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Upcoming Festivals And Events

In the Indiana Dunes, the fun outlives the swim season. Experience small-town charm at Hike under a full moon. Listen to a rockin’ musical line-up. Eat until your heart’s content. Live like a local all year round with our collection of seasonal, annual, and once-in-a-blue-moon events and festivals.

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Family Nature Backpacks for Loan at National Park

October 27 - December 31, 2021

With so much e-learning taking place now, Indiana Dunes National Park is providing a way for families to keep in touch with nature. Nature…

Grab a Backpack and Go!

October 27 - December 31, 2021

Don’t lose your family’s connection to nature during this pandemic. The Paul H Douglas Center for Environmental Education has prepared…

Bark Ranger Program at National Park

October 27 - December 31, 2021

Bring along your furry friend for a hike at most locations in the Indiana Dunes National Park. Learn the rules of being a Bark Ranger owner, answer a…

The 3 Dune Challenge

October 27 - December 31, 2021

Hike the three tallest sand dunes on the southern shore of Lake Michigan: Mt. Holden, Mt. Jackson and Mt. Tom. This is a self guided, signed…

4th Friday Open Mic Nights

October 29 - November 26, 2021

Singers, songwriters, musicians, poets, and more will delight the audience with original material and covers. Discover a new performer, hear an old…

Open MIC Night at Elements Wine Bar

October 27 - December 29, 2021

Open mic every WEDNESDAY at Elements Wine Bar in Valpo! Come on out, bring an instrument (and a mic if you got it if not well sanitize and provide…

Sunset Hill Farm Self-Guided Hike

October 27 - December 31, 2021

Always available! Every month will feature a different topic and route for a self-guided hike through Sunset Hill Farm Park. Information sheets will…

Chesterton’s European Market

Saturday, October 30, 2021

An outdoor family/artisanal market held in historic downtown Chesterton every Saturday from the beginning of May through the end of October. The…

Gabis Arboretum Railway Garden

October 27 - October 31, 2021

Featuring dwarf plants and model steam engine trains, the exhibit showcases the impact steam engine trains had on early 19th century US railroads.…

Gnome Hunt

Sunday, October 31, 2021

The Town of Chesterton has become host to a legion of hospitality Gnomes. These adorable little creatures have hidden themselves all over town in…

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Tales from the Dunes

The Indiana Dunes Blog

Did you know the Indiana Dunes has a 15-mile coastline with sandy beaches, more than 70 miles of hiking trails and more than 350 species of birds? Explore the latest and greatest tales from the dunes.

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Discover the Top 15 Indiana Dunes Hiking Trails

Whether you're looking for a leisurely stroll through the woods or a calorie-burning hike up steep dunes, the Indiana Dunes has the perfect trail for…

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Top Five Places to Enjoy Fall Colors in the Indiana Dunes

Each fall, the trees in the Indiana Dunes area explode with vibrant autumn colors. Here are five places with amazing autumn views.

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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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Places to Stay

Bed & Breakfasts

Feel like family with intimate accommodations that range from nature-inspired retreats in the woods to award-winning romantic getaways surrounded by gardens.

Hotels & Inns

A convenient stay located near downtown? What about a country retreat heaped in Old World charm? Or a place you can bring your four-legged friend? Your unique getaway deserves a distinct accommodation.

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