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30 Free Things to Do

Save some cash while enjoying family and friends with our list of 30 free things to do in Northwest Indiana. 

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Get Active

Bike Trails

The South Shore has hundreds of miles of bike trails, traveling along the lakeshore and through nature as well as paved paths through woods and downtowns The South Shore has hundreds of miles of bike trails, traveling along the ... ...more

Sledding

Sled down the hills of Northwest Indiana at places like Lost Marsh Golf Course or the Lake County Fairgrounds Sled down the hills of Northwest Indiana at places like Lost Marsh Golf ... ...more

Parks

Exhaust the kids at the many city and county parks throughout the South Shore Exhaust the kids at the many city and county parks throughout the South ... ...more

Skateboarding

Hone your skate boarding skills at the many skate parks in Northwest Indiana Hone your skate boarding skills at the many skate parks in Northwest ... ...more

Kayaking

Launch your kayak on the waters of Wolf Lake in Hammond. You can also rent a kayak or paddle boat on-site for only $5/hour Launch your kayak on the waters of Wolf Lake in Hammond. You can also rent ... ...more

Hiking

The South Shore is home to many hiking trails at the Indiana Dunes and throughout Northwest Indiana. Read on about the trails at the dunes The South Shore is home to many hiking trails at the Indiana Dunes and ... ...more

 

Arts & Culture
 

Galleries and Exhibits

View the works of national and local artists at the region's galleries and exhibit halls, ranging from photography and paintings to sculpture View the works of national and local artists at the region's galleries and ... ...more

The Shrine of Christ's Passion

Journey through the passion of Christ in St. John, walking a half-mile path featuring life-size bronze statues Journey through the passion of Christ in St. John, walking a half-mile ... ...more

South Shore Civil War Trail

Follow Indiana’s role in the Civil War and honor those that made the sacrifice along the South Shore Civil War Memorial Trail Follow Indiana’s role in the Civil War and honor those that made the ... ...more

Community Veterans Memorial

Pay your respects to veterans at Community Veterans Memorial in Munster. The memorial sits on 6.5 acres and leads visitors on a historic journey Pay your respects to veterans at Community Veterans Memorial in Munster. ... ...more

Rotblatt-Amrany Trail

See amazing bronze creations including "The Spirit" of Michael Jordan in Chicago and "Flick," a character from "A Christmas Story," stuck to a flagpole in Hammond See amazing bronze creations including "The Spirit" of Michael Jordan in ... ...more

"A Christmas Story" Comes Home

Get into the holiday spirit at the "A Christmas Story" Comes Home exhibit, every November and December at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond Get into the holiday spirit at the "A Christmas Story" Comes Home exhibit, ... ...more
 
Indoor Activities
 

Tastings & Tours at Albanese Candy

Entertain your sweet tooth with free tastings and a tour of the candy factory in Hobart Entertain your sweet tooth with free tastings and a tour of the candy ... ...more

Wander Cabela's

Check out the lifelike taxidermy, waterfall and local fish swimming in the aquarium at Cabela’s in Hammond Check out the lifelike taxidermy, waterfall and local fish swimming in the ... ...more

Wine Tastings at Carpenter Creek

Stop in at Carpenter Creek Cellars in Remington for a free wine tasting. When they're not too busy, they offer free tours as well Stop in at Carpenter Creek Cellars in Remington for a free wine tasting. ... ...more
 
 
Enjoy the Outdoors
 

Beaches

Relax on the beaches from Whiting to Michigan City. Don’t forget your sunscreen Relax on the beaches from Whiting to Michigan City. Don’t forget your ... ...more

Fishing

Fish off the pier at the Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk or head out to LaSalle or Willow Slough Fish and Wildlife Areas. Read our top 10 fishing spots in Northwest Indiana blog Fish off the pier at the Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk or head out to ... ...more

Watch the Sandhill Cranes

Connect with nature watching the sandhill cranes' migration every fall at the Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area Connect with nature watching the sandhill cranes' migration every fall at ... ...more

View Shelf Ice on Lake Michigan

In the winter, discover the beautiful shelf ice on Lake Michigan. Find safe locations to view In the winter, discover the beautiful shelf ice on Lake Michigan. Find ... ...more

Bird Watching

Watch for an amazing variety of birds at places like the Grand Kankakee Marsh, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, and Lakefront Park and Bird Sanctuary Watch for an amazing variety of birds at places like the Grand Kankakee ... ...more

Maple Sugar Time

Help tap the trees in early spring during the maple syrup season at Deep River County Park and the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Read on about this special time at the dunes Help tap the trees in early spring during the maple syrup season at Deep ... ...more
 
Events
 

Parades

Parades are not just for the 4th of July. Find them on St. Patrick’s Day, Labor Day and at the annual Popcorn Festival and Pierogi Fest, too. Search our event calendar Parades are not just for the 4th of July. Find them on St. Patrick’s Day, ... ...more

Festivals with Free Admission

Many of the local festivals offer free admission to enjoy live entertainment, browsing the vendors, people watch and more. Search for free festivals coming soon Many of the local festivals offer free admission to enjoy live ... ...more

First Friday Art Walk

Discover the shops and artwork in downtown Michigan City with their monthly First Friday Art Walk Discover the shops and artwork in downtown Michigan City with their ... ...more

Summer Car Cruises

Find a variety of classic beauties at the car cruise nights in downtown Crown Point and Whiting. Search our calendar for upcoming cruises Find a variety of classic beauties at the car cruise nights in downtown ... ...more

Vintage Baseball

Step back in time with a Deep River Grinders or Munster Centennials vintage baseball game Step back in time with a Deep River Grinders or Munster Centennials ... ...more

Summer Symphony Concerts

Sit back and relax during a variety of outdoor symphony performances throughout the summer. Search our calendar for upcoming events Sit back and relax during a variety of outdoor symphony performances ... ...more

Indiana Dunes Events

Almost all of the events at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and State Park are free. There is a just small parking fee at the State Park Almost all of the events at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and State ... ...more

Farmers’ Markets

Wander the local farmers’ markets and enjoy the live entertainment that some of the markets include Wander the local farmers’ markets and enjoy the live entertainment that ... ...more

Community Nights at RailCats

View the RailCats website for Community Night baseball games, when you can pick up free tickets at local businesses View the RailCats website for Community Night baseball games, when you can ... ...more
 
 
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