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Plenty of fun events in Indiana Dunes Country

Posted on Thursday, January 9th, 2014 in Activities, Events, News

Plenty of fun events in Indiana Dunes Country

Even in the winter, there are still plenty of fun outdoor activities in Indiana Dunes Country. At Indiana Dunes State Park in Chesterton, adventure seekers can find their thrill sledding nearly 100 feet down Devil’s Slide, and nature enthusiasts can enjoy 16 miles of snow-laden trails that are perfect for hiking, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. … Continued

The snow is here! It’s time to get outside and play

Posted on Friday, January 3rd, 2014 in Activities, Dining, News, Uncategorized

The snow is here! It’s time to get outside and play

A nice blanket of snow is now covering Indiana Dunes Country. Do you know what that means? It means the time is right for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, sledding and other winter fun at The Indiana Dunes and surrounding areas. Skiing enthusiasts will find miles of trails through a variety of terrain. Just be sure to … Continued

December events at Dunes State Park, plus sandhill cranes at Jasper-Pulaski

Posted on Monday, December 2nd, 2013 in Activities, Events

December events at Dunes State Park, plus sandhill cranes at Jasper-Pulaski

There are some great events going on this month at Indiana Dunes State Park, and this is also a great time of year to see the sandhill cranes at Jasper-Pulaski Fish & Wildlife Area. Here’s a glimpse of some of the events going on this month at Dunes State Park: – Bring the little ones … Continued

Winter events planned at Indiana Dunes, Taltree Arboretum

Posted on Monday, November 25th, 2013 in Activities, Uncategorized

Winter events planned at Indiana Dunes, Taltree Arboretum

Looking for something fun to do? Check out these great winter events: *Taltree Arboretum & Gardens Holiday Lights/Polar Express The Holiday Lights event held every Friday and Saturday night between Thanksgiving and Christmas is a winter celebration of solar power. Taltree’s prairie will come to life at night utilizing solar-powered LED lights and fiber optics. … Continued

Popcorn Festival, Taltree Arboretum, VU named to Top 10 lists

Posted on Tuesday, November 12th, 2013 in Activities, Events

Popcorn Festival, Taltree Arboretum, VU named to Top 10 lists

Three Indiana Dunes Country fall favorites have been named among the “Best of Indiana” for Family Fun, Signature Food Item, and College Football Game Day Tradition. The Haunted Railroad & Fall Festival at Taltree Arboretum, Valparaiso’s Popcorn Festival, and Valparaiso University Football gained Top 10 status on the Indiana Office of Tourism Development’s website – www.VisitIndiana.com. Popcorn Festival placed … Continued

Dunes State Park events, closings

Posted on Monday, November 4th, 2013 in Activities

Dunes State Park events, closings

Although the campground and beach have emptied out, this is actually a great time to explore Indiana Dunes State Park. There are  no mosquitoes, no ticks, and the fall color is still holding on strong. Make some time to visit Indiana Dunes State Park and enjoy all that November has to offer! Here’s a glimpse … Continued

A Night of Edgar Allan Poe

Posted on Thursday, October 10th, 2013 in Activities, Events, Holiday

A Night of Edgar Allan Poe

Saturday, October 26, come to Taltree Arboretum & Gardens for an evening of radio-style, terrifying tales by candlelight. Enjoy coffee and dessert while listening to these great dark and moody classics – The Pit and the Pendulum, The Raven, and The Masque of the Red Death. These auto-classics are read by legendary British actor Basil Rathbone, famed for his 1920s-1960s … Continued

J.D Marshall Nature Preserve dedicated

Posted on Monday, September 30th, 2013 in Activities, Events

J.D Marshall Nature Preserve dedicated

The J.D. Marshall, a ship that sank in Lake Michigan more than 100 years ago, was dedicated at Indiana Dunes State Park today as the Department of Natural Resources’ first nature preserve of its kind. The new nature preserve in Porter County consists of 100 acres in the lake, 600 yards offshore from the park. … Continued

Taltree Arboretum & Gardens’ Haunted Railroad & Fall Festival begins October 1

Posted on Wednesday, September 25th, 2013 in Activities, Events, Holiday

Taltree Arboretum & Gardens’ Haunted Railroad & Fall Festival begins October 1

By Taltree Arboretum Valparaiso, IN – Go to Taltree Arboretum & Gardens October 1 through 31 for a spooky good time and to celebrate the fall season. The Haunted Railroad & Fall Festival, a family friendly event, features a haunted railway garden of ghost conductors, skeleton passengers, spiders, and haunted houses. Each Friday night through … Continued

End of summer? I think not!

Posted on Wednesday, September 4th, 2013 in Activities, Dining, Events

End of summer? I think not!

By Ken Kosky Indiana Dunes Tourism Now that Labor Day weekend is in the rear view mirror, you might be thinking that summer is over and the fun activities are ending. The fun is actually just beginning. Saturday is Valparaiso Popcorn Festival in downtown Valparaiso. I’ll be running in the Popcorn Panic 5 mile run, … Continued

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