- The list below includes 75 free or cheap things to do in or near South Bend, Indiana, including 64 different types of inexpensive activities like History Museums, Parks, Art Museum and Playgrounds.
- From University of Notre Dame to Howard Park, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in South Bend and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Mishawaka, Elkhart, Plymouth and Goshen.
You don't have to be a college sports fan to appreciate a trip to the University of Notre Dame. The campus is rich with tradition, and the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes is a solemn experience you won't soon forget.
Howard Park is 11.49 acres and features an ice rink for skating in the winter, along with a playground, picnic area, hiking trail and a recreation center for adults over 55 years. Fishing is also allowed via the river.
Kennedy Water Playground offers a tire swing, slide, and many spray features for children of all ages. The pool area contains multiple picnic tables and two small pavilions for the adults, and a concession stand.
Situated on 25.72 acres, Leeper Park is home to the Navarre Cabin, a log structure constructed an early settler to the area. The park offers tennis courts, children's playgrounds, picnic tables, a stage and a duck pond.
Rum Village Park encompasses 160 acres of woodlands and includes a nature center, an 18-hole disc golf course, mountain bike and hiking trails and much more. A variety of wildlife can be seen, including nesting owls, foxes and deer.
The first site for the South Bend Farmer's Market was opened in 1911. The market continues to be a bustling place that is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays in addition to Fridays in May through September.
Recently opened in 2005, the 55,000 square foot Studebaker National Museum should be on the bucket list of every vintage car enthusiast. Featuring over 75 perfectly preserved cars on display and a new interactive entertainment center for kids.
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100 Compton Family Ice Arena, South Bend, IN 46556 MoreLess Info
Located on the campus of Notre Dame University, the Compton Family Ice Arena is an ice rink featuring seating for 4,500 spectators. Notre Dame Men's Hockey, high school hockey, and public skating are among the events hosted at the rink.
Located in the 38-room Copsaholm mansion, the Center for History is dedicated to preserving and teaching others about the history of the Saint Joseph Valley Region. Featuring authentic period furniture, memorabilia, and the interactive 1830's Childrens Museum is sure to delight.
The Snite Museum of Art is a fine arts museum that displays more than 23000 pieces of art representing world cultures and periods. Of the many interesting items, the Italian renaissance paintings and the Mesoamerican galleries stand out.