- The list below includes 9 free or cheap things to do in or near Marshalltown, Iowa, including 45 different types of inexpensive activities like Bowling, Movie Theaters, Art Gallery and Arts Centers.
- From Big Treehouse to Binford House, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Marshalltown and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Newton.
Located along the South Skunk River, Inis Grove Park provides open green space and nature areas along with basketball and tennis courts. The park has picnic facilities including shelters, tables and grills, a playground, restrooms and horseshoe pits.
The Brunnier Art Museum, located in Ames, Iowa features a perminate collection as well as rotating exhibits browered from private collections and other museums. A nice variety of interesting items is always available for viewing.
Managed by the University of Iowa, Reiman Gardens is an extensive series of botanical gardens that includes a gigantic butterfly house. This attraction is open throughout the year and offers holiday exhibits in its warm greenhouses.
Located on the site of a former dairy farm, Moore Memorial Park features open grass fields and paths that take visitors into a nature area bordered by a creek. It provides a playground, restroom facilities, picnic tables, grills and shelters.
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.