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Rediscover the simple pleasure of the outdoors

Getting outdoors just feels great. That’s a good thing because there’s no shortage of outdoors in Indiana Dunes Country. Splish, splash and sun on one of our ten swimmable beaches. Try your hand at kite flying, sand castle building, frisbee or volleyball. Explore the 15,000 acres of beach woods, marshes and prairie of the National Lakeshore. Hike into the Dunes Nature Preserve and surrender to pristine, natural landscapes. Catch up on your birding in our unique haven that welcomes an unusually high diversity of birds as they travel south for the winter. Take to the lake and cast your cares away as you spend a relaxing day reeling in that evening’s fish dinner.

Alyea Park

Playground equipment, tennis courts, basketball courts, and picnic shelters available.

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American Guide Service

Charter fisherman on Lake Michigan; departing from Portage Marina.

T: 219-331-4977 

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

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Bases Loaded

This indoor sports practice facility can accommodate individuals and teams with batting cages, an open practice area for several sports, lessons, and strength/conditioning classes.

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Bass Pro Shops

Bass Pro Shops

Bass Pro Shop is one-of-a-kind in every way. Located right off Interstate 94, it’s the ultimate outdoorsman’s dream! They sell fishing equipment, boats and boating accessories, camping supplies, ATV/UTV, hunting equipment, hunting clothing, men's clothing, ladies clothing, shoes and boots, ... More

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Blastcamp Paintball & Airsoft

Blastcamp Paintball & Airsoft

Built on a former army base with 28 acres of bunkers, trenches, buildings and radar towers, this is hands-down the best paintball range in the Chicagoland area. There’s open play on weekends, and during the week groups can make reservations and rent the whole place for a private game. And here... More

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Blythe's Sporting Goods and Shooting Range

Blythe's Sporting Goods and Shooting Range

Unleash your inner sharpshooter at this indoor gun range. Everyone on staff is a hard-core enthusiast, so they’ll be able to answer any and all questions you shoot their way. Ammunition, targets and hearing protection are available on site.

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Brincka-Cross Gardens

Brincka-Cross Gardens

Beautiful Brincka-Cross Gardens opened to the public for the first time in 2010. William Brincka, professor at the Art Institute of Chicago, put his artistry to work when he designed the 3.9 acres of gardens on this 25-acre site. The gardens hold 40 varieties of magnolias and 40 varieties of ... More

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Brother Nature Fishing Adventures

Offering charter fishing on Lake Michigan. Departing from Portage.

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Calumet Bike Trail

Calumet Bike Trail

Bike, hike, or ski this 9.1- mile gravel trail, which skirts the southern boundaries of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and Indiana Dunes State Park from Cowles Bog to Mount Baldy. Prairie habitat lines the trail, and late-summer wildflowers—like cardinal flowers, blazing stars, asters, ... More

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Camelot Bowling Center/Sportplex

Get ready for some high-octane, adrenaline-fueled fun at this tricked-out sportsplex. Go bowling, shoot some pool at the billiards tables, play games in the arcade or grab some food at their on-site pizzeria.

T: 219-762-8558 

Central Avenue Beach Access

Central Avenue Beach Access

A unique beach you can access by paved road or wooded trail. Here, you can see a buried forest created by wind-blown sands. Nearby, you can access the Calumet Bike Trail. Nearby, you can access the northeast end of the Calumet Bike Trail. This 9.1-mile gravel trail passes flower-filled fields, ... More

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Central Park Lighted Driving Range

Practice your stroke at this open-day-or-night facility. Bring your own clubs, get a bucket of golf balls (small or medium) and swing, swing, swing away. The facility is open every day, weather permitting.

T: 219-762-4653 

Chesterton Park/Friendship Land Park

These two parks, located next to each other, feature a baseball field, tennis and basketball courts, a large playground, restrooms and a shelter.

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Chesterton Skate Park

Chesterton Skate Park

Grab your board and hit this skate park!

