- The list below includes 25 free or cheap things to do in or near Ottawa, Illinois, including 72 different types of inexpensive activities like Specialty Museums, National & State Parks, Bowling and Movie Theaters.
- From Buffalo Rock State Park to Lasalle County 4-H Fair Grounds, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Ottawa and in nearby cities within 25 miles like La Salle and Utica.
As an indoor rollerskating rink, Paramount Roller Skating Arena provides inline and standard skate rentals for visitors to use. The rink offers several birthday party packages that includes admission to the rink, skate rentals, and a meal.
A traditional bowling center, Pinheadz Entertainment Center offers open and league bowling along with a full service sports bar and grill. The center also provides volleyball courts, party hosting, live music and video gaming.
At Quest Water Sports, visitors can rent a variety of kayaks and stand up paddle boards to take out on the region's major waterways. The shop hosts public events like kayak workshops, fishing tournaments, and boat races.
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LaSalle County Historical and Society Museum is dedicated to Utica's history. Here can be found the Barn, where are exhibited agricultural tools dating back to 1875, the restored Aitken School House, built in 1865, and the Blacksmith Shop, built in 1892 and exhibiting items used in that period.
Matthiessen State Park covers 1938 acres. Besides the unusual rock formations and flora and fauna, the park also has picnic facilities. If in the warm seasons there are available 5 miles of hiking trails, in the cold season 6 miles of ski lanes can be used by the visitors.
The Enchanted Forrest is a 36,000 square foot playhouse, where children can glide on inflatable slides, try a laser tag game, mini golf or any of the many video games. In here, the entire family can have a good time at the local pizza store.
With a quarter mile clay track made for racing, LaSalle Speedway offers a variety of racing events from the World of Outlaw Sprint Car Series to the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. The speedway also hosts motorcycle swap meets.