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Discover great attractions that inspire your passion

Vacation is about discovery. It’s about that unexpected moment when you discover something that really excites you. Maybe it’s taking a tour of a renowned baseball bat factory. Or indulging yourself from head to toe at the spa. Maybe it’s laughing yourself sick playing putt-putt golf with the kids and your mother. Or enjoying an educational wagon ride through the paddocks of a Bison Ranch. Explore our list of inspired attractions and discover something for yourself.

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

Anderson's Vineyard & Winery

Anderson's Vineyard & Winery

Winner of local and national winemaking competitions, this family owned vineyard offers free wine tasting of more than 20 different wines. Since 1927, the Anderson family has grown fruit in the Valparaiso area, and they established their estate winery in 1994. Anderson's winery specializes in ... More

T: 219-464-4936  | E: wineryandersons@gmail.com | 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

Bailly Homestead and Chellberg Farm

Bailly Homestead and Chellberg Farm

These two historic sites sit nearly side-by-side within the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Honore Gratien Joseph Bailly de Messein, the first known non-native resident of northwest Indiana, set up a fur trading post here in 1822. The main house has been restored to its 1917 appearance and is ... More

T: 219-395-1882 | W: View Website

Beverly Shores Museum & Art Gallery

Beverly Shores Museum & Art Gallery

This tiny, pink stucco museum pays homage to the town’s history and groundbreaking architec- ture. It’s also the spot where you can catch the only inter-urban train line in Indiana Dunes Coun- try. While you’re waiting for your train, check out the intimate gallery—an ever-rotating ... More

T: 219-878-1517 

Broken Wagon Bison Farm

Broken Wagon Bison Farm

Get up close and personal with our country’s largest native land mammal at this bison farm. At this family-owned farm, you can take a wagon tour and meet a herd of more than 70 American Bison. Afterward, purchase a variety of bison meat products and gifts.

T: 219-759-3523  | E: bwbison@hotmail.com | W: View Website

Butler Winery

Butler Winery

Wine tasting room where you can taste wine, buy wine, check out our selection of wine accessories and pick up a few brewing and wine making supplies too!

T: 219-929-1400  | E: chesterton@butlerwinery.com | W: View Website

Century of Progress Homes

Century of Progress Homes

The Century of Progress Homes, originally constructed for the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair, were built to demonstrate modern architectural design, experimental materials and new technologies like air conditioning and dishwashers. Drive or walk past them year- round, or take a look inside during ... More

T: 219-395-1882 | 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

Chesterton and Porter Walking Tours

Visit Westchester Township History Museum/The Brown Mansion to pick up walking tour guides for Chesterton ($1) or Porter (free; east and west side guides available). The museum also offers an excellent guide to area museums. Among the historic structures you can walk past on the Chesterton tour ... More

T: 219-983-9715 | 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

Countryside Park and Alton Goin Museum

Countryside Park and Alton Goin Museum

This museum, located inside Countryside Park and operated by the Portage Community Historical Society, houses many cultural artifacts from the Portage region. Nearby stands the historic Trager farmhouse and outbuildings. Enjoy a walk through the park after learning about the area’s history.

T: 219-762-8349 | W: View Website

Cowles Bog

Cowles Bog

Don't miss the chance to see Cowles Bog, one of the great natural areas in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Remnant of a once-widespread wetland system, Cowles Bog encompasses a marsh surrounding a small fen, where a stand of tamaracks and white pines grows on a floating mat of peat moss. ... More

T: 219-395-1882 | W: View Website

DonnAir Aviation

To enhance your Indiana Dunes trip, enjoy a relaxing one-hour flight over the dunes and the rest of Indiana Dunes Country. Begin your journey at Porter County Regional Airport, where both DonnAir Aviation offers one-hour flights.

T: 219-548-8866 | W: View Website

Downtown Valparaiso Walking Tours

Downtown Valparaiso Walking Tours

Take a spin through the architectural history of Valparaiso on one of eight walking tours. See elegant and unique houses on Washington Street, linger at the boutiques and bistros on Lincolnway and marvel at the impressive Courthouse Square. Visit http://ci.valparaiso.in.us/index.aspx?NID=224 to ... More

T: 219-462-1161 | W: View Website

Eagle Aircraft

Eagle Aircraft

Enjoy the Indiana Dunes from a different vantage point. Embark on an exciting one-hour flight exploring the Indiana Dunes with a certified flight instructor at Eagle Aircraft next to the Porter County Airport in Valparaiso. See Eagle's website for package information.

T: 219-464-0132 | 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

Hoosier Bat Company

Hoosier Bat Company

Hoosier Bat is the third-largest manufacturer of regulation-quality wood bats in the world—and probably the only place where you can touch a bat destined for a major-league swinger. Take their guided tour and you’ll get to see bats being manufactured right in front of your eyes. In the gift ... More

T: 219-531-1006 | 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

Lampshades by Delores

Lampshades by Delores

Custom lampshades for your decor or hard to match bases. Supplier for several hotel chains.

