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These are the top free things to do in Indiana

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Highest-rated free things to do in Indiana, according to Tripadvisor

It is incredibly expensive to be an American. While workers in the United States have seen an 80% increase in wages over the past 50 years, those gains haven’t caught up with the ever-growing cost of living, according to a 2024 report from Consumer Affairs. Between 1970 and 2022, the national consumer price index increased by over 500%, while wages only grew by 80%.

That imbalance has put a huge strain on the average American. The number of cost-burdened households in the U.S. reached an 11-year record in 2022, according to an analysis of Census Bureau data by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies. In June 2024, Redfin reported that the median U.S. home sale price hit an all-time high of $394,000.

It’s no wonder that maintaining savings, paying down debts and mortgages, and regular expenses are taking precedence over vacations. But not everything that’s enjoyable has to come at a high price. In fact, there’s a roster of completely free things to do in Indiana.

Think about the most common items on a vacation getaway itinerary: sightseeing, touring landmarks, or completing a nature walk. Or, maybe you’re just aiming to relax and want some peace and quiet. Whether you’re a history buff or aching to dip your toes in some cool water, you can find all this and more without swiping your credit card or crossing state lines.

To help you find your next free activity, Stacker compiled a list of the highest-rated free things to do in Indiana using data from Tripadvisor. Tripadvisor ranks places using a combination of metrics, including overall rating, reviews, and number of page views. As a result, an activity with a 5 out of 5 overall rating might rank lower than one with a 4 out of 5. Data is as of June 12, 2024.

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#30. Caesars Southern Indiana Casino

– Rating: 3.5/5 (987 reviews)
– Address: 11999 Casino Center Drive Elizabeth, Indiana
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#29. Columbian Park Zoo

– Rating: 4.5/5 (239 reviews)
– Address: 1915 Scott St. Lafayette, Indiana
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#28. Allen County Public Library

– Rating: 5/5 (410 reviews)
– Address: 900 Library Plz Fort Wayne, Indiana
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#27. Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor and Museum

– Rating: 4.5/5 (434 reviews)
– Address: 329 Washington St. Columbus, Indiana
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#26. Shady Creek Winery

– Rating: 4.5/5 (215 reviews)
– Address: 2030 Tryon Road Michigan City, Indiana
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#25. Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets

– Rating: 4/5 (501 reviews)
– Address: 601 Wabash St. Michigan City, Indiana
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#24. Bridgeton Covered Bridge

– Rating: 4.5/5 (183 reviews)
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#23. Monon Trail

– Rating: 4.5/5 (355 reviews)
– Address: Carmel, Indiana
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#22. Shipshewana Flea Market

– Rating: 4/5 (639 reviews)
– Address: 345 South van Buren St. Shipshewana, Indiana
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#21. Santa’s Candy Castle

– Rating: 4/5 (312 reviews)
– Address: 15499 North State Road 245 Santa Claus, Indiana
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#20. Soldiers & Sailors Monument

– Rating: 4.5/5 (518 reviews)
– Address: 1 Monument Cir Indianapolis, Indiana
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#19. Grotto of Our Lady Lourdes

– Rating: 5/5 (347 reviews)
– Address: 114 Coleman Morse Center University of Notre Dame South Bend, Indiana
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#18. French Lick Casino

– Rating: 4/5 (902 reviews)
– Address: 8670 West State Road 56 French Lick, Indiana
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#17. Hard Truth Distilling Co.

– Rating: 4.5/5 (304 reviews)
– Address: 418 Old State Road 46 Nashville, Indiana
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#16. Huber’s Orchard & Winery

– Rating: 4.5/5 (311 reviews)
– Address: 19816 Huber Road Starlight, Indiana
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#15. George Rogers Clark National Historical Park

– Rating: 4.5/5 (280 reviews)
– Address: 401 South 2nd St. Vincennes, Indiana
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#14. Purdue University

– Rating: 4.5/5 (285 reviews)
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#13. Oliver Winery

– Rating: 4.5/5 (453 reviews)
– Address: 200 East Winery Road Bloomington, Indiana
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#12. Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino

– Rating: 4/5 (3,040 reviews)
– Address: 4500 Dan Patch Cir Anderson, Indiana
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#11. Crown Hill Cemetery

– Rating: 4.5/5 (302 reviews)
– Address: 700 West 38th St. At the corner of 38th St. & Clarendon Rd. Indianapolis, Indiana
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#10. Indiana Grand Racing & Casino

– Rating: 4/5 (4,300 reviews)
– Address: 4300 North Michigan Road Shelbyville, Indiana
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#9. Indiana University Bloomington

– Rating: 5/5 (650 reviews)
– Address: 107 South Indiana Ave. Bloomington, Indiana
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#8. Monument Circle

– Rating: 4.5/5 (922 reviews)
– Address: 100 Monument Cir Indianapolis, Indiana
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#7. Basilica of the Sacred Heart

– Rating: 5/5 (700 reviews)
– Address: 101 Basilica Drive Notre Dame South Bend, Indiana
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#6. White River State Park

– Rating: 4.5/5 (482 reviews)
– Address: 801 West Washington St. Indianapolis, Indiana
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#5. Indiana War Memorial

– Rating: 4.5/5 (670 reviews)
– Address: 51 East Michigan St. Indianapolis, Indiana
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#4. Urban Vines Winery & Brewery Co.

– Rating: 5/5 (664 reviews)
– Address: 303 East 161st St. Westfield, Indiana
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#3. Central Canal

– Rating: 4.5/5 (1,162 reviews)
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#2. University of Notre Dame

– Rating: 5/5 (1,074 reviews)
– Address: 100 Eck Center South Bend, Indiana
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#1. Horseshoe Hammond

– Rating: 4/5 (15,745 reviews)
– Address: 777 Casino Center Drive Hammond, Indiana
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This story features data reporting by Karim Noorani, writing by Zuri White-Gibson, and is part of a series utilizing data automation across 50 states and Washington D.C.

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