- Our list of the best things to do in Valparaiso, Indiana, features the top 105 nearby activities — including 35 great attractions with user approval ratings of 90% or more!
- Valparaiso, IN has a variety of great sights and experiences nearby. Top categories include: Outdoor Places, Entertainment & Shows, Amusement, and Sights & Landmarks.
- The results below include the top 21 things to do within the city of Valparaiso, IN , followed by 84 popular activities in nearby cities, including Michigan City, Gary, Chesterton, Portage, Schererville, Merrillville, Hammond, Munster, LaPorte, East Chicago, Hobart and Michigan City
Covering 360 acres of prairies, wetlands, gardens and woodlands, Taltree Arboretum & Gardens welcomes the entire family. The children can enjoy the miniature steam engines, while the bird watchers can take any of the 5 trails totaling almost 4 miles to spot trumpeter swans and other 18 bird species.
With over 50 years of screenings, 49er Drive-In Theatre was one of the USA Today's Top Ten Drive Ins, while also being two timer winner of the Rose Award. Pizzas and other specialties can be served during the movies.
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.
Built as a tribute for the veterans of the Civil War in 1893, the Memorial Opera House can welcome 364 visitors at a time. It was the host of musical and drama plays, while also being rented for special events such as weddings and graduations.
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.
Part of the Valparaiso University campus, the Brauer Museum of Art is an art museum featuring a collection of 19th, 20th, and 21st-century American art. This collection includes art by Frederic Edwin Church, Childe Hassam, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Ed Paschke.
Playing host to a variety of festivals, visitors at Porter County Expo Center can attend craft shows, comedy tours, holiday events, and more. It has a banquet hall that can be rented out for private events like weddings.
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.