Indiana Dunes State Park
1600 N. 25 East, Chesterton, IN 46304
Phone: (219) 926-1952
Fax: (219) 926-9113
Indiana Dunes State Park encompasses 2,182 acres of beach, dunes, marshes, swamps, hardwood forests, and white pine groves and is surrounded by National Lakeshore 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.
Activities 6:00 p.m.; Fireworks at dusk (CST)
Family-friendly event features food merchants, a live rock concert and fireworks. Bus transfers will be available at Yost Elementary School and Chesterton Middle School to Porter Beach. Transfers will begin at 5:00 p.m. and continue until 7:30 p.m. The transfers will begin leaving Porter Beach following the end of the fireworks. In case of rain on the 30th, a the rain date will be July 5th.
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (CST)
Watch the sand come alive with dragons, monsters, and fairy tale characters. Sculptures themed to Indiana's bicentennial/history encouraged. Participate or watch others' creations.