairy products at the Maytag Dairy Farm in Newton, Iowa. The farm's flagship product is Maytag Bleu Cheese, which is sold throughout the United States and is one of the finest cheeses produced in the country.
Small and large groups, as well as private parties, are comfortably accommodated at Cardinal Lanes, which features 20 lanes and offers everything from bumper bowling to Disco bowling with music and colorful lights in the dark.
Preserved and maintained by the Iowa Historical Society, the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad is a working rail line and mobile museum that offers rides on vintage locomotives. It is open seasonally and closes each winter.
Located on the banks of Lake Ahquabi, Indianola's Lake Ahquabi State Park is a popular destination for camping, swimming, boating and picnicking. It has a beach shelter and tent campsites, but is closed during the winter.