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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 Lakeshore-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 Beyond the Beach Discovery Trail, you’ll find 29 great sites to explore. Learn more about them below. For the Dunes Region itinerary suggestions, click here.

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Bailly Homestead and Chellberg Farm

618 N Mineral Springs Rd, Porter

These two historic sites sit nearly side-by-side within the Indiana Dunes...Read More

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Beverly Shores Museum & Art Gallery

525 Broadway, Beverly Shores

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

T: (219) 878-1517

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Brincka-Cross Gardens

427 E Furness Rd, Michigan City

Beautiful Brincka-Cross Gardens opened to the public for the first time in...Read More

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Calumet Bike Trail

Broadway, South of US 12, Beverly Shores

Bike, hike, or ski this 9.1- mile gravel trail, which skirts the southern...Read More

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Central Beach Access

151 Central Ave, Michigan City

During the spring and summer, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's shoreline near...Read More

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Century of Progress Homes

West Lakefront Dr, between Dunbar and Derby Avenues, Beverly Shores

With the theme of a "Century of Progress," these houses were built for the 1933...Read More

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Chesterton Bandstand & Historic Business District

Calumet & Broadway, Chesterton

Don't miss the chance to explore the charming community Chesterton. After a...Read More

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Coffee Creek Park

246 E Morgan Ave, Chesterton

Located next to the historic Chesterton business district, Coffee Creek Park...Read More

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Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve

PO Box 802, Chesterton

This beautiful 167-acre preserve showcases an inspiring and aesthetically...Read More

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Countryside Park and Alton Goin Museum

5250 US Hwy 6, Portage

Located in Countryside Park and operated by the Portage Community Historical...Read More

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Cowles Bog

1618 N Mineral Springs Rd, Porter

Don't miss the chance to see Cowles Bog, one of the great natural areas in the...Read More

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Deer Trail Park

Ameriplex Dr, Portage

This small park, opened in 2007, offers many recreational activities, including...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 Dune Trail

1475 N Brummitt Rd, Porter

Formerly called “Ly-co-ki-we” which is said to mean “sandy ground” in...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.