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Chustak Public Fishing Area

Chustak Public Fishing Area

This 76-acre public fishing area offers access to Salt Creek, where you’ll find excellent small-stream trout and salmon fishing as fish leave Lake Michigan and head upstream on seasonal spawning runs. For non-anglers, the site provides a narrow trail that follows Salt Creek’s meanderings ... More

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CMS Marine

On a hot summer day (or really any day at all), nothing beats power boating out onto Lake Michigan for an afternoon of watery fun. Sound good? Hit up CMS Marine - they'll rent you a United States Coast Guard-equipped powerboat and get you on your way. Just make sure you have a reservation.

T: 219-508-3195 

Coffee Creek Park

Coffee Creek Park

Located next to the historic Chesterton business district, Coffee Creek Park protects a small lovely oasis of natural habitat—a good place to view wildlife or take the kids to enjoy the playground. A boardwalk trail passes through songbird-rich riparian woodlands that border Coffee Creek and ... More

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Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve

Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve

This beautiful 167-acre preserve showcases an inspiring and aesthetically stunning marriage of nature and culture. The natural landscape includes a mix of restored prairie, creek, wetlands, and woodlands. Preserve planners have added human infrastructure to that natural setting and have done so ... More

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Countryside Park and Alton Goin Museum

Countryside Park and Alton Goin Museum

This 33-acre park site is located in the southwestern part of the City, along U.S. 6 just east of County Line Road. The Prairie Duneland Trail passes along the southern boundary of the park. Countryside Park is most recognized as the home of the Portage Historical Society and the Alton Goin ... More

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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

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Creekside Golf Course & Training Center

Whether you’re a beginning golfer or a veteran hitter looking for a more intimate green experi- ence, Creekside Golf Course has two different courses perfectly suited to your needs. Each pristine, manicured course has different tee boxes for different skill levels. If the weather isn’t ... More

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Deer Trail Park

Deer Trail Park

This small park, opened in 2007, offers many recreational activities, including hiking, cross-country skiing, and fishing on the Little Calumet River. The City of Portage Park Department did extensive restoration work at this site, removing non-native plants from the forest understory. Along the ... More

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Dogwood Park

Dogwood Park

Dogwood Park is located at the corner of 23rd St & 1100 N. Amenities include playground, softball fields, volleyball court, restrooms, basketball courts, 5 outdoor shelters, soccer fields, and horseshoe pits. Adult softball leagues held here every summer and fall.

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Doyne's Marine

Doyne's Marine

Offering boat storage, docks and boat launching onto Lake Michigan.

T: 219-762-7622 

Duck Creek Golf Course

This 18-hole, par-70 course has a sneaky secret: the front nine play like many public courses, but the back nine kick it up a notch with an ex- tremely challenging group of greens. It’s definitely worth the trip south to play this hidden gem of a course.

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Dunbar Beach Access

Dunbar Beach Access

Parking is limited at this prime spot near the Lake View Picnic Area and the historic Century of Progress homes. A beautiful beach in a residential neighborhood where there are no lifeguards.

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Duneland Family YMCA

This outdoor pool is open from June to August, and people can purchase a day pass for $2 (senior), $5 (youth), $8 (adult) or $15 (family).

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Dunewood Campground

Dunewood Campground

The campground is just over a mile south of Lake Michigan and offers modern accessible restroom and showers and wooded sites. It is first-come, first-served.

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Dunn's Bridge County Park

Dunn's Bridge County Park

Legend has it that this beautiful and unusual bridge was built with steel salvaged from the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois. Local lore has it that the metal arches came from the world&&s first Ferris Wheel, which debuted at that exposition. Whatever the source of its ... More

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Flounder Skate Park at Rogers-Lakewood Park

Flounder Skate Park at Rogers-Lakewood Park is a 15,000 square foot outdoor park with four and six-foot quarter pipes, street spines, mini spine, pyramid, fun box and grind rails.

