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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
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