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Hammond Things to Do

Hammond boasts some terrific attractions and entertainment choices for visitors, including exhibits at the state of the art Indiana Welcome Center. A Christmas Story Comes Home is the annual holiday exhibit which brings scenes from the film to life, including Santa's Mountain, where kids can slide down after getting some face time with ol' St. Nick himself.

Enjoy a planetarium and laser show at Challenger Learning Center; a space science education center carrying on the educational mission of the Challenger 51-L crew. At White Ripple Gallery you can see professionally curated art shows that rotate monthly.

Visitors can also check out live performances at The Towle Community Theater, do some highrolling at the dockside Horseshoe Casino Boat, knock down some pins at Olympia Lanes or splash around at the Aquatic Play Center.

Educational exhibits, holiday fun, live performances, and casino gaming are only a few of the fun and entertaining things to do in Hammond, Indiana.

 

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Aquatic Play Center

  • 2100 Calumet Ave
  • Hammond, IN 46320
  • Region: Hammond
  • Phone: (219) 937-7942
  • Website

Bring the kids out (ages 12 and under) to enjoy a splash pad, concession stand, picnic areas and playground. The first 90 minute session begins at 10 am daily (weather permitting). Children … More

Byway Brewing

  • 2825 Carlson Drive
  • Hammond, IN 46323

"It's about the journey..." Navigating the twists and turns of America's highways and byways invites discovery and experience that is sometimes earned and always learned. Occasionally we all need to … More

Challenger Learning Center

  • On the Campus of Purdue University Calumet
  • 2300 173rd Street
  • Hammond, IN 46323

This space-science themed education center uses simulation programs, hands-on science and engineering activities, and media presentations to engage learners in the STEM (science, technology, … More

Gibson Woods Nature Preserve

  • 6201 Parrish Ave.
  • Hammond, IN 46320
  • Region: Hammond
  • Phone: (219) 844-3188
  • Website

Self-guided trails allow the public to passively use the nature preserve. The Gibson Woods Environmental Awareness Center, built in 1984 with a grant from the Land and Conservation Fund, houses … More

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Hammond Marina

  • 701 Casino Center Drive
  • Hammond, IN 46320

Life's a beach at the Hammond Marina. Come relax on our sandy shores, cast a line or learn to sail. Slips and launch passes available. … More

Hessville Commerce & Community Creative Inc

  • 6727 Kennedy Avenue
  • Hammond, IN 46323

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Lost Marsh Golf Course

  • 901 East 129th Street
  • Hammond, IN 46320

We've given Mother Nature a manicure. Experience our award winning championship course for a day of relaxation and fresh air. Grab a buddy and schedule your tee time now! … More

Olympia Lanes

  • 4150 Calumet Avenue (I-90 & U.S. 41)
  • Hammond, IN 46324

Complete with game room, deli and lounge, is where you will find family fun for all ages. Home of the PBA Tour, 40 lanes computerized scoring, makes everyone a pro. Located across the street from the … More

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Uniquely South Shore
Northwest Indiana’s very own candy factory boasts the world’s best gummies! Tour the factory and experience your favorites being made, see the world’s tallest chocolate waterfall and sample some of the best candies around!…more
What began as a local newspaper’s effort to tell the compelling stories of Northwest Indiana men and women who sacrificed during the Civil War has evolved into a large-scale historical preservation effort. The joint partnership of the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority and the Calumet Region Civil War Preservation Project seeks to carry forward on hundreds of hours of community service that already have taken place. …more
Conveniently located between Chicago and Indianapolis, Fair Oaks Farms offers a fun family playground that everyone will enjoy! From the Dairy Adventure and Birthday Barn, to the Cheese Factory and Mooville, Fair Oaks Farms will keep the family entertained, and well-fed, for a full day of education and fun!…more
When a guest visits a hotel, restaurant, bank, or gas station, they rarely meet the manager or owner of the establishment. It's up to the front-line employee to make the customer's visit enjoyable.The R.O.S.E. Awards were created to recognize these "directors of first impression" who consistently work hard to make our lives easier. Guests & managers are able to nominate an employee who consistently "goes the extra mile."…more
Heavy industry carried the South Shore economy for decades. Now, the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority tells a story about a community: it’s been built by steel but changing from tourism. Northwest Indiana’s appeal is its devotion to ensure new & already existing businesses succeed. Area leaders have teamed together to revitalize the mill towns and make Northwest Indiana the place people want to live & work. …more
Experience the journey of the Passion of Christ as never before in this interactive trail featuring 40 life-sized bronze statues. Experience the various Stations of the Cross with audio descriptions as you walk the winding pathway.…more
With five different casinos, Northwest Indiana offers much excitement and action along the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan! With decadent restaurants, world class entertainment and floors (and floors) of slots and table games, your night is just getting started when you test your luck at one of our casinos.…more
A breathtaking adventure awaits at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, home to a plethora of diverse natural resources. The National Park is comprised of more than 15,000 acres of sand dunes, bogs, marshes, swamps, fens, prairies, rivers, oak savannas, and woodland forests. It provides visitors with opportunities for bird watching, camping, 45 miles of hiking, fishing, swimming, horseback riding and cross-country skiing.…more
Pierogi Fest, the pride of Whiting, is an opportunity for the residents to celebrate their heritage while poking a little fun at themselves at the same time. The one of a kind parade and festival have received countrywide recognition having been featured on the Food Network and the Travel Channel.…more
This holiday season, The Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond will feature 6 animated displays featuring scenes from "A Christmas Story". The displays include: Higbee’s Department Store Window, Flick’s Tongue and the Triple Dog Dare, It’s a Major Award, Santa’s Mountain at Higbee’s, the Bumpus Hounds, and the Parker Living Room. The displays were first showcased in 2003 in the windows of the Herald Square Macy’s in New York City. …more
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