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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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Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk

6150 US Hwy 12 (100 Riverwalk Dr.), Portage

Formerly an industrial site for National Steel, this 57-acre lakefront site...Read More

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Porter Beach

3050 Wabash Ave., Porter

The Porter Beach area is a good place to watch raptor migration. In March and...Read More

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Porter-Brickyard Trail

US Hwy 12 & Mineral Springs Rd., Porter

This trail features forest views, bridges over U.S. 20 and U.S. 12 and a way to...Read More

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Thomas Centennial Park & Chesterton Bandstand

Calumet Rd. and Broadway, Chesterton

This park has a gazebo and picnic tables, and it is home to many festivals and...Read More

T: (219) 926-3000 | View Website

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Tolleston Dunes Trail

5800 US 12 (Dunes Hwy.), Portage

Moderate trails measuring 2.6 miles make for not only a great hike, but...Read More

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Washington Park Beach & Zoo

6 On the Lake, Michigan City

Spend a day exploring the Washington Park area. A park with open play areas and...Read More

T: (219) 873-1506 | View Website

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West Beach

376 N. County Line Rd., Gary

A bathhouse, a huge swath of sand, and a stationed lifeguard during the summer...Read More

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Westchester Migratory Bird Sanctuary

1150 S. 11th St., Chesterton

Porterco Conservation Trust, Inc., supported by the Porter County Parks...Read More

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Westchester Township History Museum

700 W. Porter Ave., Chesterton

Victorian era gardens welcome visitors to the elegant 1885 Brown Mansion, which...Read More

T: (219) 983-9715 | View Website

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Whiting Lakefront Park and Whihala Beach

1500 Park Rd., Whiting

Whiting Park and Whihala Beach Park are adjacent to one another. Combined,...Read More

T: (219) 659-0860 | View Website

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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.