Indiana Dunes Visitor Center
1215 N SR 49, Porter, IN 46304
Phone: (219) 926-2255
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.
From: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Join a ranger at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Visitor Center for a Sunday afternoon of kid's activities, puppet shows, stories and fun. Your children can learn a little more about our neighborhood national park All children must be accompanied by an adult.
7:00 am - sunset
Discover some of the hidden treasures of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore through a new Passport to the Dunes program. With so many different access points, it can be difficult to find all of this national park's special places. The passport helps guide visitors on an adventure of discovery to nine park locations ranging from West beach to lesser-known areas like the Great marsh, Glenwood Dunes and Miller Woods.
The passport can be picked up at either the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center in Porter, Indiana or the park's Paul H. Douglas Center in the Miller section of Gary, Indiana. To complete is, visit at lease eight of the locations in the passport and answer one questions related to each site. The answers can be found by hiking the trails and reading interpretive signs at each location. Bring the completed passport back to either center and get a free 12" x 19" poster featuring the newly-designed park site logos. There is a limit of one poster per group or family.
This is a great program for someone who has at least a couple of days to explore the park or who make multiple visits.