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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:

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Bubble Art

Date: Saturday, April 20
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Join bubble artist, Mike Bever, as he shows demonstrations of artistic creations using colored bubbles made from items we often see littered on the beach. Visitors will be invited to try creating their very own bubble art to take home with them. This special program is a great way to celebrate the aesthetic beauty of all the colors on our planet!

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Bird Window B-I-N-G-O

Date: Saturday, April 27
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Join the Naturalist at the Nature Center's bird viewing room any time during the hour to play this fun identification game for all ages. Prizes will be awarded!

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Wildflower Wander at the Indiana Dunes State Park

Date: Saturday, April 27
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Begin this easy discovery walk at the Nature Center to see which of our woodland spring wildflowers are blooming. The Naturalist will help you take a closer look. You will also learn some of the unique stories about these flowers.

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S'mores Day Fun!

Date: Friday, August 09
7-8:30pm (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 and are provided by the Friends of the Indiana Dunes.

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Storytelling Tellabration

Date: Saturday, November 23
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You're invited to join in a worldwide celebration, or t=rather, a Tellabration. Each year, storytellers around the world are encouraged to join in a Tellabration event by sharing their talents and celebrating the art of storytelling.

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Christmas Eve Morning Stroll

Date: Tuesday, December 24
10am (CT)

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