- The list below includes 81 free or cheap things to do in or near Portage, Indiana, including 92 different types of inexpensive activities like Bowling, Beaches, Movie Theaters and Pubs.
- From Ogden Dunes Beach to Imagination Glen Park, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Portage and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Valparaiso, Gary, Michigan City and Hammond.
Ogden Dunes Beach in Ogden Dunes, Indiana, is not a public beach. In order to visit the beautiful beach in the summer months, you will need to purchase a permit in the town. The mile-long beach is actually divided into two separate beaches: East Beach and West Beach.
One of only two mountain bike trails in northwest Indiana, Imagination Glen Park features a 10-mile trail for biking, hiking and dog walking. The trail offers a range of difficulty to match the skill levels of different users.
With access to a beach and fishing pier, Portage Lakefront & Riverwalk is a popular location for activities and scenic views. It includes a 3,500 square foot public pavilion with restrooms, a snack bar and a meeting room.
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Featuring 16 screens, Goodrich Quality Theaters Portage 16 IMAX displays first-run feature films using digital projection. The theater offers D-BOX motion seats, two party rooms, stadium seating and a concession area with food and drinks.
Designed for the whole family, Camelot Bowling Centers Inc. features 48 lanes and leagues for every age and gender. The center also features a multi-use indoor sportsplex for hockey, softball, soccer and roller derby.
Hosting bowling leagues and tournaments, Camelot Bowling Center offers recreational bowling to the public. In addition to the lounge, the bowling alley has a snack shop where visitors can purchase appetizers, pizza, and dessert.
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.