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Forest Park

Forest Park

Though Forest Park is just ten acres in size, it's a lovely spot for a stroll or a family picnic. Oak and hickory dominate the woodlands here. You can wander along trails through two acres of oak savanna restoration, carried out by the park department. Removing non-native plants from the ... More

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Forest Park Municipal Golf Course

Forest Park Municipal Golf Course

Forest Park Golf Course is a challenging 18-hole golf course with vistas, woods and a layout that players of all abilities will enjoy. The course has been consistently honored as one of the best public courses in Northwest Indiana. But that’s not all. In the winter, the golf course perimeter ... More

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Foundation Meadows Park

Foundation Meadows Park

Foundation Meadows showcases the efforts of the Valparaiso Department of Parks and Recreation to restore prairie and wetland ecosystems that existed on these 20 acres before it was converted to farming. A mowed path leads through a prairie meadow, where you'll find beautiful wildflowers during ... More

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Glenwood Dune Trail

Glenwood Dune Trail

The name “Ly-co-ki-we” is said to mean “sandy ground” in the Miami Indian language, so you can guess what you’ll encounter on this 6.4-mile trail. Several cutoff trails offer shorter loop alternatives. The main trail crosses ancient beach dunes, which mark the shores of an earlier and ... More

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Great Marsh Trail

The newest trail in the national lakeshore is a birder’s paradise. Just a short stroll to an accessible observation platform provides a great view of this recently restored wetland. Wading birds like herons and egrets and song birds such as warblers and red-winged black birds are again ... More

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Gump's Dugout

Practice America’s favorite sport at this hands- on facility. Get private lessons in hitting, pitching, throwing or catching for baseball and softball. You can practice as an individual, or sign up your entire team for some group instruction.

T: 219-766-3109 

Hawthorne Park

Hawthorne Park

Hawthorne Park offers a peaceful, well-maintained place to stop, stretch, and enjoy a picnic. In the developed portion of the park, you'll find picnic shelters, sports fields, a disc golf course, playground, and a community center. The park borders a riparian woodland, through which the Little ... More

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Hebron Ice Rink

Strap on your blades and twirl around this outdoor skating rink. It opens for the season as soon as the ice has frozen to a minimum of 4 inches, and stays open as long as weather permits—call the town hall or visit the website to find out if the rink will be open during your stay. Cost: Free. ... More

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Hebron Lanes

Tie on your bowling shoes, grab a ball and hit the alleys at this 16-lane bowling alley in Hebron. Hebron Lanes has been in the area for generations, so you'll see all ages hitting the lanes. Enjoy a slice at the attached Bronko's Pizza, and for the 21-and-older crowd, the bar serves good (and ... More

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Heron Rookery trail

Heron Rookery trail

For more than 60 years, herons nested here along Little Calumet River. Though the heron rookery is no longer active, the 1.6-mile trail is a good spot for viewing other bird species. The oak savanna habitat near the abandoned rookery is also home to Karner blue butterflies, federally listed as ... More

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Hot Tomolly Luxury Yacht Charters

Hot Tomolly Luxury Yacht Charters

Enjoy Lake Michigan on Hot Tomolly, a fully-crewed 76-foot Lazzara motor yacht. Available for private charter on southern Lake Michigan, the yacht can embark from a variety of locations. Enjoy fireworks, air shows, boat races, parties and more from this luxury yacht.

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Imagination Glen Park

Imagination Glen Park

Home to softball and soccer fields as well as the professional level Outback Trail mountain biking trail. Plays host each year to several national and regional sporting events. Three miles of marked cross-country skiing trails ranging from beginner to advanced. No rental or on-site supervision.

