- 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.
Ogden Dunes Beach in Ogden Dunes, Indiana, is not a public beach. In order to visit the beautiful beach in the summer months, you will need to purchase a permit in the town. The mile-long beach is actually divided into two separate beaches: East Beach and West Beach.
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.
Flamingo Pizza Of Miller is a local pizza restaurant offering a large variety of food options for its patrons. Visitors to the restaurant commonly enjoy eating one of the many pizza varieties, burgers, steaks, sandwiches, and many other options.
Gary Aquatorium is also known as Chanute Aquatorium. It is a flight museum honoring octave chanute and tuskegee airmen. The view of Lake Michigan is stunning here. The private garden on two levels is ideal for organizing events.
Visitors can view a collection of original art, photography, and fine American crafts at Lake Street Gallery. The gallery specializes in local art inspired by the Indiana Dunes and the shores of Lake Michigan, and also offers custom framing.
The Gardner Center For the Arts provides presentation of visual and performing arts and hosts a variety community events. It is operated by the Miller Beach Arts and Creative District, a non-profit community development organization.