- The list below includes 42 free or cheap things to do in or near Champaign, Illinois, including 45 different types of inexpensive activities like Parks, Movie Theaters, Farms & Ranches and Mini Golf.
- From Champaign Public Library to Hessel Park, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Champaign and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Urbana.
Featuring auditoriums with full digital projection, Carmike Strand 10 is a local movie theater showing the latest released films to its guests. Other amenities at the theater include concessions, matinee ticket specials, and assisted listening devices.
Within Pla-Mor Lanes there are 40 lanes of traditional ten pin bowling that is available for open bowling, league bowling, and glow-in-the-dark bowling events. The facility also features on-site go-karts and miniature golf.
An independently owned theater, Avon Theatre the shows films ranging from Hollywood new releases to cult classics and art house movies. The theater also offers an array of refreshments, including its signature bacon popcorn.
A story of immigration, Hieronymus Mueller Museum celebrates the inventions and patents of a German engineer. Exhibits include family photographs, antique cars and information about the Mueller Company and plant.
Sand Creek Conservation Area has more than 7.5 miles of hiking and equestrian trails, spread across forest, prairie and floodplain. A historic road runs through the trail, as well as creeks which must be forded.
Featuring an extended menu, Carmike Palace Cinema 10 offers a variety of gourmet meal items to eat while watching the latest blockbuster hits in its auditoriums. The chairs have wide arm rests with cup holders and food trays.
James Milliken Homestead is the former residence of James and Anna Millikin and is open for tours. Millikin's founded Millikin University, Millikin Bank, and Millikin Estate Trust and in 1974, the Homestead was added to the Register of Historic places.