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.
1. 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 is home to many hiking trails at the Indiana Dunes and throughout the many parks in the area.
Arts & Culture
7. Art Galleries and Exhibits
View the works of national and local artists at the galleries and exhibit halls, ranging from photography to paintings to sculpture.
11. Rotblatt-Amrany Trail
Follow the Rotblatt-Amrany Trail to see the studio's amazing bronze creations including "The Spirit" of Michael Jordan in Chicago and "Flick" stuck to a flagpole in Hammond, a character from the "A Christmas Story" movie.
12. "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.
Check out the lifelike taxidermy, waterfall and local fish swimming in the aquarium at Cabela’s. The store also offers free seminars and events throughout the year.
Enjoy the Outdoors
19. Shelf Ice
In the winter, discover the beautiful shelf ice on Lake Michigan, a natural occurrence that mimics the landscape of arctic regions. Find safe locations to view here.
22. Paul H. Douglas Center
Check out the education programs, try out snowshoeing or explore the Nature Play Zone at the Douglas Center in the Indiana Dunes National Park.
23. Community Nights at RailCats
View the RailCats website for Community Night baseball games, when you can pick up free tickets at local businesses.
25. Farmers’ Markets
Wander the local farmers’ markets all over Northwest Indiana. Plus many of the markets have live entertainment to enjoy.
26. First Friday Art Walk
Discover the shops and artwork in downtown Michigan City with their monthly First Friday Art Walk.
29. Festivals with Free Admission
Many of the local festivals offer free admission to enjoy live entertainment, browsing the vendors, people watch and more.