Beverly Shores, Burns Harbor, Dune Acres, Ogden Dunes, The Pines
The Indiana Dunes is home to several lakefront communities that can only be described as simply authentic! These aren’t your typical cookie-cutter tourist towns. Each community has its own local flavor.
The lakefront communities are known for their beautiful vistas, scenic lake view sites, and amazing architectural structures. The most recognizable historic sites are the Century of Progress Homes, relocated “homes of the future” from the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair in Beverly Shores. These amazing homes are now a part of the Indiana Dunes National Park, and you can see them by walking or driving down Lakefront Drive.
If you’re looking for a quieter beach setting, head to Ogden Dunes. The nearby West Beach is part of the Indiana Dunes National Park and offers incredible hiking and beach activities throughout the year, and you can even go cross-country skiing in the fall!
In Burns Harbor, visitors can enjoy fishing and outdoor sports on the Little Calumet River. Lakeland Park is also a great place for fishing, paddling, and outdoor other green activities.
The lakefront communities are bordered by the Indiana Dunes National Park, a picturesque backdrop of year-round outdoor adventures. Did you know that the Indiana Dunes is one of the only places in the world with singing sand? The quartz-rich sands left by glaciers during the last Ice Age actually make a sound when you walk on them!
With fantastic beaches and gorgeous flora and fauna in the spring and summer, magnificent colorful drives in the fall, and other-worldly shelf-ice in the winter, you’ll discover the magic of our lakefront communities no matter the season.
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Discover the Indiana Dunes Lakefront Communities:
- Check out the iconic Beverly Shores train station, which is also home to the Beverly Shores Museum and Art Gallery Enjoy, as well as great hiking and bird watching along the Great Marsh Trail in Beverly Shores.
- Have a picnic along Lake Front Drive at the Lake View Picnic Area, then walk onto the beach to sand and water for miles.
- Learn the history of the Century of Progress Homes, which were built for the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair and then transported to Beverly Shores.
- Enjoy five-hour braised pot roast, parmesan encrusted whitefish, and gourmet macaroni and cheese in the funky, totally casual Bartlett’s Gourmet Grill & Tavern in Beverly Shores.