Indiana Dunes Tourism
Phone: (219) 926-2255
Fax: (219) 929-5395
A visit to the Dorothy Buell Memorial Visitor Center will help orient you to the Beyond the Beach region and provide information to help you make the most of your visit. The visitor center is named in honor of Dorothy Buell, a tireless advocate for preservation of the Indiana Dunes. The visitor center offers a short orientation film, "The Indiana Dunes: Our Natural Wonder," as well as exhibits and brochures about Porter County, Indiana Dunes State Park, and Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Don't miss the Artist-in-Residence exhibit, which features artwork inspired by the Indiana Dunes region. In the Visitor Center gift shop, you'll find a great selection of local books and souvenirs. During business hours, from 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. (Memorial Day through Labor Day 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.), staff members are available to answer any questions and help you plan your explorations of the region.
Self guided, can be done any day that the Visitor Center and park are open (CT)
Hike the three tallest sand dunes on the southern shore of Lake Michigan: Mt. Holden, Mt. Jackson and Mt. Tom. This is a self guided, signed challenge that can be done any time of the year. There is a fee to enter the Indiana Dunes State Park.
8:00 - 10:00 a.m. (CT)
Join birding expert and Indiana Audubon Society Executive Director Brad Bumgardner for this monthly birding series. Meet at the Visitor Center and car pool to the birding spot of the month. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather.
Self guided, can be done any day the Visitor Center and park are open
Ready for an adventure? Then do the Indiana Dunes Scavenger Hunt. Pick up the form and map at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center. You'll be guided to nine great sites in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, where you'll hunt for answers to a series of questions. Answer eight questions and return to the Visitor Center or Paul H. Douglas Center for a free poster featuring the park site logos.