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Visitors from beyond the state of Indiana are often surprised to discover that Indiana not only has coastline, but that its coast is on Lake Michigan, the fifth largest freshwater lake in the world! And among visitors fortunate enough to know about this shoreline, many know it only for its beautiful beaches.

But just beyond the beach lie the some of the world’s largest lakeshore dunes, including Mount Baldy, a 125-foot “living dune.” Come visit and find out what sets a living dune apart from other dunes. Walk among native wild lupines blooming along the Inland Marsh Trail at the Indiana Dunes National Park-and perhaps spot rare Karner blue butterflies sipping nectar from their flowers. Visit one of the Dunes Region’s many historic sites and museums. Explore the grounds of the beautiful Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve, or watch for shorebirds and waterfowl along one of the many lakeshore beaches.

In the Dunes Region of the Beaches and Beyond Outdoor Adventures Guide, you’ll find 29 great sites to explore. Learn more about them below.

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Depot Museum and Art Gallery

525 S. Broadway, Beverly Shores

This tiny, pink stucco museum pays homage to the town's history and...Read More

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Dunes Kankakee Trail

1215 N. State Road 49, Porter

This trail starts at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center and goes north to Indiana...Read More

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East Branch Little Calumet Water Trail

Little Calumet River, Portage

With significant stretches in both Indiana and Illinois, the Calumet River...Read More

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Gibson Woods Nature Preserve

6201 Parrish Ave., Hammond

Thousands of years ago, as Glacial Lake Chicago slowly shrank in size...Read More

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Glenwood Dunes Trail

1475 N. Brummitt Rd., Chesterton

Formerly called "Ly-co-ki-we" which is said to mean "sandy ground" in the Miami...Read More

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Hammond Lakefront Park and Bird Sanctuary

701 Casino Center Dr., Hammond

A truly unexpected find. A small, 600-meter tract nestled in the middle of an...Read More

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Hawthorne Park

500 Ackerman Dr., Porter

Hawthorne Park offers a peaceful, well-maintained place to stop, stretch, and...Read More

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Heron Rookery Trail and Reynold's Creek

1320 N. 600 East, Michigan City

For more than 60 years, herons nested here along Little Calumet River. Though...Read More

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Imagination Glen Park

2275 McCool Rd., Portage

The largest park in the Portage Park system, 256-acre Imagination Glen Park is...Read More

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Indiana Dunes State Park

1600 N. 25 East, Chesterton

While thoughts of sunbathing and swimming in Lake Michigan might first lure you...Read More

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Indiana Dunes

Nature’s Masterpiece

Did you know the Indiana Dunes has a 15-mile coastline with sandy beaches, more than 70 miles of hiking trails, and more than 350 species of birds? Explore the Indiana Dunes, then shake off the sand south of the dunes with great lodging, dining, shopping, and attractions.