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Indiana Dunes State Park

Address

1600 N. 25 East, Chesterton, IN 46304

Contact

Phone: (219) 926-1952

Fax: (219) 926-9113

About

While thoughts of sunbathing and swimming in Lake Michigan might first lure you to this beautiful state park, there's so much more to do at Indiana Dunes State Park. The park encompasses 2,182 acres of beach, dunes, marshes, swamps, hardwood forests, and white pine groves. These varied habitats shelter diverse wildlife, and this state park is known for its excellent birding. The park's 16.5 miles of trails allow you to explore all these habitats. And of course the beaches themselves offer great walking and wildlife viewing. Head away from the public beach house, and you'll quickly lose the crowds. Scan the open water for ships, look for treasures in the sand at your feet, watch birds on the open water or feeding at the water's edge, and take in the sweeping backdrop of the dunes. Watch for birds from the small bird observatory in the Nature Center. The park provides camping, picnicking, showers, snack bar, camp store, and a park naturalist. In summer, the park offers a small gift shop and swimming beach with lifeguards. Interpretive naturalist programs are held daily between Memorial Day and Labor Day, and on weekends the rest of the year. View the schedule at www.stateparks.in.gov or call (219) 926-1390 for information.

Amenities:

  • Outdoor

Events:

Lion Hunt, Indiana Dunes State Park has been added to your travel planner!
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Lion Hunt, Indiana Dunes State Park

Date: Tuesday, July 17
3-4pm (CT)

Join the Naturalist for a short discovery walk looking for the unique lions of the dunes. Meet at the Nature Center.

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Feed the Birds, Indiana Dunes State Park

Date: Tuesday, July 17
10-11am (CT)

Join the Naturalist at the Nature Center to help with their morning shore of filling the bird feeders. Meet at the Nature Center.

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Turtle Time, Indiana Dunes State Park

Date: Wednesday, July 18
3-4pm (CT)

Turtle Trot on over to the Nature Center to meet and learn about the variety of turtles found in the dunes. Meet at the Nature Center.

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To the Blowout and Back, Indiana Dunes State Park

Date: Thursday, July 19
10-11:45am (CT)

Come out and experience with a Naturalist what was voted by USA Today as Indiana's greatest trail. Meet at the Nature Center.

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Beaver Tales, Indiana Dunes State Park

Date: Thursday, July 19
3-4pm (CT)

Discover fascinating facts about beaver adaptations in this fun interactive program. Meet at the Nature Center.

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S'mores Day Fun!

Date: Friday, August 10
7pm (CT)

Help celebrate National S'mores Day. Start by learning a little about the history of the camping culture of this delicious treat. Then have a full smorgasbord of different smores variations as well as marshmallow games for everyone to try. Kids under 12, please bring a parent. The activities take place at the Wilson Shelter.

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Christmas Eve Morning Stroll

Date: Monday, December 24
10am (CT)

Join the naturalists for their traditional Christmas Eve stroll through the dune forests.