- TripBuzz found 128 things to do with kids in or near Gary, Indiana, including 117 fun activities for kids in nearby cities within 25 miles like Chicago, Valparaiso, Tinley Park and Oak Lawn.
- From U.S. Steelyard Field - SouthShore Railcats to Miller Beach, the Gary area offers 99 different types of family activities, including: Beaches, Parks, Theaters and Historic Buildings.
- Bordering Lake Michigan, Gary is the ninth largest city in Indiana. Popularly known as the birthplace of the Jackson 5, the city has many ties to the entertainment industry, including being a title song in 1957's The Music Man, and being a backdrop in the 2010 film Transformers: Dark of the Moon. The city also features fourteen parks and various sports venues.
The Northern League minor league baseball team for Gary, Indiana, can be found at the U.S. Steelyard Field. The family-friendly ballpark offers between-inning entertainment, giveaways, fireworks, concessions, and affordable tickets. Kids can join Rusty's Kids Club for special benefits.
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.
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.
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.
The Concord Recreation Center is a family friendly facility that offers athletics programs such as flag football, youth basketball, youth soccer, and adult softball. The center has summer camps and teaches sports lessons and clinics.
Affiliated with Indiana University Northwest, Theatre Northwest presents a seasonally changing slate of dramatic productions put on by primarily University students. The theater also hosts visiting performers ranging from orchestras to lecturers.