- The list below includes 123 free or cheap things to do in or near Gary, Indiana, including 99 different types of inexpensive activities like Beaches, Parks, Art Gallery and Eating Districts.
- From Marquette Park to Miller Beach, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Gary and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Chicago, Valparaiso, Tinley Park and Oak Lawn.
As one of most picturesque parks of Indiana, Marquette Park hosts an array of special events throughout the year. The stately historical pavilion and spacious park grounds offer rental spaces, a lagoon, hiking and biking trails, and beautiful views.
West Beach, Indiana Dunes is a beach-side park featuring three looping walking trails. Visitors to the beach can swim (with lifeguards on duty in the summer,) go hiking or bird watching on one of the trails, or go fishing.
Surrounded by beautiful gardens and Lake Etta, Lake Etta Co Park is a popular spot for relaxing and recreation in Gary. The park features an expansive playground, large shady trees for picnics and an event space and adjoining pergola for weddings and private events.
Visitors can view a collection of original art, photography, and fine American crafts at Lake Street Gallery. The gallery specializes in local art inspired by the Indiana Dunes and the shores of Lake Michigan, and also offers custom framing.
Flamingo Pizza Of Miller is a local pizza restaurant offering a large variety of food options for its patrons. Visitors to the restaurant commonly enjoy eating one of the many pizza varieties, burgers, steaks, sandwiches, and many other options.
The Gardner Center For the Arts provides presentation of visual and performing arts and hosts a variety community events. It is operated by the Miller Beach Arts and Creative District, a non-profit community development organization.