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THE MONARCH STORY

Learn how you can help these amazing insects.

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Dare to be different. Embrace the Dunes.

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PETS WELCOME

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FLOWER QUEST

How many flowers can you discover?

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There’s So Much Waiting To Be DISCOVERED

The Official Indiana Dunes Travel Guide

We’re more than just a pretty place. We’re 9,000 years of indigenous culture. A home away from home for centuries of European immigrants. An emblem of pioneering spirit and a seat of industrial innovation. We’ve been shaped by glaciers and defined by our dunes, but what you’ll find here on the south shore of Lake Michigan is beyond anything you could imagine. Stunning scenery, tight-knit communities, and thousands of acres of adventure-filled wilderness. You may not know this version of the Indiana Dunes, but you will soon.

Discover Our Shores

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Tales from the Dunes

The Indiana Dunes Blog

Did you know the Indiana Dunes has a 15-mile coastline with sandy beaches, more than 70 miles of hiking trails and more than 350 species of birds? Explore the latest and greatest tales from the dunes.

Plants and Wildlife

If Monarch Wings Could Talk

The state of a monarch’s wings in the fall tells us a lot about what is in store for that particular butterfly in the months ahead. 

Plants and Wildlife

Nature Notes: Stem Research

But the great thing is that sometimes we learn more when we don’t know what a plant or animal is named. It causes us to look deeper and harder at…

Plants and Wildlife

Hoary Vervain: A Crowd Pleasing Wildflower

Hoary vervain grows in dry, sandy, or gravely soils in oak savannas and in prairies. This wildflower has a particular fondness for growing along…

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A convenient stay located near downtown? What about a country retreat heaped in Old World charm? Or a place you can bring your four-legged friend? Your unique getaway deserves a distinct accommodation.