- 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.
A traditional bowling center, Maple City Bowl offers open and league bowling with automatic scoring, bumpers and synthetic lanes. The center provides food and drinks, a bar with adult beverages, a pool table, cosmic bowling and televisions.
With special events around the year, including a reiteration of the Civil War, Hesston Steam Museum exhibits not only steam locomotives from back as far as 1929, but also a ¼-scale railroad. Picnic areas, a soda fountain and a restaurant are also included.
Featuring bowling fun, Quick's Lanes is a popular gathering spot in Plymouth. Along with special events like cosmic bowling, this facility also offers leagues (including those for youth), a pro-shop and on-site dining.