- The list below includes 78 free or cheap things to do in or near Madrid, Iowa, including 50 different types of inexpensive activities like Gardens, Parks, Movie Theaters and History Museums.
- From Iowa Arboretum to Perfect Games, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Madrid and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Des Moines, Ames, West Des Moines and Urbandale.
Visitors can help out the students of Iowa Culinary Institute by attending one of their gourmet dinners and providing feedback. The instructors guide the students while they prepare a seven course meal for their guests.
Along with public skating, lessons are offered at the Metro Ice Sports Facility. This includes basic lessons as well as lessons in figure skating technique. Other activities include hockey leagues and training camps.
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.
The Springwood 9 Theaters, also known as Fridley Theaters, offers guests the chance to enjoy first-run movies. The location offers both 2D and Real3D viewing experiences and guests can also host birthday parties at this location.
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.
Standard facilities such as a baseball diamond, picnic shelter that can be rented, a children's playground, and open picnic areas are available at Walker-Johnston Park. The city's skateboard park is held within the site.
Learn about the cultural and historical development of Urbandale, Iowa at Living History Farms. Children and adults tour homes, experience a one-room schoolhouse, explore early farming techniques and enjoy interacting with costumed staff.
Showcasing the newest films, Cobblestone 9 Theatre offers visitors refillable popcorn buckets that can be used for any showing for the year. Ticket discounts are offered on Tuesdays and weekdays from 4-5:30 pm.