- The list below includes 17 free or cheap things to do in or near Austin, Minnesota, including 38 different types of inexpensive activities like Specialty Museums, Walking Trails, Bowling and Movie Theaters.
- From J.C. Hormel Nature Center to Spam Museum & Visitor Center, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Austin and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Albert Lea.
A 10-screen movie theater, Northwoods Cinema 10 displays first-run feature films using digital projection and sound. The theater offers 3D movies, stadium seating, a birthday party room, auditorium rentals and a snack bar with food and drinks.
This Museum remembers the children who were sent to the Minnesota State Public School for Dependent and Neglected Children between1886 and 1945. The museum offers a tour through buildings and grounds as they existed during the orphanage era. The tour leads to the Children's Cemetery.
Offering art classes to the local community, Owatonna Arts Center provides visitors with an opportunity to develop skills in painting, sculpture, and more. It also has a gallery that rotates a variety of artists monthly.
Featuring a statue of Princess Owatonna, Mineral Springs Park is home to a mineral water spring and a waterfall. The park includes picnic areas, walking trails, horseshoe and sand volleyball courts as well as a playground.