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Top Things to Do in the Indiana Dunes Parks

Nestled along the southern shore of Lake Michigan, the Indiana Dunes are a national treasure. The Indiana Dunes National Park and State Park offer something for everyone—hiking scenic trails, relaxing on beautiful beaches, immersing yourself in historical sites, and exploring diverse habitats for…

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West Beach – Indiana Dunes

Located on the southernmost tip of Lake Michigan, West Beach is a popular and unique public beach with a collection of hiking trails. Part of the Indiana Dunes National Park, West Beach is a stone’s throw from Gary and Portage, Indiana, and an accessible 45-minute drive from Chicago, making it ideal…

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Side by Side—A History of Sand and Steel

The Indiana Dunes is a 2,000-acre state park surrounded by an even larger national park, encompassing 15,000 acres of beaches, prairies, wetlands, savannas, and forests. The dunes, which are essentially massive mounds of sand reaching nearly 200 feet high, were formed when glaciers passed through…

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Top Festivals in the Indiana Dunes

Discover the vibrant scenery of the Indiana Dunes Region through our diverse festivals! Experience maple sugar activities, bird watching, celebratory fireworks, music, food, and more! Maple Sugar Time Festival Do you relish the taste of maple syrup on your pancakes? Are you curious about how syrup…

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Celebrate the Fourth of July at the Indiana Dunes

Welcome to the Indiana Dunes, where the Fourth of July is celebrated second to none! Join us for our region’s patriotic celebrations while enjoying the beauty of Lake Michigan during the summer! This Fourth of July, the area will host three major celebrations, providing plenty of fireworks, unique…

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Keeping Your Pet Healthy in the Indiana Dunes

The Indiana Dunes area provides many fun year-round activities like camping, hiking, swimming, fishing, paddling, and exploring for people and pets too! Following these outdoor pet safety tips will ensure you and your furry friend have the best experience when visiting the Indiana Dunes. Become a…

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3 Interesting Things—Chicago Street Theatre

If you enjoy live performances that stretch the boundaries of the ordinary, then you'll love the Chicago Street Theatre. Its stadium-style seating holds 130 people, and the players offer many productions yearly, from comedies and dramas to musicals and family shows. The theatre has also won national…

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Can You 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 Jackson…

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