Take your itinerary, and throw it away. There’s so much to do and see in Valparaiso, you’re going to need a few extra days. Cut loose and have a bit of family fun at Zao Island on one of two miniature golf courses, or hit the go-karts, laser tag course, game room, and batting cages before refueling with a slice at Colada’s Pizzeria.
Boredom isn’t a concept here. You’ll be entertained no matter your interests. Experience a movie experience straight out of the 1950s at 49er Drive-In Theatre, listen to music at the Memorial Opera House, or enjoy a great production at the Chicago Street Theatre. Wander through seven galleries filled with more than 3,000 pieces of art at Valparaiso University’s Brauer Museum of Art, or find local artists’ work at great places like Air One Aerial Photography and Lifestyles.
Should you need something else during your visit, hit up the city’s one-of-a-kind downtown stores like Piper Children’s Boutiques, Ivy Boutique, Bangles, Sheep’s Clothing Knitting Supply, and Old World Market.
Of course, there’s a ton of natural beauty to take in too. Get your fix of nature and railroad fun at Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest, which features hiking trails, formal gardens, and a huge, nationally-recognized model railway garden.