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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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Valparaiso Online Market

May 25 - June 1, 2022

The Online Valparaiso Market is returning and better than ever! Shop your favorite Valparaiso Market vendors year-round! Simply click the link to…

Diana of the Dunes Trail Challenge

May 25 - December 31, 2022

“Diana’s Dare” a new hiking challenge has begun. On this self-guided hike, you will learn why the park has renamed a West Beach sand…

Drop-in Volunteering (Trash Trekkers)

May 25 - December 31, 2022

Trash Trekkers is a drop-in program that helps keep our trails and beaches clean. You can help today. Grab a trash bag at the Indiana Dunes Visitor…

Mission Escape

May 25 - December 31, 2022

You will be tasked with tackling logical problems and puzzles. You will put out little physical effort and your wit and observation will be the key…

Coffee Creek Farmers Market

May 25 - November 2, 2022

The Coffee Creek Farmers Market is held every Wednesday from May through November from 3:00 - 7:00 pm. They pride themselves on being the first…

Gabis Arboretum Railway Garden Train

May 25 - September 30, 2022

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

Bark Ranger Program at National Park

May 25 - December 31, 2022

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

May 25 - December 30, 2022

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…

Open Mic Thursdays at The Market Lounge and Comedy Club

May 26 - November 24, 2022

Come watch aspiring comics that come from as far as 250 miles every week to our little club to hone their skills. Signups start at 7:30 and the mic…

Youth Farm Hands – Sunset Hill Farm

May 26 - October 20, 2022

No room for a goat at home? Love animals? School-aged children can join us behind the scenes to learn firsthand about animal husbandry and the…

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

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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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