Finding fun things to do in Indiana is simple; but finding fun, affordable activities can be a little more difficult. From family friendly to girls’ night out, these 8 awesome things you can do in Indiana are both affordable and fun. Check out our list for inspiration:
1. Dollar Movies and Drive-Ins
Going to the movies is super expensive these days. From ticket prices, to 3D glasses, to drinks and snacks, a visit can end up costing you as much as $30-$40 per person! But dollar movie theaters still exist all throughout Indiana. The Evansville Showplace Cinema, for example, offers movies like Alvin and the Chipmunks, The Good Dinosaur, and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt. 2 for as little as $1.50 per person! You can find similar cinemas in Evansville, Greenwood, Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, and Mishawaka. Drive-Ins also always offer discounted admissions and can be a lot of fun for kids.
This Bloomington based science museum is a fun way to entertain kids inexpensively. Tickets are just $8 per person, and members get in for free. Visit any number of the museum’s popular exhibits like the Bubble-Arium, How Things Work, the Discovery Garden, and more. Bonus: go on the first Friday of the month between 5pm and 8pm for half price admission costs!
3. Laser Tag
Whether you’re trying to entertain kids or want something fun to do with your friends, laser tag is an inexpensive way to spend your time. Xtreme Lazer Tag in Avon, for instance, only charges $8 per game. Some places offer even bigger discounts, so check out the facility closest to you for good deals.
4. Turkey Run State Park
This beautiful park in Marshall, IN has over 10 trails to explore and sandstone ravines to enjoy. You can easily make a fun and free day trip here if you pack a picnic lunch, or for an extra adventure, bring your camping gear. Go canoeing and swimming or just enjoy the view of the creek. Whether you’re travelling with kids, friends, or your significant other, the beauty of this park is sure to entertain everyone.
If this park is too far for you, check out the local free parks nearby for similar events and activities.
5. Conner Prairie
If you’re looking for a more educational, yet fun place to visit, you can swing by Conner Prairie for as little as $8 per person. During the winter, only the indoor areas are open, but you can still explore learning adventures such as blacksmithing, hearthside suppers, eggscellent adventures (in March of course), and basic pottery lessons.
If you’re looking to relax, teach your kids something new, or just spend a peaceful, cheap day with friends, fishing at Hummel Park in Plainfield might be what you’re looking for. Teach your kids the art of fishing or just spend the day decompressing.
7. The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
Visit this world famous museum for free on the first Thursday of every month. Enjoy tons of exhibits, fun events and activities for kids, and endless learning opportunities. This event is free for all ages, so feel free to go with friends and family instead if you’ve never been to the Children’s Museum before.
8. The Indianapolis Artsgarden
The Artsgarden in Indianapolis hosts over 300 free events every year. This space is intriguing, because it's nestled 17 feet above the heart of the city, giving you a great view while you enjoy local music, art exhibits, and more.
Whether you’re on a budget, looking to save, or just want to enjoy something inexpensive, there are a ton of affordable ways to have fun in Indiana. What others would you recommend?