Phone: (219) 395-1882
A bathhouse, a huge swath of sand and a stationed lifeguard make this beach one of the most popular spots for enjoying Lake Michigan. If you're looking for inland fun, strike out from the beach and hike the Dune Succession Trial - it includes a boardwalk and 250 stairs to a spectacular overlook of the lake. The beach also has covered picnic shelters and grills.
1:00 - 3:00 p.m. (CT)
Join a ranger for a hike on West Beach's Succession Trail at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. The Dune Succession Trail highlights the four stages of dune development within its one-mile length. This scenic, but strenuous, trail includes a climb up 250 stairs for a spectacular view of Lake Michigan and Chicago. Meet at the West Beach parking lot.
11:00 a.m. (CT)
During the summer months kids can participate in the Jr. Wildland Firefighter program at the park. Kids learn about prescribed fire, fire ecology, and have a hands on experience with equipment used in wildland fire management. Upon completion of this 30-minute, hands-on program, children will receive their very own Junior Wildland Firefighter activity book and a Junior Wildland Firefighter patch.