- The list below includes 9 free or cheap things to do in or near Owatonna, Minnesota, including 58 different types of inexpensive activities like National & State Parks, Movie Theaters, Arts Centers and History Museums.
- From Mineral Springs Park to Kaplan's Woods Parkway, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Owatonna and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Northfield.
Featuring a statue of Princess Owatonna, Mineral Springs Park is home to a mineral water spring and a waterfall. The park includes picnic areas, walking trails, horseshoe and sand volleyball courts as well as a playground.
Rice Lake State Park is a state park of Minnesota. The park surrounds Rice Lake which attracts waterfowl during migrations because of its shallow waters and marshy edges. The highlights of the park are birdwatching, canoeing, and nature observation.
This bank is one of the designs of the Father of American Architecture, Louis Sullivan. He has designed several banks, all called Jewel Boxes because it resembles a jeweled strongbox, giving depositors a sense of security. It is now occupied by a Wells Fargo bank branch.
This Museum remembers the children who were sent to the Minnesota State Public School for Dependent and Neglected Children between1886 and 1945. The museum offers a tour through buildings and grounds as they existed during the orphanage era. The tour leads to the Children's Cemetery.
Offering art classes to the local community, Owatonna Arts Center provides visitors with an opportunity to develop skills in painting, sculpture, and more. It also has a gallery that rotates a variety of artists monthly.
A 10-screen movie theater, Northwoods Cinema 10 displays first-run feature films using digital projection and sound. The theater offers 3D movies, stadium seating, a birthday party room, auditorium rentals and a snack bar with food and drinks.
Northfield Historical Society Museum preserves the history of Northfield Minnesota such as the attempted bank robbery of Jesse James and his outlaw band in 1876. Exhibits include actual artifacts and photographs of the incident.