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Year-Round Outdoor Adventures

If you’re looking for outdoor adventure, look no further than the Indiana Dunes. No matter the season, adventures are waiting around every corner for you to discover. Hiking Whether you stroll leisurely along the incredible shoreline or take a heartier hike through the extensive variety of…

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Going Beyond the Beach at the Indiana Dunes

Located along the southern tip of Lake Michigan, the Indiana Dunes and its surrounding areas make it the perfect destination for a day, weekend, or weeklong getaway. The Indiana Dunes has one of the nation’s five best beaches for family fun—and the only one not on an ocean. Its 15 miles of…

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Top Ways to Go Beyond the Beach this Year

Have you set a New Year’s resolution to try something new this year? Or perhaps you’re reading this in June and laughing at the thought of keeping your resolutions but still ready to get outdoors? We have seven awesome ways to go beyond the beach in the Indiana Dunes area. So shake off the sand and…

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Getting to the Bottom of Bison Genetics

Ten more bison have just arrived at Kankakee Sands! On the morning of the release, the doors of the trailer swung wide open and the new arrivals bounded out. The Kankakee Sands herd was there ready and waiting to greet them. The two groups sniffed noses, trotted around in excitement and then off…

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Horror at Kankakee Sands!

There is nothing scary about an October walk through the prairies at Kankakee Sands . . . until you look down at your pants. Gasping in shock and horror, you realize that your pants are covered in seeds! I admit it is a bit of a nightmare to find your clothing littered with a variety of seeds. And…

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Pet Friendly Places in the Indiana Dunes

It's becoming more common for travelers to bring along their four-legged friends. After all, they’re like members of the family, and nothing beats the face of a happy dog running alongside Lake Michigan’s waves. If you have questions about traveling with your pet in the Indiana Dunes area, you’re in…

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Two-day Group Itinerary in the Indiana Dunes

What to do when you have 18 people, 2 days, and want to see as much as possible in the Indiana Dunes? You do what the Brand USA MegaFam Tour did and follow our group itinerary. These 18 travel agents toured the dunes and Valparaiso before continuing to Chicago. But why tell you when we can show you…

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Catching Joy - Leopard Frogs

Catching Joy - Leopard Frogs By Alyssa Nyberg I vividly remember catching my first frog. I was nine years old and was visiting my cousin who lived in rural Ohio. My cousin had just caught a toad and after many tries, I caught a frog…a real frog! (My cousin had much more experience in frog and toad…

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Explorations along the Little Calumet Trails

I’ve hiked the Indiana Dunes State Park trails more times than I can count, and I’ve hit most of the Indiana Dunes National Park trails that are close to the beaches. But, I had never hiked at the Bailly Homestead and Chellberg Farm (both part of the Little Calumet Trail system). Time to leave the…

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