family enjoying the outdoors in the summer illustration with the aesthetic of Studio Ghibli films, in pastel color schemeSummer is the perfect time to get outdoors and stay active, and Central Iowa offers plenty of free opportunities to do just that. Whether you enjoy walking, biking, or trying new fitness classes, there’s something for everyone. Here are some great ways to stay active this summer without spending a dime:

Join a Movement Class

Good Vibes Movement offers movement classes on a donation basis, making it easy and affordable to stay fit. You can join a variety of classes and contribute whatever you can afford.

Free Fitness Classes

Grace Fitness also provides free fitness classes, perfect for those looking to get in shape without the cost of a gym membership. Check their schedule and join a class that fits your interests and fitness level.

Enjoy Art While Walking

Take a stroll around Pappajohn Sculpture Park in downtown Des Moines. This park offers beautiful art installations and is a great way to get your steps in while enjoying some culture.

Explore Parks and Trails

Central Iowa is home to numerous parks and trails perfect for walking or biking. Some top spots include:

Skate and Bike Adventures

For those who love skating, Lauridsen Skatepark by the Des Moines River offers a scenic and exciting spot. If biking is more your speed, try the 80/35 BMX Track for a new adventure.

Family Fun at the Park

Spend a day at one of these family-friendly parks:

Cool Off at Splash Pads

Make a splash with your family at the Johnston Town Center Splash Pad or Fox Creek Park in Waukee. These spots are perfect for cooling off and having fun in the water.

Stroll Through Gardens

Walk through Reiman Gardens at Iowa State University, a sprawling public garden that offers a beautiful and relaxing environment.

Fun for Dog Lovers

Don’t forget about your furry friends! Visit one of the many Des Moines-area dog parks to let your dog play and socialize.

With so many free options available, staying active this summer in Central Iowa is both fun and affordable. Get out there and enjoy all the wonderful activities our community has to offer!

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