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Beaches

Dunes 101: How to Stay Safe in the Dunes

Check out these safety tips and guidelines about how to be a responsible visitor when enjoying the Indiana Dunes.

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Beaches

Dunes 101: Where are the Indiana Dunes beaches?

The Indiana Dunes beaches get a lot of attention—and for good reason! Visiting an Indiana Dunes beach is a no-brainer, but which beach should you…

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Eat & Drink

The Port Drive-In: A Chesterton Icon

As Porter County’s only drive-in restaurant, The Port Drive-In is a blast from the past and is one of the Indiana Dunes area’s must-sees & dos. 

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Arts & Entertainment

49er Drive-In Theatre: Family Fun With a 1950s Feel

The 49er Drive-In Theatre is Northwest Indiana’s only drive-in theater. Enjoy all the aspects of a 1950s drive-in merged with modern-day convenience.

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Plants and Wildlife

American Bittern: Thunder-pumper of the Wetlands

When it wants to vanish, the American bittern stretches out its stout, boldly striped neck and points its long, straight bill up to the sky. Despite…

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Plants and Wildlife

Indiana’s Springtime Wetlands

There’s something about having your feet in water that is a thrill. As a kid, I jumped and splashed in puddles and ponds just to see how big an…

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Communities

Main Streets TV visits the Indiana Dunes

John McGivern's Main Streets visited the Indiana Dunes to film an episode of their travel show about the main streets of Midwestern communities.…

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Best Of Lists

Locals Love: Top 10 Indiana Dunes Outdoor Dining Experiences

Whether you're looking to relax on a cozy porch, eat brunch under shady trees, or party on a rooftop bar, the Indiana Dunes has the perfect outdoor…

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Plants and Wildlife

Chorus Frogs Calling at Kankakee Sands

One of the first Indiana wetland residents to begin filling the spring air with its call is the western chorus frog. But first they need to first…

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Indiana Dunes National Park

The Indiana Dunes National Park Fees Explained

Wondering which pass you should buy to visit the Indiana Dunes National Park? Here are some scenarios that may help you decide which option is best…

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Discovery Trail

Snowshoeing in the Indiana Dunes National Park

Once the Indiana Dunes area is blanketed in a few inches of snow, you’ll start to see people traversing the parks’ trails on snowshoes.

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Things to Do

Five of the Best Winter Sledding Spots in the Indiana Dunes

These Indiana Dunes sledding spots are perfect for kids or adults itching to grab a sled and speed down a snowy hill.

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Dunes 101 Series

Join Ranger Matt in our Dunes 101 Series to explore everything you need to know about the Indiana Dunes, including how to make the most out of your beach experience, where to camp, and the perfect hiking trail for your skill level.

Want to know even more? Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel, where you’ll learn some fun facts about one of America’s most ecologically diverse areas and stay up-to-date on everything Indiana Dunes related.

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Dunes 101: Hiking

Where to Hike in the Indiana Dunes

Dunes 101: Beach Experience

Where Are the Indiana Dunes Beaches?

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