- The list below includes 13 free or cheap things to do in or near Decatur, Illinois, including 52 different types of inexpensive activities like Bowling, Movie Theaters, History Museums and Hiking Trails.
- From Sand Creek Conservation Area to Rock Springs Conservation Area, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Decatur.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.