T: 219-477-4991 

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

Mount Baldy

Mount Baldy

THIS SITE IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED. The view from Mount Baldy is spectacular and there is access to the beautiful shoreline, but beach goers will NEED TO HIKE to get to the beach and there are no lifeguards. At roughly 125 feet tall, Mount Baldy is the largest "living" dune in Indiana Dunes ... More

T: 219-395-1882 | W: View Website

Ogden Gardens Park

Ogden Gardens Park

Ogden Gardens boasts four acres of manicured flower gardens beautifully landscaped with annuals, perennials, roses, shrubs, and trees. A network of pathways traverse the garden, past streams, bridges, pond, and a tea house. For a small fee, visitors can rent a wooden gazebo in the gardens that's ... More

T: 219-462-5144 | 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

Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk

Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk

"In October 2004, the National Park Service purchased this 57-acre lakefront site on the shores of Lake Michigan. Formerly an industrial site for National Steel, this new lakefront site opened in November 2008. Managed jointly by the National Park Service and the City of Portage, this area of ... More

T: 219-395-1882 | W: View Website

Porter County Museum

Porter County Museum

Once the sheriff’s residence and local jail, the Porter County Museum is now home to North- ern Indiana’s largest collection of area history and treasures. Exhibits are displayed through- out the building and change often—because they’re always finding new artifacts, every trip is a ... More

T: 219-465-3595  | E: info@portercountymuseum.org | W: View Website

Seven Peaks Water Park Duneland

Seven Peaks Water Park Duneland

Splash around at the most exciting water park around. Seven Peaks Waterpark Duneland, located just outside of the Indiana Dunes, features attractions like Rocky Mountain Beach, Canyon River, Mudslide Gorge, Cave-In, Flash Flood, Rapid Ravine, Avalanche, Shotgun Falls, Tadpole Pond, Adventure ... More

T: 801-377-4386  | E: info.duneland@sevenpeaks.com | W: View Website

Stagecoach Inn & Panhandle Depot

Stagecoach Inn & Panhandle Depot

Open from June through September, the Stage Coach Inn and Panhandle Depot are museums for the Hebron Historical Society. The Stage Coach Inn is a saltbox style house, built in 1849, that has variously served as an inn, residence, post office, and museum over the years. Several rooms within the ... More

T: 219-996-3192 

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

The Illiana Garden Railroad Society at Samuelson's Nursery

Train enthusiasts! Grab your conductor’s hat and imagination and head to the large-scale miniature train diorama at Samuelson’s Nursery. It’s a setting straight out of Americana, with baseball fields, farmland, a gold mine and an industrial switchyard. The 2,000-square-foot display ... More

T: 219-462-6924 | W: View Website

Valparaiso Fire Museum

The museum offers a fascinating view of fire- fighting from the age of leather buckets to the modern era of gasoline fire trucks. Guided tours of the museum and adjoining Task Force Tips fire suppression equipment company available. Call to reserve a group tour.

T: 219-462-6161 | 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

Valparaiso University Chapel of the Resurrection

Valparaiso University Chapel of the Resurrection

The Chapel is one of the largest collegiate chapels in the U.S.  Dedicated in 1959, it seats 2,000 people and has 94-foot high stained glass windows.   There are ten services weekly.

T: 219-464-5093 | W: View Website

Valpo Velvet Ice Cream

Valpo Velvet Ice Cream

For more than 60 years, Valpo Velvet ice cream has been the stuff sweet-lovers’ dreams are made of. Join the tradition at their colorful and funky shop (you can’t miss it—it’s the building painted with the multicolored cows), which serves not only ice cream, but made-on-site sandwiches, ... More

T: 219-464-4141 | W: View Website

Westchester Township History Museum

Westchester Township History Museum

Victorian era gardens welcome visitors to the elegant 1885 Brown Mansion, which houses the works of Northern Porter County artists and exhibits that detail the history of the area and saving the Indiana Dunes. Don't miss the exhibit that tells the story of the Prairie Club, one of the nation's ... More

T: 219-983-9715  | E: museum@wpl.lib.in.us | W: View Website

Wolf Mansion

Several times each year, Wolf Mansion, a private residence on the National Register of Historic Places, opens for tours. And throughout the year, the home also hosts groups of 20 or more that want to have a party or event there. The mansion, built in 1875 by Josephus Wolf, required the labor of 3... More

T: 219-364-8102 | W: View Website

Zao Island Amusement Center

Zao Island Amusement Center

It’s an adventureland for grown-ups and kids alike: Two miniature golf courses, go-carts, bumper cars, game room, batting cages, a giant slide...there’s even an on-site pizzeria if you get hungry or just need a break from the action. (And while the kids are running around burning off energy, ... More

T: 219-462-1194 | W: View Website