- The list below includes 59 free or cheap things to do in or near Des Moines, Iowa, including 52 different types of inexpensive activities like Movie Theaters, History Museums, Bike Paths and Bowling.
- From East Village to Saylorville Trail, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Des Moines and in nearby cities within 25 miles like West Des Moines, Urbandale, Ankeny and Indianola.
Thomas Mitchell Park is a county park featuring a tall, wooded ridge. The park is named after Thomas Mitchell, one of Polk County's first settlers. Attractions include a playground, camping facilities, fishing, picnic shelters, and hiking trails.
Located in an old fire station, Firetrucker Brewery focuses on creating full-flavored beers with a clean finish. Visitors enjoy the brewery's atmosphere and the varying food options provided by the rotating food-truck vendors.
An indoor training facility for baseball and softball players, Grand Slam USA offers a variety of clinics to help improve technique. Additionally, during Christmas, summer and spring break, special camps are also scheduled.
Courage League Sports is a recreational sports center dedicated for individuals who are facing a physical or mental hardship. Programs at the center include fitness classes, yoga instruction, and numerous sports classes.
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560 S Prairie View Drive, West Des Moines, IA 50266 MoreLess Info
The Funny Bone is one of a small chain of comedy clubs, with this location featuring regular performances from nationally touring stand-up professionals. The club also offers dinners and a full bar service to audience members during performances.
RaceAway Hospitality is a fan-run, national race-day organizer for passionate NASCAR fans. Fan experience packages include accommodations, chartered transport to the track, tickets, and food and beverages in the Hospitality Village. All ages are welcome and pit-passes are often available.
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1220 NW Prairie Ridge Drive, Ankeny, IA 50023 MoreLess Info
Prairie Ridge Aquatic Center is a water-based amusement center that features a pair of giant water slides, a kiddie slide, and a variety of other water games and attractions. The facility also offers open swimming.
6925 Mills Civic Pkwy, Unit 110, Jordan Creek Town Center, West Des Moines, IA 50266 MoreLess Info
Located indoors, Glow Golf provides visitors with a 54-hole miniature golf course with glow-in-the-dark obstacles. In addition to miniature golf, the center has a laser maze where kids can navigate through laser beams.