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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 YMCA Style Show

September 23, 2021 - September 22, 2022

Join us for an evening of inspiration and fashion. Designer purses and more to raffle and great swag bags

Halloween at the Y

October 16, 2021 - October 15, 2022

Open to all ages, enjoy an evening of ghouls and goblins, fun and excitement, and family time

Family Nature Backpacks for Loan at National Park

April 11 - 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…

Bozak Family Christmas Light Show

April 11, 2021 - January 2, 2022

A local holiday tradition, the Bozak Family Christmas Light Show is celebrating it's yearly spectacular holiday lights and music magic. Programmed…

Christmas Market

December 3, 2021 - December 2, 2022

Shop indoors for gifts for the season or treats for yourself at our unique and one of a kind market.

Grab a Backpack and Go!

April 11 - 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

April 11 - 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

April 12 - 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…

Five Places to Rent Skis/Snowshoes in the Dunes

April 11 - April 30, 2021

Winter is finally here and there is no getting around it. Our biggest snowfall so far this year is forecasted for this weekend and the temps are…

Valparaiso Online Market

April 14 - May 26, 2021

The Valparaiso Market is dedicated to connecting local producers to the community.  Now a year-round market where you can find fresh produce,…

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Lucky Leo's Resale

Lucky Leo’s Resale – Coupon

$5.00 OFF your purchase if $10.00 or more. A cute resale shop in Hebron. One of their main goals is to give back to the community in many different…

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Shelton Fireworks

Shelton Fireworks – Coupon

Double your Bonus - Limit up to $40 (example: spend $100, get a bonus of $10 and it will be doubled to $20) Shelton’s has many kinds of bottle…

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Mission: Escape

Mission: Escape – Coupon

$5 OFF per person with Promo Code DUNES Live-action escape room games of varying difficulties. Fune for all ages. Located at: 1050 Broadway, Ste.…

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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!

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.

Wildlife

Monarchs in the Indiana Dunes

They are fragile, face many threats, and yet are so resilient. During their epic migration, monarchs fly further than any insect on earth.

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…

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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The Dunes Daily Challenge is Back!

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