Iowa, also referred to as the “Hawkeye State,” is a great vacation destination. Here you will find cultural sites established by the Ioway people and the early European settlers, as well as great natural attractions. While there are plenty of tourist attractions that charge a fee, there are also many tourist attractions found in Iowa that are free of charge. These freebies can be used to fill in your vacation itinerary or they can be used as alternative activities for people in your travel group.
The State of Iowa Historical Building Museum
If you are interested in learning all about the state of Iowa then the State of Iowa Historical Building Museum is a must see free attraction. This attraction, which is located at 600 East Locust in Des Moines, Iowa (the capital), offers a library, exhibits and a great collection of historical photographs. This museum is open Memorial Day through Labor Day. Its hours of operation are Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and on Sunday from 12:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.
The National Balloon Museum and Ballooning Hall of Fame
For adventure seekers the National Balloon Museum and Ballooning Hall of Fame is a great free attraction. It can be found at 1601 N. Jefferson Way in Indianola, Iowa. This museum includes a children’s learning center, a theater, a library, a weather station and the Jill Rubric Memorial Window. Check out their website for upcoming events and special exhibits.
Iowa Gold Star Museum
The Iowa Gold Star Museum is a free attraction that is dedicated to the war heroes from Iowa. It can be found at 7105 Northwest 70th Avenue in Johnston, Iowa. It was opened in 1985 and has an amazing exhibit about Iowan veterans and a military museum gift shop. This free attraction is open Monday through Sunday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., however, it is closed on holidays.
Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center
Vacationers that are looking for a wildlife experience can visit the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center found at 4500 Sioux River Road in Sioux City, Iowa. This free state park includes miles of nature trails and an amazing 400 gallon aquarium which is filled with native fish species. The Nature Center is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. It is closed on Mondays, holidays and on holiday weekends. There are campsites available, however, these have fees.