- 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.
Experiencing Lake Michigan is not complete without renting a boat from Oselka Marina. A mainstay in New Buffalo, Oselka Marina offers quality boating experience for families individuals who want to see the mesmerizing shores of Lake Michigan.
New Buffalo Beach is a local beach popular among local residents. Visitors to the beach commonly enjoy a multitude of activities, including swimming, learning to paddleboard, walking among the dunes, or visiting the full service snack bar.
Visitors can enjoy guided fishing trips on Lake Michigan with Captains Steve and Andy Peterson. Their trips are for up to 6 people and target a variety of fish from aboard a 39 foot Wellcraft Coastal.
Featuring primarily the seascape portraits of late artist Charles Vickery, the Clipper Ship gallery offers prints from similar artists as well. The Vickery prints are the primary focus, with numerous originals and reproductions offered for sale.
With special events around the year, including a reiteration of the Civil War, Hesston Steam Museum exhibits not only steam locomotives from back as far as 1929, but also a ¼-scale railroad. Picnic areas, a soda fountain and a restaurant are also included.
Oselka Park features two baseball diamonds, one softball diamond, a soccer field, a sledding hill, a pavllion with restrooms, and a bandshell and concessions during scheduled events. The Pavilion also features a fireplace open for public use.