- 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.
Crescent Cinemas first opened its doors in the 1920's. Once a single-screen house, Crescent now is a multi-screen cinema that shows first run movies. Movies are shown in digital projection and Dolby digital surround sound.
The Illinois Rt 66 Museum is a showcase and celebration of the famous Route 66 highway. Visitors can view thousands of historic items collected over several decades, including memorabilia, antiques and murals, and hear stories from the road's glory days.
A fairground and camping site, Livingston County 4-H Park provides RV sites with water and electrical hookups, a basketball court and playground equipment. The park can be used for picnics, wildlife viewing and tent camping.