If you’re like us and love the great outdoors or just want to do something different, Iowa state parks are a great way to spend some family time. Visiting the parks isn’t always cheap, though, so we found some great ways to save money on your visit!
Want the secret to getting into Iowa state parks for free?
There is no secret to getting into the state parks for free! Everyone gets in because Iowa doesn’t charge for entrance into their state parks!
Get discounts on camping at Iowa state parks.
Camping at Iowa state parks is cheap! You can stay at a modern site for electricity for $16 dollars per night. To further reduce the cost, you can stay during the off-season when it’s only $13 per night!
Military members and seniors can save money on their camping trip at Iowa state parks. Each park has a different rate or discount for seniors and military members. There are even some days where they can camp at the parks for free!
Want to camp for free? Even though the cost to camp per night at the parks is really low, it can add up if you plan on staying for a week or more! Campground hosts get free camping at Iowa state parks for the length of their stay. You’ll need to be able to commit at least a week to hosting in any of the parks. The parks do prefer hosts who can be there for the whole camping season but know that’s not really feasible for most people. While you’re at the state park, you’ll be expected to help people out in the campground with basic directions, maps and information on camping. Apply early because spots fill up quick!
There are many things you can do at Iowa state parks.
Iowa parks participate in the Healthy and Happy Outdoors program. You and your family can sign up. Track the activities you do in the parks to see who does the most and who wins. Encourage more people to sign up to get more options. You can also get free perks for winning at the activities you do in the state parks!
Some of the state parks have camps and workshops. These range from fun day camps for kids to useful workshops for adults. Your whole family can get in on the fun at Iowa state parks with the camps and workshops!
From trail races to educational hikes, Iowa state parks offer a chance for you to get fit! The parks are a great place for fitness on their own but you can also participate in some of the organized fitness events at the parks. Most of the events are free, but some things like the trail race require registration fees.
Need more than a state park?
If your love of the outdoors and amazing nature opportunities doesn’t feel quite satisfied, you might want to check out some of Iowa’s national parks. While they aren’t free to get into like the state parks, we found out how you can get a discounted National Parks Pass!