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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 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.

Amenities:

  • Outdoor

Events:

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Sunset Yoga, Indiana Dunes State Park

Dates: July 12 - July 26, 2018
7-8pm (CT)

TThis 60-minute class is for all yoga levels and are taught by the Duneland YMCA instructors. Classes canceled in inclement weather. Things to bring: a mat, a blanket, water, a small towel, maybe sunglasses and sunblock. This program is located near the beach pavilion. Program held every Thursday during the month of July.

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Beach Yoga at Indiana Dunes State Park

Dates: July 15 - July 31, 2018
9-10am (CT)

TThis 60-minute class is for all yoga levels and are taught by the Duneland YMCA instructors. Classes canceled in inclement weather. Things to bring: a mat, a blanket, water, a small towel, maybe sunglasses and sunblock. This program is located near the beach pavilion. Program held every Sunday and Tuesday during the month of July.

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Park Plays, Indiana Dunes State Park

Date: Thursday, July 19
7-8pm (CT)

Park Plays features the work of various local theatre groups presenting shows and excerpts from classic Shakespeare to contemporary musical to on-the-spot improv. Tonight HPPAG presents the Family musical Sleeeping Beauty. Bring a blanket or beach chair to the west side of the pavilion and enjoy free entertainment. In case of inclement weather, they will move the Wilson Shelter (follow signs). 

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Park Plays, Indiana Dunes State Park

Date: Thursday, July 26
7-8pm (CT)

Park Plays features the work of various local theatre groups presenting shows and excerpts from classic Shakespeare to contemporary musical to on-the-spot improv. Tonight NIETF Entertainment presents selections of songs and scenes showcasing regional talent. Bring a blanket or beach chair to the west side of the pavilion and enjoy free entertainment. In case of inclement weather, they will move the Wilson Shelter (follow signs). 

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Owl Puke, Indiana Dunes State Park

Date: Monday, July 30
3-4pm (CT)

Discover for yourself what is coughed-up in pellets from owls' dinners. Meet at the Nature Center.

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Park Plays, Indiana Dunes State Park

Date: Thursday, August 02
7-8pm (CT)

Park Plays features the work of various local theatre groups presenting shows and excerpts from classic Shakespeare to contemporary musical to on-the-spot improv. Tonight NIETF Entertainment presents Theatrepalooza Reprise, snapshots of upcoming productions across NWI. Bring a blanket or beach chair to the west side of the pavilion and enjoy free entertainment. In case of inclement weather, they will move the Wilson Shelter (follow signs). 

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Beach Yoga at Indiana Dunes State Park

Dates: August 05 - August 28, 2018
9-10am (CT)

TThis 60-minute class is for all yoga levels and are taught by the Duneland YMCA instructors. Classes canceled in inclement weather. Things to bring: a mat, a blanket, water, a small towel, maybe sunglasses and sunblock. This program is located near the beach pavilion. Program held every Sunday and Tuesday during the month of August.

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Park Plays, Indiana Dunes State Park

Date: Thursday, August 09
7-8pm (CT)

Park Plays features the work of various local theatre groups presenting shows and excerpts from classic Shakespeare to contemporary musical to on-the-spot improv. Tonight Gary Shakespeare Company presents Hamlet. Bring a blanket or beach chair to the west side of the pavilion and enjoy free entertainment. In case of inclement weather, they will move the Wilson Shelter (follow signs). 

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Sunset Yoga, Indiana Dunes State Park

Dates: August 09 - August 30, 2018
7-8pm (CT)

TThis 60-minute class is for all yoga levels and are taught by the Duneland YMCA instructors. Classes canceled in inclement weather. Things to bring: a mat, a blanket, water, a small towel, maybe sunglasses and sunblock. This program is located near the beach pavilion. Program held every Thursday during the month of July.

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Annual Perseid Stargaze

Date: Saturday, August 11
8:30pm (CT)

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 p.m. at the Beach Pavilion. After 9 p.m., 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 exception for a waxing gibbous moon.