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Indiana Dunes State Park

Indiana Dunes State Park

Enjoy 2,182 acres of beach, marshes, swamps, forests and dunes. It’s home to Mt. Tom, a sand dune which towers 192 feet above Lake Michigan. The park provides camping, picnicking, showers, snack bar, camp store and, in the summer, a gift shop. Interpretive programs also offered. Hike some of ... More

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Inman's Bowling and Recreation

For a family-friendly, fun-filled adventure, head to Inman's Fun and Party Center. Knock down pins on one of their 32 bowling lanes, tee up at their putt-putt course or take a spin on their go-cart track. If you want to jazz it up, do their glow-in-the-dark Cosmic Bowl, complete with laser ... More

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Jasper Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area

Jasper Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area

This gem of a wildlife area conserves 8,062 acres of wetland, upland, and woodland habitat, providing an ideal stopover for migratory birds. Beginning in August, sandhill cranes, Canada geese, ducks, and occasionally even federally endangered whooping cranes gather here. By mid-November—peak ... More

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Kankakee Fish and Wildlife Area

Kankakee Fish and Wildlife Area

Designated an Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society, 4,199-acre Kankakee Fish and Wildlife Area is part of the Grand Kankakee Marsh region (see sidebar, page 39). A single-lane gravel road follows the levee along the south side of the Yellow River and offers excellent wildlife ... More

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Kankakee River Paddler’s Overnight Camp

This campsite is located on the Kankakee River, 1.5 miles downstream of the Yellow River DNR Public Access Site on the north bank of the river (Lat. 041° 15’ 59.71”, Long. 086°51’ 8.54”). The new campsite is intended to be the first of several free overnight campsites planned along ... More

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Kemil Road Beach Access

Kemil Road Beach Access

You’ll enjoy one of the most scenic drives in Porter County getting to the Kemil Road Beach parking lots. Then you can enjoy a nice stretch of beach or walk down to Lake View Picnic area to have a picnic or use the restroom. No lifeguards.

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Lake View Picnic Area

Lake View Picnic Area

With easy access from your car to a sitting area with a stunning view, Lake View is also a popular spot for enjoying the beach. There are no lifeguards at Lake View, but it is the only area in the national lakeshore with picnic shelters overlooking the lake. Parking is VERY limited and as a ... More

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Lakeland Park

Lakeland has lifeguard-supervised swimming, as well as fishing and rentals of rowboats and paddleboats. There's also a walking path around the lake, horseshoes, sand volleyball, basketball, playgrounds and sports fields. Entrance fee.

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Lincoln Highway Games

Game room with video games, air hockey, DDR and other games.

T: 219-462-1990 

Long Lake Public Access

Long Lake Public Access

While Long Lake is surrounded by private property it is a nice spot for angling or birding. This public access area offers a small, concrete boat launch. Motor boats are permitted, with a maximum speed of 10mph.

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Marina Shores at Dune Harbor

Launch your boat for the day or rent a slip and enjoy a heated pool, workout room, showers and more from May 1 to Oct. 15.

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Miller's Marine Center

Rent kayaks, canoes and powerboats at this marine center near Lake Michigan.

T: 219-762-8767 | W: View Website

Miller's Westerman's Marina

There's a slip waiting with your name on it at this family-owned marina. Located on Burns Waterway, with direct access to Lake Michigan, this marina provides boat slips, sales, service, storage and transport.

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Mink Lake Golf Course

Mink Lake Golf Course

Built in 1930 on the Valparaiso Moraine, this 9-hole, regulation length, walking-only golf course prides itself on being the “sportiest course in Northwest Indiana.” Take heart, enthu- siasts of all levels—this short layout has three sets of tee-boxes so even the most wee of your group ... More

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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

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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

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Outback Trail

Outback Trail

Outback Trail is a 10 mile multi-use mountain biking trail in Portage's Imagination Glen Park. Trail is available for use by hikers, bikers, runners, and birdwatchers. Three miles on the western side of Salt Creek is available for beginning/intermediate riders. Seven miles on the eastern side ... More

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Pinhook Bog

Pinhook Bog

A visit to Pinhook Bog should be on every nature-lover's itinerary. Though part of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, the bog is located several miles inland, separate from the rest of the park. Pinhook Bog is highly unique and sensitive so YOU CAN ONLY VISIT THE BOG THROUGH A SCHEDULED TOUR ... More

