As gas prices zoom to near $4 a gallon and threaten to climb even higher, many of us find ourselves looking for ways to prune expenditures.

Many are cutting back on their entertainment dollars. The good news is there are a plenty of places people can visit in Sioux City for free, including the following.

Historic places:

• Floyd Monument, south of the 2500 block of South Lewis Boulevard: The 100-foot obelisk commemorates Sgt. Charles Floyd, the only member of the Lewis & Clark Expedition to die, on Aug. 20, 1804. The monument became the nation's first National Historic Landmark in 1960.

• Sgt. Floyd Welcome Center & Riverboat Museum, 1000 Larsen Park Road: river-related exhibits; serves as a state tourist center.

• Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center/Betty Strong Encounter Center, 900 Larsen Park Road: permanent exhibits, new exhibits, programs, activities, speakers.

• Flight 232 Memorial, 400 Larsen Park Road: commemorates the victims and those who responded to the crash of United Airlines Flight 232 on July 19, 1989.

• Woodbury County Courthouse, 620 Douglas St.: terracotta details and colorful tiles depicting panoramic scenes; listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

• Sioux City Public Museum, 607 Fourth St.: celebrating its first year of operation in its new building, with interactive exhibits, videos, displays, programs.

• Haddock Plaque, southeast corner Fourth and Water streets: commemorates where the Rev. George Haddock was gunned down on Aug. 3, 1886.

• War Eagle Monument, 100 War Eagle Drive: Chief War Eagle of the Yankton Sioux died in 1851. He is credited for being a friend of early white settlers.

• Theophile Brughier Cabin, 1075 Council Oak Drive: Built by the French fur trader in 1949; believed to be the city's oldest building.

Nature calls:

• Stone State Park: 5001 Talbot Road: beautiful Loess Hills park with panoramic views of Nebraska and South Dakota, trails, camping.

• Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center, 4500 Sioux River Road: nautral history exhibits including a "walk under prairie," programs, trails.

• Rose Garden, Grandview Park, near 25th and McDonald streets: established in 1937 with memorial pavers, benches, fountain.

• City parks, trails.

That's entertainment:

• Movies in the Park, Grandview Park Bandshell, near 24th and Douglas streets: family movies at 9 p.m. Saturdays starting June 9.

• Municipal Band Concerts at Bandshell: at 7:30 p.m. Sundays starting June 10.

• Queen of Peace/Trinity Heights, 2509 33rd St.: shrines, memorial gardens and places for prayer and reflection.

• Sioux City Art Center, 225 Nebraska St.: permanent and temporary exhibits featuring art from local and Midwestern artists, programs, classes.

• Sioux City public libraries: books, movies, children's programs at 529 Pierce St., 4005 Morningside Ave. and 2912 Hamilton Blvd.

• Saturday in the Park: July 7 in Grandview Park: premier music festival attracting thousands.

Look for other free events.

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