Did you know that Valparaiso is the second largest city in Porter County?
Best Way to travel: Car
#1 Thing to do: 49er Drive-In Theatre
#2 Thing to do: Taltree Arboretum and Gardens
#3 Thing to do: The Course at Aberdeen
Fun Fact: The city hosts an annual Popcorn Festival in the downtown area.
#1 Car Rental Company: Enterprise
Valparaiso is the county seat of Porter County, Indiana, United States of America. Valparaiso is also named Valpo. Its motto is "Valley of Paradise". The area which is now Valparaiso was inhabited in the past by the Potawatomi Indians. The city of Valparaiso was established in 1836 and was named Portersville, to match the name of the county whose seat was named from the beginning. In 1837 it was renamed after Valparaiso, Chile, a city where David Porter, the man after which the initial name of the city was given, fought in the War of 1812. Notable residents of Valparaiso include literary critic Newton Arvin, actress Beulah Bondi, astronaut Mark N. Brown, politician Samuel Austin Kendall, author Walter Wangerin Jr. and architect R. Harold Zook.
Top Attractions within Valparaiso
DeForest Skinner House or Skinner Homestead is one historical building of the city of Valparaiso. It was built in 1860 in an Italianate style, close to the courthouse of the county. DeForest Skinner purchased the home when he married Rachel Ann Maxwell, the year after the construction was finished. He was a business man and a politician and lived in this Valparaiso house until he died, in 1902.
David Garland Rose House was raised in Valparaiso also in 1860. David Rose was a businessman and he constructed this unusual house shaped as an octagon. A few years later, this type of homes was very popular in the U.S. thanks to the low cost of the construction. Even so, the octagon craze was short and in present, less than 120 houses like this can still be seen in the country.
Don Quijote Restaurante is the only authentic Spanish restaurant in Valparaiso. This great eatery offers dishes from all the regions of Spain. You can find it easily in the center of Valparaiso. Try the Grilled Shellfish and the sensational Tapas accompanied by a great wine.