Only in Indiana Dunes Country

No trip to Indiana Dunes Country is complete without a stop in the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, where you can pick up information about the area, chat with rangers of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and get introduced to the wonders of the national park by watching two informational videos. Be sure to ask for your free souvenir postcards.

Head to Indiana Dunes State Park, the signature attraction in the area. You will fill your day with vast and varied trails, a large lakefront beach, Nature Center, and the new 3 Dune Challenge. Can you hike the three highest dunes?

The most delicious tour in town is found at Valpo Velvet Ice Cream Shoppe, where the Brown family has been producing delicious ice cream for three generations. They also have incredible food.

The Hoosier Bat Company manufactures thousands of bats used by everyone from little leaguers to Major League hitters (Hall of Famer Frank Thomas always preferred them). Take a tour of this family owned and operated factory.

Take a tour of Taltree Arboretum, with more than 300 acres of woodland, wetland and prairie walking trails, native wildflowers, scenic waterfronts and formal gardens, and an incredible railway garden.

Visit Broken Wagon Bison Farm to see over 100 bison and purchase a range of bison products.

Sample local wines at Anderson’s Vineyard and Winery, where you’ll find a great selection of various fruit wines, fresh cheese and produce in season, and local jams and jellies.

If your trip is on a Saturday, start your day at Chesterton’s European Market, where local artisans, chefs and musicians showcase their fine goods. You can spend the entire morning enjoying the market and downtown Chesterton, or just enjoy all the many art shops in Chesterton if your trip is not on a Saturday.

Valparaiso University’s Chapel of the Resurrection and Brauer Art Museum are both located on the beautiful campus. Take a guided tour through the country’s largest collegiate chapel and be dazzled by the 94-foot high Mundeloh stained glass windows and the freestanding Brandt Campanile that houses 12 bronze bells. Then head to Brauer for the latest exhibits featuring both internationally renowned and local artists.

While in Valparaiso, take a tour of the Memorial Opera House, built in 1893 and a living memorial to the country’s Civil War veterans. It has played host to performers from John Philips Sousa to the Marx Brothers. Take in one of their many performances held throughout the year.