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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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Bark Ranger Program at National Park

August 15 - 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…

Vipassana Meditation

August 15 - August 29, 2022

Vipassana Meditation or ‘Insight’ Meditation is a technique from the Theravada tradition, of Burma which helps us to see clearly. These…

The 3 Dune Challenge

August 15 - 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…

Diana of the Dunes Trail Challenge

August 15 - 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)

August 15 - 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

August 15 - 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…

Gabis Arboretum Railway Garden Train

August 15 - 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.…

Birds of Paradise – Scavenger Hunt

August 15 - December 31, 2022

Up and down Lincolnway families could be seen carefully looking at the tops of stop signs, around street corners, even behind trash cans. They were…

Progressions in Fabrics

August 15 - September 19, 2022

This group exhibition features ceramic and fabric art made by Kathy Zentz, Jon Miller, Michaelene Crow, and Vickie Cook. 

Music in the Park – Summer Concert Series

August 16 - August 30, 2022

Join us every Tuesday, in August from 6 to 7:30 pm for a musical wonderful time. Admission is free, but please bring an item for the Portage Food…

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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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