- 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.
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.
Part of Central Park Plaza, Porter Health Amphitheater is an outdoor stage with ample lighting. A common venue for musical concerts in the summer time, it is surrounded by a splash pad and children's play area.
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.
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Featuring 16 screens, Goodrich Quality Theaters Portage 16 IMAX displays first-run feature films using digital projection. The theater offers D-BOX motion seats, two party rooms, stadium seating and a concession area with food and drinks.
Popular among hikers, the Coffee Creek Watershed Conservancy Preserve also has an amphitheatre which hosts public events, such as concerts. A pavilion, ponds, bridges, and a 4 mile-long trail system are also found in here.
A nanobrewery specializing in a variety of traditional and more experimental beers, Hunter's Brewing welcomes visitors to its tasting room. They also host special events with food vendors and live entertainment.
One of only two mountain bike trails in northwest Indiana, Imagination Glen Park features a 10-mile trail for biking, hiking and dog walking. The trail offers a range of difficulty to match the skill levels of different users.