- 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.
Popular among hikers, the Coffee Creek Watershed Conservancy Preserve also has an amphitheatre which hosts public events, such as concerts. A pavilion, ponds, bridges, and a 4 mile-long trail system are also found in here.
A nanobrewery specializing in a variety of traditional and more experimental beers, Hunter's Brewing welcomes visitors to its tasting room. They also host special events with food vendors and live entertainment.
Many forget Indiana is located on the south shores of Lake Michigan, but one of the state's highlights is its beautiful dunes, towering 200 feet above the lake. Visit Indiana Dunes State Park, where beaches are wide and swimming is welcome. Concession stands, restrooms, picnic areas, campgrounds and lifeguards …
A movie theater featuring 12 auditoriums, Cinemark at Valparaiso displays first-run feature films using digital projection and RealD 3D. The theater offers stadium seating, self-service ticketing, a party room and a concession area with food and drinks.
The geologic-formed Natural Bridge State Park is an area featuring a marble arch and a man-made dam comprised of white marble. Bedrock marble here is 550 years old and has been carved out over time from glacial water melt.
An entertainment center, Inman's Bowling and Recreation features 32 bowling lanes, a miniature golf course, a roller skating rink and go-karts. The center also offers event rooms, video and redemption games, bounce houses and a snack bar.