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Hummingbird Banding Demonstrations, Indiana Dunes State Park

Date: Saturday, August 11
9-10:30am (CT)

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 Allen Chartier, 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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Park Plays, Indiana Dunes State Park

Date: Thursday, August 16
7-8pm (CT)

Park Plays features the work of various local theatre groups presenting shows and excerpts from classic Shakespeare to contemporary musical to on-the-spot improv. Tonight Hammond Community Theatre presents a historical reimagining of Camping with Henry (Ford) and Tom (Edison). Bring a blanket or beach chair to the west side of the pavilion and enjoy free entertainment. In case of inclement weather, they will move the Wilson Shelter (follow signs). 

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Chautauqua in the Dunes, Indiana Dunes State Park

Dates: August 16 - August 19, 2018
All Day (CT)

Relive the cultural, educational, artistic, and historical experience of the 1880s-1920s Chautauquas. Based on the model of the Chautauqua Institute in New York, guests will experience lectures debates, interactive discussions, hands-on workshops, and artistic performances all based around the theme of "Inspire Rewire: creating conversations across worldviews". Various locations throughout the park Registration fee applies. see www.DunesChautauque.com for more information or to register.

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Park Plays, Indiana Dunes State Park

Date: Thursday, August 23
7-8pm (CT)

Park Plays features the work of various local theatre groups presenting shows and excerpts from classic Shakespeare to contemporary musical to on-the-spot improv. Tonight Gary Shakespeare Company presents Hamlet. Bring a blanket or beach chair to the west side of the pavilion and enjoy free entertainment. In case of inclement weather, they will move the Wilson Shelter (follow signs). 

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History Comes Alive Weekend

Dates: September 08 - September 09, 2018
9am-7pm (CT)

Join in the special activities happening all weekend. There will be a Fur Trader Encampment, Beaver Trading Hike, Shipwreck Stories and much more.

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Singing Sands Star Gaze

Date: Saturday, September 15
7-11pm (CT)

Meet local astronomers from the Calumet Astronomical Society for a night of star gazing. Special telescopes will be set up as well as periodic constellation talks. Bring a blanket and join them on the main beach, near the pavilion.

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National Public Lands Day

Date: Saturday, September 29
10am-noon (CT)

Indiana Dunes State Park asks the public to join them on National Public Lands Day where they will help tackle invasive species, learning about the park and exploring ways to preserve our lands. Come join them for a rewarding time.

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HERO Half Marathon

Date: Sunday, September 30
8am (CT)

Run on the most beautiful course in the Midwest. Great views of Lake Michigan, the Dunes and wetlands. A truly unique course when nature is at its fall peak.

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Saw-whet Owl Banding

Dates: October 11 - November 15, 2018
Check website for dates & times

Burn the midnight oil for the annual saw-whet owl banding. Visitors can learn about Indiana's smallest owl in this up-close and personal experience. Though special nights are scheduled, if conditions are right, banding occurs almost nightly.

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Annual NWI Storytelling Festival & Ghost Stories!

Date: Saturday, October 20
10:30am-noon (CT)

The Nature Center Auditorium will come alive with a variety of stories told with puppets and props to enthrall children of all ages. Afterward, bring a blanket and enjoy a night of fright in an open-air concert of spooky tales at the Wilson Shelter. Children seven and under are encouraged to listen to the 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. stories, while children eight and above are encouraged to listen from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Apple cider and snacks will be available, courtesy of the Friends of Indiana Dunes.

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"Howl"oween in the Dunes!

Date: Saturday, October 27
4-9pm (CT)

Get spooked and thrilled this Halloween at Indiana Dunes State Park. The activities will take place throughout the weekend.

Scheduled Events:

Critter with Costumes - 10am

Creepy Campground Crafts - 2pm

Campsite Decorating Contest - 4-7pm

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

Hay Rides - 5:30-7pm 

Owl Prowl - 6pm

Sawhet Owl Banding - 7pm 

 

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Christmas Bird Count

Date: Saturday, December 15

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. The Audubon Society and other organizations use the data collected in this longest running wildlife census to assess the health of bird populations to guide conservation actions.