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Pleasant Township Pool

Stop in and swim for the day, or ask about swimming lessons or private swimming parties. The daily admission is $3.50; $2.50 after 5pm. Children under 3 years old are free. The pool, which is outdoors, is open seven days a week (weather permitting) from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

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Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk

Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk

Formerly an industrial site for National Steel, this 57-acre lakefront site opened in 2008. Managed jointly by the National Park Service and the City of Portage, this area of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore features an enclosed pavilion with an educational classroom, kitchens and restrooms, an ... More

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Portage Parks & Recreation-Iron Horse Trail

Portage Parks & Recreation-Iron Horse Trail

The Iron Horse Heritage Trail runs east-west through the City of Portage, from Imagination Glen Park East (where the Iron Horse connects with the Prairie Duneland Trail) west to Hamstrom Road). Visitors can use this paved trail by parking at Imagination Glen Park, located at 2275 McCool Road, or ... More

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Portage Public Marina

Portage Public Marina

If you've brought your boat for a spin on Lake Michigan, here's one of the places to launch it. Portage Public Marina has a public boat launch onto the lake (and it's extremely affordable - bonus!) It's also a great spot for you to bring your fishing pole and catch a big one. $10 to launch. Boat ... More

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Portage Skate Park

Portage Skate Park is 13,500 square foot outdoor skateboard park.

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Porter Beach Area

Porter Beach Area

A popular gathering spot for splashing in the water, playing beach sports and catching some rays. Bathrooms and small foot wash. Limited parking. No lifeguards.

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Prairie Duneland Trail

Prairie Duneland Trail

One of Indiana's "crown jewel" trails, the Prairie Duneland Trail traverses some of the most beautiful natural areas in the state. Abundant species of flora and fauna are to be found along the way in the unique ecosystem which gives the trail its name. Just west of State Road 149, along the ... More

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Pray Sportfishing Charters

Offering charter fishing on Lake Michigan. Departing from Portage.

T: 219-314-0060 

R-way Skate Center

It's a blast from the past to the days when roller rinks were the spot to be and everyone gathered to show off their sweet wheel skills. Open only on the weekends, this is one of the only places in the area for the simple joy of rink skating. Ankles tired? Hit the arcade or grab some chow from ... More

T: 219-759-3856 

Rainmaker Charters

Offering charter fishing on Lake Michigan. Departing from Portage.

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Rio's Indoor Golf

When the weather turns frightful, golfers will find Rio’s Indoor Golf to be delightful. Rio’s has a retail shop where you can pick up clubs and apparel. It also has two golf simulators, so you can call for a tee time and play golf in the winter. Instruction is also available.

T: 219-465-5200 

Robbinhurst Golf Club & Driving Range

Built on a pioneer estate that was settled in 1833, this full-service golf facility offers club rentals, lessons, club fitting, on-site repair, a pro shop and a fantastic 18-hole course with mature woodlands. Those who wish can hone their skills at the top-of-the-line driving range.

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Rogers Lakewood Park Disc Golf Course

Rogers Lakewood Park Disc Golf Course

This park features shore fishing, a boat launch, disc golf, a playground, walking trails, shelters and more. The disc golf course plays rolling terrain and varied landscapes, encourages beginners, yet challenges seasoned players. No additional admission for disc golf, but park gate fees apply. ... More

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Salt Creek Public Fishing Area

Salt Creek Public Fishing Area

This 75-acre public fishing area provides access to Salt Creek, where you'll find excellent small-stream trout and salmon fishing as fish leave Lake Michigan and head upstream on seasonal spawning runs. Salt Creek has notable runs of Skamania steelhead, and is popular among fly anglers. For ... More

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Schellfish Sportfishing Charters

Offering charter fishing on Lake Michigan. Departing from Portage.

