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Indiana Dunes Tourism

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Address

1215 N. State Road 49, Porter, IN 46304

Contact

Phone: (219) 926-2255

Fax: (219) 929-5395

About

Want to create a personalized tour of Indiana Dunes Country? Just stop by the Visitor Center. Our front desk destination concierges are supremely knowledgeable and can handpick the perfect attractions, activities and accommodations for you. This includes providing detailed information about dining, shopping, beach access, and assisting with directions and many other needs you may have. If you happen to drop by after hours, the brochure-stocked vestibule is open around the clock. Maps and a phone board listing ALL THE AREA'S ACCOMMODATIONS is provided for your convenience. You can also walk through our ever-changing exhibit room, learn about the history and ecology of the Dunes at our in-house movie theatre and pick out educational mementos in our bookstore. Don’t miss… taking a walk around our building and learning about its eco-friendly architecture. Go to each station to learn about rain gardens and native landscaping, and get ideas of environmentally friendly things you can do at home.

Amenities:

  • Free high speed internet
  • Visitor Center
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Events:

Art Exhibit at National Lakeshore's Visitor Center has been added to your travel planner!
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Art Exhibit at National Lakeshore's Visitor Center

Dates: September 12 - January 31, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (CT)

A collection of Indiana Dunes paintings is now on exhibit at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Visitor Center. The art is the work of the Duneland Plein Air Painters and will be on display until January of 2017. The Duneland Plein Air Painters follow a long tradition of painting in the Indiana dunes. Artists from the area meet once a week, often in the dunes, to paint outdoors. All artists are welcome to join in on Thursdays, either in the morning or the afternoon.

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Music Heritage Series at the National Lakeshore

Dates: January 20 - December 15, 2017
7:30 - 9:00 p.m. (CT)

Join in with the Save the Tunes Council as they perform traditional music associated with the sounds of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Tune up your vocal cords and gather for a sing-a-long. Held on the third Friday of each month.

 

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Octave Chanute Presentation with Simine Short

Date: Saturday, February 25
1:00 p.m. (CT)

Aviation researcher and historian Simine Short will talk about aviation pioneer Octave Chanute's early attempts at flight and offer insights into his personal and professional life. Octave Chanute launched experimental gliders from Indiana'a Lake Michigan sand dunes. He also encouraged other experimenters, including the Wright brothers.

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Bus Tour of Shirley Heinze Land Trust Nature Preserves

Date: Saturday, April 29
8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (CST)

Shirley Heinze Land Trust will host an educational bus tour of its nature preserves. Staff, board members and guest speakers will provide insights on land conservation and the ecology, geology, and history of Northwest Indiana. Lunch will be provided. The tour will conclude back at the Visitor Center at 3:30 pm. Reservations are required, call 219-242-8558. 

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Hiking Festival

Dates: October 07 - October 08, 2017
all day (CT)

Stay tuned for more information.

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Bus Tour of Shirley Heinze Land Trust Nature Preserves

Date: Saturday, October 21
8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (CST)

Shirley Heinze Land Trust will host an educational bus tour of its nature preserves. Staff, board members and guest speakers will provide insights on land conservation and the ecology, geology, and history of Northwest Indiana. Lunch will be provided. The tour will conclude back at the Visitor Center at 3:30 pm. Reservations are required, call 219-242-8558.