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Indiana Dunes State Park

Address

1600 N. 25 East, Chesterton, IN 46304

Contact

Phone: (219) 926-1952

Fax: (219) 926-9113

About

Indiana Dunes State Park encompasses 2,182 acres of beach, dunes, marshes, swamps, hardwood forests, and white pine groves and is surrounded by National Park lands. The park's 16.5 miles of trails allow you to explore all these habitats, which shelter diverse wildlife and provide excellent birding. Even on the busiest summer days, if you head away from the public beach house, you'll quickly lose the crowds. Scan the open water for ships, beachcomb, and take in the sweeping backdrop of the dunes. Watch birds on the open water, feeding at the water's edge, or from the small bird observatory in the park's Nature Center. The park provides camping, picnicking, showers, snack bar, camp store, and a park naturalist. In summer, the park offers a small gift shop and swimming beach with lifeguards. Interpretive naturalist programs are held daily between Memorial Day and Labor Day, and on weekends the rest of the year. View the schedule at www.stateparks.in.gov or call (219) 926-1390 for information.

Amenities:

  • Outdoor

Events:

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Christmas Bird Count

Date: Saturday, December 14, 2019
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Join tens of thousands of volunteers throughout the Americas for the annual Christmas Bird Count. Families, students. amateurs, birders, and scientists alike arm themselves with binoculars, bird guides, and checklists to go out on an annual mission to count the local bird population for the longest-running wildlife census.

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Fireworks on the Lakefront

Date: Wednesday, July 01, 2020
activities; dusk fireworks begin (CT)

A family-friendly event features food merchants, a DJ,and fireworks. Please be aware that there will be a high amount of traffic at the State Park and Porter Beach. Guests are also asked not to bring any fireworks to this professional fireworks show, in order to avoid fire hazards. Alcohol is not permitted within Indiana Dunes State Park. Rain date will be Thursday, July 2.

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Annual Sand Sculpture Contest

Date: Saturday, July 18, 2020
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Come out to thisannual event and enter to win or just watch for fun! Whether buildingor not, come vote for your favorite in the People's Choice Award. Contact the NatureCenter for more information and specific rules. Thanks to the Friends of the Indiana Dunes for providing prizes to the contest winners.

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Hummingbird Banding Demonstrations, Indiana Dunes State Park

Date: Saturday, August 08, 2020
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The Indiana Dunes State Park Interpretive Services and Friends of Indiana Dunes will be hosting a special day of bird banding at the Indiana Dunes State Park Nature Center. Licensed hummingbird bander AllenChartier, will be demonstrating the science and research of hummingbird banding for the public, as will as discussing tip for hummer feeding, gardening, and his own research. Join in this magical experience.

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Annual Perseid Meteor Shower & Stargaze

Date: Saturday, August 15, 2020
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Annual shooting star event that marks the peak of the Perseid Meteor Shower. Night sky mapping the Native American sky lore begin at 8:30 pm at the Beach Pavilion. After 9 pm, the stars will begin to appear. Constellation talks will highlight the many star formations that can be viewed over the dunes this time of year. Additionally, the naturalists will have a telescope on hand for deep sky viewing. The evening coincides with the annual Perseid meteor shower. Saturday night will still offer excellent viewing, with the exception of a waxing gibbous moon.

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Singing Sands Stargaze

Date: Saturday, September 19, 2020
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Meet local astronomers from the Calumet Astronomical Society for a night ofstargazing. Special telescopes will be set up as well as periodic constellationtalks. Bring a blanket and join on the main beach, near the pavilion.

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Annual NWI Storytelling Festival & Ghost Stories!

Dates: October 16 - October 17, 2020
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A night of fright awaits you in this open-air concert at the Wilson Shelter for the 30th year in a row! Bring a blanket and a friend to hold on to as this program will feature a collection of spooky tales. Two special story sessions will take place. Children age 7 and under are encouraged to listen to the 5:30-6:30 pm stories. Stories for youth ages 8 and up will be from 7-8 pm. Apple cider and snacks available, courtesy of the Friend of Indiana Dunes. This program is free, but donations are accepted.

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"Howl"ween in the Dunes!

Date: Saturday, October 24, 2020
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Get spooked and thrilled this Halloween at Indiana Dunes State Park. The activities will take place throughout the weekend.

Scheduled Events:

Critter with Costumes - 10 am

Creepy Campground Crafts - 2 pm

Campsite Decorating Contest - 4-7 pm

Trick-or-Treating - 4-5:30pm

Hay Rides - 5:30-7pm

Owl Prowl - 6 pm

Saw-whet Owl Banding - 7pm