Indiana Dunes Tourism
1215 N. State Road 49, Porter, IN 46304
Phone: (219) 926-2255
Fax: (219) 929-5395
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.
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7:30 - 9:00 p.m. (CST)
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.
6;30 - 8:30 p.m. (CST)
Enjoy a scenic bike ride to the State Park beach and a fantastic sunset over the Chicago skyline. Sunset Tours offered every Friday and Saturday evenings through October. Includes bike, accessories, and guided trail tour. The ride is 20 minutes each way. Book your tour now!
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (CST)
Pedal Power guided tour is provided to & from the European Market. It is a 40 minute ride each way. You will be able to walk the market and enjoy other downtown Chesterton businesses. Tour offered every Saturday through October. Book now!
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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.
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.
7:30 - 9:00 p.m. (CST)
Gather up the Save the Tunes Council for traditional music associated with a 1966 coffee house.