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Attractions & Recreational Activities

>> Have fun bowling with friends at Inman's Fun & Party Center, which can be fund on Evans Avenue.


>> Spend a fun day out with the family at Zao Island, located on Horse Prairie Avenue, which is perhaps the premier amusement park in the area, featuring various recreational opportunities, including batting cages and amazingly beautiful surroundings.


>> Learn how to scuba dive at the Scuba Tank, situated on Franklin Street.


>> Visit the Indiana Aviation Museum, on Murvihill Road, where you can enjoy numerous and various interesting plane-related exhibits.


Sports & outdoor events

The Valpo Mini Marathon, which was held on April 11, in 2009, has grown into the hearts of Valparaiso residents, quickly becoming a very much-expected annual spring tradition.


The course of the marathon takes hundreds of runners, annually, on a mostly flat and fast course, with a few small hills, added just to make the race more interesting, through the city streets of Valparaiso, Valpo's campus and tree-lined city parks, revealing some of the city's most beautiful and scenic features.


Due to its springtime race date, Valpo Mini is considered to be a warm-up run for the much larger Chicago Marathon. Unfortunately, the 2010 Valpo Mini has been canceled, but organizers promise that the 2011 Valpo Mini will be `bigger and better than ever`!



Every year, Valparaiso celebrates a series of fun and entertaining annual celebrations that attract enthusiast from all over the region. Some of the most popular and favorite ones are listed below. Check it out!


June: Outdoor Movies Under the Stars.

June/October: Farmer's Market.

July: Major's 4th of July Celebration.

August: Annual Soap Box Derby.

September: Popcorn Festival.

October: Fall Harvest festival.

November: The VCFE Concert Series.

December: Holly Days.

Eat Up Wine Down: every Thursday of every month.



Valparaiso's shopping scene mostly consists of small shops, antique and arts and crafts stores, which is perfect if you're on a budget during your stay or vacation in the city - small shops equals `small` prices.


Among the most popular shopping spots in Valparaiso, there are:


Specially Yours Craft Shoppe, Address: 3 US Hwy. 6 Suite 3, Valparaiso, IN.

Artists' Den, Address: 203 East Jefferson Street, Valparaiso, IN.

Lifestyles: The Gallery, Address: 122 East Lincolnway, Valparaiso, IN.

Lynette Bremer Designs, Address: 110 East Lincolnway, Valparaiso, IN.

Framing Concepts Gallery, Address: 74 West Lincolnway, Valparaiso, IN.

Homeplace Decorating, Address: 1306 Vale Park Road, Valparaiso, IN

Valparaiso Marketplace, Address: State Route 2 at Silhavy.

Strongbow Center, Address: U.S. 30 and State Route 49.

Thornapple Plaza, Address: West U.S. 30.

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