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Places to Stay

Dunes 101: Where to Camp in the Indiana Dunes

Ranger Matt tells you the ins and outs of camping at the Indiana Dunes.

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Visitor Center

Dunes 101: What are the Indiana Dunes?

Two park systems make up the Indiana Dunes—the National Park and State Park. Both have unique features that will keep you exploring for days!

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Wildlife

Skunk Cabbage: The Smell of Spring

After a long gray Indiana winter, it’s a real joy to smell skunk cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus), one of Indiana’s native, fascinating flowers.

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Visitor Center

We’re Looking For Volunteers!

The Indiana Dunes Visitor Center is looking for volunteers to help visitors learn about the Indiana Dunes and attractions, dining, and shopping in…

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Eat & Drink

Midwest Living’s Culinary Tour of the Indiana Dunes

Midwest Living editors happily ate their way through the Indiana Dunes area to uncover the best restaurants in Porter County.

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Events

The Dunes Daily Challenge is Back!

Have some Indiana Dunes-themed fun and enter to win prizes!

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Outdoor Adventures

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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Visitor Posts

A Reason to Love Winter

With its short days, grey skies, and cold temperatures, February in Indiana can be trying even for the ruggedest soul among us. Wildflowers feel…

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Locals Love

Locals Love: Top 10 Date Night Restaurants

No romantic night would be complete without dinner. After you take your special someone for a stroll on the beach, grab dinner at one of these local…

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Outdoor Adventures

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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Hiking

Savannas: Beauty in the Making

One of the most beneficial things, but sometimes the hardest thing, one can do to help manage a savanna is to cut down young trees and invasive…

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Wildlife

Monarchs: Crossing Those Lines

This past September upwards of 2,000 monarchs congregated on the oak trees growing atop the dunes at the Bison Viewing Area of Kankakee Sands.

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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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