- The list below includes 75 free or cheap things to do in or near Valparaiso, Indiana, including 79 different types of inexpensive activities like Parks, Bowling, Laser Tag and Movie Theaters.
- From Taltree Arboretum & Gardens to Rogers-Lakewood Park, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Valparaiso and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Gary, Michigan City, Portage and Schererville.
Located in the 38-room Copsaholm mansion, the Center for History is dedicated to preserving and teaching others about the history of the Saint Joseph Valley Region. Featuring authentic period furniture, memorabilia, and the interactive 1830's Childrens Museum is sure to delight.
Recently opened in 2005, the 55,000 square foot Studebaker National Museum should be on the bucket list of every vintage car enthusiast. Featuring over 75 perfectly preserved cars on display and a new interactive entertainment center for kids.
Wicker Park offers a variety of shopping, nightlife, and dining locations for guests to visit. The location, known as one of the top “hipster” neighborhoods in the United States, features boutique shops and vintage clothing shops.
The AMC Showplace Cicero 14 is a modern multiplex cinema that features first-run films and offers full digital projection with stadium seating throughout its auditoriums. The facility also provides traditional amenitites like a snack bar and arcade as well.
With several outdoor spaces and facilities, Hawthorne Park District manages a number of swimming pools, playgrounds and athletic fields. Both adult and youth leagues are also provided for a variety of sports such as soccer and softball.
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The community gathers at Town Hall Bowl for cheap bowling, shoe rental, beer, food, and fun. The banquet hall in the facility can also be rented for events such as reunions and receptions.