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Seven Peaks Fun Center - Chesterton

The folks that operate Seven Peaks Waterpark keep the fun going year round with Seven Peaks Bowling and Fun Center. Enjoy a day of family fun with both league and open bowling, arcades, redemption prizes, great tasting food, party packages and so much more. They offer the best in family ... More

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South Shore Marina

Offering boat slips, storage and service. With its knowledgeable and dedicated personnel, South Shore Marina strives to provide its customers with the best products and services possible while maintaining a valued level of customer service.

T: 219-762-2304 | W: View Website

Steel Wheels BMX Track

Indiana's only American Bicycle Association-sanctioned and designed outdoor track is the site of statewide and national competitive chapionship racing for youth and adults.  The facility includes a dirt-racing track, concession area, announcing tower, staging area and finish line.  Open to the ... More

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Taltree Arboretum & Gardens

Taltree Arboretum & Gardens

Taltree is formal gardens, ancient prairie, restored wetland and preserved woodland with 3 + miles of hiking trails. Programming includes summer concert series, Art in the Garden, annual Gala, Taltree Tails, and Harvest Fest as well as educational opportunities on topics relating to nature, art ... More

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The Brassie Golf Club

The Brassie Golf Club

Tee off at this semi-private, must-play 18-hole championship course. Designed by architect Jim Fazio, the link-style greens require accurate reading, a steady hand and laser-sharp focus. After you’ve played the back nine, relax at the patio of the snack bar or pick up some new equipment in the ... More

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The Course at Aberdeen

Golf enthusiasts, take note: this is currently the only public-play golf course in Northwest Indiana to receive a 5-star rating from Chicagoland Golf. Designed by Dr. Michael Hurdzan, this 72-par course has been designed so that every hole is distinct and unique—which means every tee-off ... More

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The Courts of Northwest Indiana

The Courts of Northwest Indiana

Keep your game skills on the cutting edge at the biggest gym center in the area. Basketball courts, tennis courts, outdoor sand volleyball, batting cages, a concession stand—it’s the best place to be if you want to burn off energy playing your favorite game.

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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

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Thomas Centennial Park

This park has a gazebo and picnic tables, and it is home to many festivals and events like summer movies.

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Tolleston Dunes Trail

Tolleston Dunes Trail

In just 2.6 miles, this trail in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore traverses a number of different, beautiful, and wildlife-rich habitats, including black oak savanna, Tolleston Dunes, and remnants of the Great Marsh. Black oak savanna along the trail hosts plenty of wild lupine—the sole ... More

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Tremont Picnic Area

Enjoy a picnic under a picnic shelter at this wooded picnic area and watch the trains go by. This picnic area has picnic tables and restrooms.

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Triple Crown Valparaiso Baseball & Softball Training Center

Teams or individuals can work out, hone their baseball and softball skills and receive private lessons at this facility. Private hitting, pitching or catching instruction provided by instructors who have played at either the college or professional level -- like Lloyd McClendon. Walk in hours ... More

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Triplecatch Charters

Offering charter fishing on Lake Michigan. Departing from Portage.

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Valparaiso YMCA

Enjoy this new YMCA’s indoor swimming and other activities for the day for $7 (youth), $10 (high school), $15 (adult) or $20 (family). See the website or call for the open swim and pool schedule.

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Valplayso Park

A great playground where kids can spend hours climbing, sliding, crawling and running. Restrooms and picnic areas available.

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Woodland Park

Woodland Park

Woodland Park is a 64-acre regional park that is the center of the Portage Park System. It houses the Community Center, featuring banquet halls, park administrative offices, a gymnasium, and a variety of meeting rooms as well as an abundance of resources for leisure and recreation participation. ... More

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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

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Zona Wildlife Sanctuary

Zona Wildlife Sanctuary

Stretch your legs at this 92-acre woodland preserve. A short figure-eight trail of less than one mile creates a scenic route through the forest. The sanctuary is a great spot to see spring wildflowers, summer nesting birds, fall colors, and wildlife tracks in winter snow.

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Photograph Copyright: Christine Livingston