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See the arts come alive

Immerse yourself in creativity inspired by the spectacular natural surroundings of Indiana Dunes Country. Enter a whole new world during a performance by one of our many theatre companies. Tour a gallery featuring the stunning works of local artists, or try your hand at creating something yourself. Pack your family into the car and pull up in front of a giant drive-in movie screen. Or float away on the notes drifting to the treetops during an enchanting open-air concert.

49er Drive-In Theatre

49er Drive-In Theatre

Enjoy all the neat-o aspects of a 1950s drive-in merged with modern-day convenience. For the price of one ticket, you get a kids movie and a family-friendly grown-up film. Unlike other drive- ins, many of the movies are just premiering in “regular” theatres. Come hungry, because you won’t ... More

T: 219-462-6122  | E: drivein49er@aol.com | W: View Website

4th Street Theater

Don’t let the intimacy of this 60-seat venue fool you. At this award-winning community theatre company you’ll be wowed by Broadway-level talent performing everything from avant-garde one-acts to Tony-winning blockbuster musicals, including regional and world premieres.

T: 219-926-7875  | E: ncca4thstreet@comcast.net | W: View Website

Art Barn

Art Barn

Established in 1970, Art Barn School of Art is a not-for-profit organization located in a restored country barn on 69 acres of pastoral land. Each season inspires oil painters, watercolorists, sculptors, paper makers, mixed media, and photographers. Art school and gallery housing the ... More

T: 219-462-9009  | E: artbarnin@aol.com | W: View Website

Ceramix 101

This paint-your-own ceramics studio offers entertainment for all ages in a fun, creative environment. Once you’ve designed your masterpiece, it’s a one-week turnaround for the the knowledgeable staff to finish it—you can either pick it up in-store, or they can ship it to you. Ceramix 101 ... More

T: 219-531-6536 | W: View Website

Chicago Street Theatre

If you enjoy magnificent live performances that stretch the boundaries of art, you’ll love Chicago Street Theatre. Its stadium- style seating holds 130 people, and the players offer nine productions each year from comedies and dramas to musicals and family shows. Oh, yeah—this theatre has ... More

T: 219-464-1636 | W: View Website

Cinemark 12 at Valparaiso

Sometimes there’s nothing more enjoyable (and relaxing) than catching the latest hot flick on the big screen. Grab your favorite treat from the concession stand and settle in at one of the 12 screens to enjoy a hit Hollywood blockbuster.

T: 219-464-0260 | W: View Website

Holly Jackson Art Studio and Gallery

Holly Jackson Art Studio and Gallery

Fall in love with Indiana Dunes Country all over again at Holly Jackson Art Studio & Gallery. The eponymous artist’s vivid, contemporary pieces are reminiscent of cheerful Van Goghs and bring the area to life in an eye-catching way. While you’re browsing the gallery, be sure to take some ... More

T: 219-926-8290 | W: View Website

Imaginations Unlimited Inc

Paint your own ceramics, take classes, buy supplies or buy unique gifts.

T: 219-464-4647 

Imagine Beads

Stop in and create a masterpiece at this bead store. Kids and adults will enjoy picking out beads and turning them into a necklace, bracelet or other work of art.

T: 219-299-2270 | W: View Website

King Hobbies and Raceway

King Hobbies and Raceway

This hobby shop sells and services radio controlled vehicles, airplanes and helicopters. And for $8 a day, you can drive your radio controlled vehicle around their 80- by 180-foot outdoor racetrack. The 680-foot-long track is reconfigured every few weeks and features a 14-foot-high drivers ... More

T: 219-299-2088  | E: info@king-hobbies.com | W: View Website

Midwest Sundowners

Attend one of the open-to-the-public radio controlled aircraft events (9am to dusk the third Saturday of the month in July, August and September) and you’ll see a miniature air show. Or, if you’re interested in trying the hobby, show up at 9am any Sunday -- that’s when they have ... More

T: 219-663-5866 | W: View Website

Portage Community Theatre

Swankify your theatre-going experience at the Portage Community Theatre. This newest addition to the theatre community performs just-off- Broadway hits. Wannabe stars can join in the fun at their held-monthly karaoke nights.

T: 219-759-1408 | W: View Website

Taltree Arboretum & Gardens

Taltree Arboretum & Gardens

The Taltree Arboretum Railway Garden is a 2.5- acre model railway garden that engages visitors in the amazing story of America’s railroads. The railway lines include: Canyon, Mining, Mountain, Prairie, Steam Passenger, Steel Mills and the South Shore Line. There’s even a 1920s-style railroad ... More

T: 219-462-0025 | W: View Website

Valparaiso University Brauer Museum of Art

Valparaiso University Brauer Museum of Art

Located in the state-of-art Center for the Arts on the Valparaiso University campus, the Brauer Museum of Art is home to a nationally recognized collection of 19th and 20th-century American art and international religious art. The museum's permanent collection, numbering more than 3,000 pieces, ... More

T: 219-464-5365 | W: View Website


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