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

Posted on Thursday, September 25th, 2014 in Activities, Events, Holiday, News, Taltree Arboretum

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

Valparaiso, IN – Go to Taltree Arboretum & Gardens October 1 through 31, 2014 for a spooky good time 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. Every weekend, guests can enjoy Sprout Express rides, … Continued

Marriage proposal just one of the touching stories along The 3 Dune Challenge trail

Posted on Friday, August 1st, 2014 in Indiana Dunes, Nature, News, Recreation

Marriage proposal just one of the touching stories along The 3 Dune Challenge trail

CHESTERTON, IN – The 3 Dune Challenge trail kicked off only a month and a half ago, but it’s already been the site of a marriage proposal, the place where a young girl celebrated the anniversary of her kidney transplant and many other stories. Since the June 12 kickoff, more than 800 people from across … Continued

Explore National Lakeshore with Passport to the Dunes

Posted on Thursday, July 31st, 2014 in Activities, Beyond the Beach Discovery Trail, Indiana Dunes, Nature, News, Recreation

Explore National Lakeshore with Passport to the Dunes

INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE: Discover some of the hidden treasures of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore through a new Passport to the Dunes program. With so many different access points, it can be difficult to find all of this national park’s special places. The passport helps guide visitors on an adventure of discovery to nine park … Continued

The day I conquered The 3 Dune Challenge

Posted on Thursday, July 17th, 2014 in Activities, Beyond the Beach Discovery Trail, Indiana Dunes, Nature, News, Recreation

The day I conquered The 3 Dune Challenge

I had to complete The 3 Dune Challenge. My job depended on it. I would be in big trouble if I couldn’t tackle the 1.5 mile course at Indiana Dunes State Park, climbing Mount Jackson (elevation 176 feet), Mount Holden (184 feet), and Mount Tom (192 feet). These are the three highest sand dunes in … Continued

Do you think you can handle The 3 Dune Challenge?

Posted on Friday, June 13th, 2014 in Activities, Beyond the Beach Discovery Trail, Indiana Dunes, News

Do you think you can handle The 3 Dune Challenge?

Are you looking for a new challenge? Do you have what it takes to climb the three highest sand dunes in Indiana? If so, The 3 Dune Challenge is for you. To complete The 3 Dune Challenge, a person must run or hike a special 1.5 mile course at Indiana Dunes State Park, climbing Mount … Continued

Jimmy Buffett doing benefit concert for drive-ins; 49er in Valparaiso participating

Posted on Wednesday, May 28th, 2014 in Events, News

Singer Jimmy Buffett, whose hit songs like “Margaritaville” and “Cheeseburgers in Paradise” inspire his legion of “Parrothead” fans, is doing a concert that will be broadcast at and raise money for drive-in movie theaters across the nation, including the 49er Drive-In Theatre in Valparaiso. Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band will perform at Coyote Drive-In in Fort … Continued

Burger Wars begin to pick best burger in Porter County, Northern Indiana

Posted on Friday, May 16th, 2014 in Dining, Events, News

Burger Wars begin to pick best burger in Porter County, Northern Indiana

Burger Wars, a bracket-style contest to crown the best burgers in Porter County, kicks off at noon on Friday, May 16. The Epic Eight, identified as having the best burgers in the county through social media mentions and surveys, will battle head-to-head until a winner is crowned. Porter County’s Epic Eight are: Burgerhaus, Valparaiso; Franklin … Continued

Indiana Dunes Tourism presents R.O.S.E. Awards

Posted on Thursday, May 8th, 2014 in Events, News

Indiana Dunes Tourism, the official tourism bureau of Porter County, on Thursday honored two dozen businesses, organizations and individuals for their outstanding service. The R.O.S.E. (Recognition of Service Excellence) Awards recognize those who provide excellent service or otherwise go the extra mile to make Porter County a great place for visitors and residents alike to … Continued

Music, and more music!

Posted on Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 in Activities, Events, News, Uncategorized

There are some awesome concerts planned for later this week and this summer that we are excited to tell you about. But first, Valparaiso was fortunate to have the U.S. Air Force Concert Band and the Singing Sergeants in town on Monday. Indiana Dunes Tourism met a busload of musicians in downtown during the afternoon, providing … Continued

Indiana Dunes Tourism, Town of Porter win award for trail

Posted on Monday, March 31st, 2014 in News

Indiana Dunes Tourism, Town of Porter win award for trail

The DNR Division of State Parks & Reservoirs recently honored  Indiana Dunes Tourism and the Town of Porter for leadership in connecting Indiana Dunes State Park to the South Shore commuter train station with the Dunes-Kankakee Trail. Indiana Dunes State Park Property Manager Brandt Baughman nominated the tourism agency and the town for the award. … Continued

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