Discover a variety of fun things to do in Valparaiso, Indiana

When you reserve one of our comfortable hotel rooms at the Country Inn & Suites, Valparaiso, you’ll enjoy easy access to shopping, delicious dining, and other fun things to do during your stay. Just across the street, you can attend a game at Valparaiso University or view world-class American works at the on-campus Brauer Museum of Art. Traveling with kids? Get tickets to Deep River Waterpark to beat the summer heat, or head to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore to explore the outdoors together. Just 10 minutes away in downtown Valparaiso, you can embark on a shopping spree or attend one of the city’s seasonal events, such as the autumn Valparaiso Popcorn Festival. Afterward, enjoy a meal in one of the city’s many restaurants, and then finish off your day with a live production at the Memorial Opera House or the Chicago Street Theatre.

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Brauer Museum of Art

0.28 mi / 0.45 km from the hotel
Filled with the creations of 19th- and 20th-century artists like Ed Paschke, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Ansel Adams, this museum at Valparaiso University is great for family or solo outings.

Chicago Street Theatre

1.43 mi / 2.31 km from the hotel
With more than 60 years of live theater under its belt, the Chicago Street Theatre lures crowds for productions of musicals and plays, including shows like Hair and Much Ado About Nothing.

Deep River Waterpark

9.98 mi / 16.05 km from the hotel
Chill in the laid-back BAYOU River Ride, zip down one of the tube slides, or engage in water wars during the summer at Deep River. In the winter, the park converts to an ice-skating rink.

Downtown Valparaiso

1.39 mi / 2.24 km from the hotel
Visit downtown Valparaiso to browse local boutiques, savor artisan coffee, and choose from dozens of trendy eateries. Afterward, head to Central Park Plaza to relax on the park’s benches while the kids enjoy the splash pad or the outdoor ice rink.

Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest

6.09 mi / 9.8 km from the hotel
Featuring stunning display gardens, the largest collection of oak trees in Indiana, and the spectacular Railway Garden, this 360-acre nature preserve is a must-see. You can also hike a four-mile trail, bird-watch, and picnic during your visit.

Indiana Dunes National Park

16.64 mi / 26.78 km from the hotel
Created in 1926 to preserve the unique dunes ecosystem along Lake Michigan, this beautiful park has since expanded to include 15,000 acres of dunes, wetlands, prairies, and forests. Among other activities, visitors can swim, boat, hike, and bird-watch.

Memorial Opera House

1.23 mi / 1.98 km from the hotel
Head to Valparaiso’s Memorial Opera House to appreciate the beautiful historic building while you enjoy live entertainment. Events range from fundraisers to comedy acts, theatrical performances, and concerts.

Valparaiso University

0.41 mi / 0.66 km from the hotel
Valparaiso is a liberal arts college with Lutheran roots dating back to 1859. This beautiful, tree-laden campus is home to the renowned Brauer Museum of Art.