- The list below includes 73 free or cheap things to do in or near Decatur, Alabama, including 51 different types of inexpensive activities like Parks, Military Museums, Nature & Wildlife Areas and Recreation Centers.
- From Delano Park to Wheeler Lake, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Decatur and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Huntsville, Madison and Athens.
Featuring over 10 miles of nature trails, Hays Nature Preserve is an area of protected parkland popular among lovers of nature. Common activities include hiking, bike riding, and horseback riding through the miles of trails.
A fenced canine recreation and exercise facility, Dog Spot dog park provides open grass fields with separate areas for large and small dogs. The park offers trees, benches, drinking water and dog waste bags.
100% 28 votes
2707 Artie St SW Suite 6, Huntsville, AL 35805 MoreLess Info
Land Trust of North Alabama offers 60+ miles of public trails to relax, get exercise and connect with nature across several nature preserves. Each preserve offers mostly unpaved trails. Trail maps available at landtrustnal.org. Free and open dawn to dusk.
A movie theater with 18 screens, Valley Bend 18 displays first-run feature films using digital projection and RealD 3D. The theater offers stadium seating, an IMAX 3D auditorium and a snack bar with food and drinks.
33% 3 votes
1485 Four Mile Post Rd SE, Huntsville, AL 35802 MoreLess Info
Featuring an IMAX theater, Carmike Cinemas Valley Bend 18 shows the latest films in both 2D and 3D viewing formats. The auditoriums have stadium seating, digital projectors, and surround sound.
100% 23 votes
516 County Rd. 1127, Vinemont, AL 35179 MoreLess Info
Privately owned, the Crooked Creek Civil War Museum features mostly exhibits of Civil War artifacts actually found on the owner's property. There are also pieces which were donated to the museum to help fill out the collection.
99% 135 votes
South Shawdee Road, Huntsville, AL MoreLess Info
Visitors can hike a 1.5-mile Madison County Nature Trail on Green Mountain. In the spring visitors can see azaleas and dogwood in bloom, and visitors can always see the oldest and largest Champion Winged Elm Tree in Alabama.
80% 5 votes
5000 Nature Trail Rd SE, Huntsville, AL 35803 MoreLess Info
The Madison County Nature Trail is an easy 1.5 mile trail located on Green Mountain in a 72 acre park that includes a lake, pavilion, chapel, picnic tables, covered bridge and wheelchair accessible restrooms.
With a variety of seasonal events, North Alabama Railroad Museum offers rides on their historic trains. The museum is self-guided, but among the seasonal rides are the Santa Train ride during the holidays and Pumpkin Picking ride in autumn.
Monte Sano State Park is a retreat covering 2,140 acres, with lots of picnic areas, trails and mountain-biking trails, and modern camping sites for RVs. It also has 14 cabins, designed in the style of Arts and Crafts.