How to Enjoy the Indiana Dunes Safely
Indiana Dunes Tourism’s goal is to keep area residents and visitors informed, healthy, and safe. We are following Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb’s Back on Track guidelines carefully and are taking the necessary precautions to protect both our community members and visitors.
For the safety of others, we encourage you to:
- Practice social distancing by maintaining a six-foot distance from anyone outside your household when outdoors.
- Wash and sanitize your hands frequently.
- Wear a face mask.
- Stay home if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or if you have been recently exposed to someone with COVID-19.
- Use curbside pickup or contactless delivery options if you have any underlying health concerns.
- Follow the recommended procedures and guidelines created by our local businesses when visiting their establishments.
- Carry out your trash when enjoying our parks. This allows staff members to focus on keeping visitors safe.
Enjoy Getting Outdoors
Spending time outdoors is important for our physical and mental well being – plus it’s fun! The Indiana Dunes National and State Parks have a combined 17,000 acres of land, 15 miles of shoreline, and 70 miles of trails. We make it easy to get some fresh air, commune with nature, and not encounter another soul. Whether you’re looking to hike, fish, bike, paddle, or just wander a bit, the Indiana Dunes area has a wide variety of outdoor adventures all across the county. We encourage residents and visitors to responsibly and safely enjoy outdoor activities in the Indiana Dunes area.
The Indiana Dunes National Park
Nearly all of the Indiana Dunes National Park’s trails and beaches are currently open and ready to explore. Education programming and ranger-led activities have been postponed until further notice. National Park Rangers are offering virtual tours, and the Dunes Learning Center has gathered a collection of at-home nature activities.
The Indiana Dunes State Park
The Indiana Dunes State Park’s beaches and trails have remained open. All facilities in the park will be following social distancing and cleaning guidelines. On warm weekends, the state park’s beach is experiencing high use. For up-to-date information, visit the park’s Facebook page or here.
How can I prepare for my trip?
Before you arrive, download our destination guides to learn more about all of the activities, attractions, and businesses in the Indiana Dunes area. Once you’re here, stop by the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center to talk to one of our Indiana Dunes Ambassadors or a National Park Ranger. The Visitor Center is currently offering curbside services to keep all visitors and staff safe and healthy.
Which Beach should I visit?
The Indiana Dunes has nine different beaches to choose from. The Indiana Dunes State Park is one of the most popular beaches and its parking lots can often fill to capacity on warm weekends. Visitors can call the beach parking hotline at 219-395-1003 for recorded information about the available parking at each beach. The recorded message is updated several times a day from Memorial Day to Labor Day weekend. This information can help visitors avoid beaches with smaller parking lots that fill quickly.
The following map shows which beaches are currently open to the public.
Download Beach Map
Beach Parking and Safety
Where to Eat and Drink
Restaurants, breweries, and wineries throughout the Indiana Dunes area are providing delivery, carryout, and curbside pickup. Many restaurants have also opened their dining rooms to up to 75% capacity or as social distancing guidelines allow. You can find a comprehensive list of our restaurants here.
Where to Stay
The Indiana Dunes area campgrounds, B&Bs, hotels, inns, and vacation homes have been working hard to prepare for visitors. Find your perfect home away from home here. Be sure to check the accommodation’s website or call ahead for reservation information and safety guidelines.
Event Cancellations and Changes
Many of our area’s events have been canceled or postponed. Get the latest information about events occurring in the Indiana Dunes area here.
More Information about COVID 19
For the latest news and information regarding COVID-19 please refer to the resources below: