- The list below includes 35 free or cheap things to do in or near Carthage, Missouri, including 28 different types of inexpensive activities like History Museums, Parks, Historic Sites and Movie Theaters.
- From Precious Moments Park to Precious Moments Park & Chapel, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Carthage and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Joplin, Neosho, Galena and Lamar.
Precious Moments Park is a sanctuary containing Biblical murals. The artist and creator designed the Precious Moments Chapel to touch the lives of those who enter with a sense of hope and peace. Dozens of murals depict stories of creation to the resurrection.
Opened in 1989, Precious Moments Park & Chapel is a location dedicated solely to Precious Moments figurines. Visitors to the park commonly enjoy viewing the statues, visiting the gift shop, or visiting the chapel inspired by the Sistine Chapel.
Built in 1868 for a wealthy family, Historic Phelps House is a restored mansion with marble walls, chandeliers, ten fireplaces, stained glass, and other furniture from this era. The mansion is used as a wedding venue.
Dedicated in 1988, Carthage's Marlon Perkins Statue is a larger than life bronze sculpture that commemorates the life of the famous wildlife documentarian and television personality. The statue is located in the town park.
One of the last drive-in theaters on Route 66. This drive-in has a play area for kids underneath the screen which lights up during intermission. Old advertisements are played during the intermission. The movie starts when the sun sets. They also have a snack bar on site.