- 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.
At Kinney Pioneer Museum, visitors can get an inside glimpse of what life was like for the early settlers of the region. The museum features artifacts from the first pioneers on display, and hosts community cookouts.
Forest City's Pilot Knob State Park is a 700-acre park with abundant amenities. Its designated recreation area is open for hunting, hiking, mountain biking, dog walking and picnics. One of Pilot Knob's most unusual features is its Dead Man's Lake, a floating bog.
Kevan Paul's Guide Service offers hard and soft water fishing in the Midwest. They target lakes such as Clear Lake, Spirit Lake, East & West Okoboji Iowa and are accomplished tournament fisherman on these bodies of water.
The gigantic and elaborate Fort Custer Maze was designed by Adrienne Fisher, one of the world's leading maze designers. This maze is open between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Groups of 10 or more receive a discounted admission price, and children younger than age 4 are always free.
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800 2nd Avenue North, PO Box 735, Clear Lake, IA 50428 MoreLess Info
Open during the warm summer months of the year, the Central Gardens of North Iowa is a picturesque public garden filled with nearly three acres of flowers and plants. The gardens are commonly rented for wedding events.
The legendary Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa occupies an important place in rock'n'roll history. In 1959 the Ballroom was the site of the last concert played by Buddy Holly, who tragically perished in a plane crash the following morning.
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1045 South 4th Street, Forest City, IA MoreLess Info
Motorhome enthusiasts love to take the Winnebago Industries Factory Tour in Forest City, Iowa. Visitors learn how the company conceives of new designs and brings them to fruition. Call ahead for reservations, especially for group tours.