- TripBuzz found 76 things to do with kids in or near Valparaiso, Indiana, including 61 fun activities for kids in nearby cities within 25 miles like Michigan City, Gary, Portage and Schererville.
- From Zao Island to Inman's Recreation Center, the Valparaiso area offers 79 different types of family activities, including: Parks, Theaters, Bowling and Laser Tag.
- Just an hour from Chicago, Valparaiso, IN has a rich history with Potawatomi Indians and is located on the ancient trail from Detroit to Rock Island. The Battle of Valparaiso was fought in the town during the War of 1812 and there are many exhibits in the local museums to illustrate this past.
Zao Island features a range of recreational activities including batting cages, mini golf, laser tag, go karts, bumper cars and an arcade. Zao Island also has a real alligator exhibit where patrons can feed the alligators from a pole.
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.
Sitting atop a series of lakes, Rogers-Lakewood Park allows visitors to enjoy a number of water-based activities like paddle boats, but also has hiking trails and a rock climbing wall. The local wildlife includes beavers and turtles.
Featuring four baseball fields located at its center, Old Fairgrounds Park offers open grass areas for recreation and sports like soccer. It has a walking track along the perimeter, a playground and a pavilion for events and parties.
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 Porter County Museum was first established in 1916 when the local historical society gathered a large collection of local artifacts to celebrate the town's centennial. The museum remains open daily with guided tours, traveling exhibitions, and educational programs.