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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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Bark Ranger Program at National Park

September 21 - December 31, 2020

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

Cabinet of Curiosities

September 23 - December 26, 2020

DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS THE PORTER COUNTY MUSEUM IS CLOSED. LOOK TO THEIR WEBSITE FOR UPDATED INFORMATION. Examine some of the strangest items in our…

Do Your Part! A County Responds to the First World War

September 23 - December 26, 2020

DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS THE PORTER COUNTY MUSEUM IS CLOSED. LOOK TO THEIR WEBSITE FOR UPDATED INFORMATION. Immerse yourself in the history of WWI as…

From a Bailly Point of View

September 23 - December 26, 2020

DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS THE PORTER COUNTY MUSEUM IS CLOSED. LOOK TO THEIR WEBSITE FOR UPDATED INFORMATION. What do our belongings say about our…

Mission Escape

September 21 - December 31, 2020

DUE TO THE CURRENT SITUATION WITH THE COVID-19 VIRUS, SOME EVENTS MAY BE CANCELLED OR POSTPONING. CHECK THEIR WEBSITE FOR MORE DETAILS.  You will be…

Open Storage Exhibition

September 23 - December 26, 2020

DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS THE PORTER COUNTY MUSEUM IS CLOSED. LOOK TO THEIR WEBSITE FOR UPDATED INFORMATION. These areas are presently used to store…

Prehistoric Porter County

September 23 - December 26, 2020

DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS THE PORTER COUNTY MUSEUM IS CLOSED. LOOK TO THEIR WEBSITE FOR UPDATED INFORMATION. In 1909, Porter County farmer Myron…

The 3 Dune Challenge

September 21 - December 31, 2020

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…

Midwest Rail Rangers on the South Shore Line

September 26 - December 27, 2020

DUE TO THE CURRENT SITUATION WITH THE COVID-19 VIRUS, SOME EVENTS MAY BE CANCELLED OR POSTPONING. CHECK THEIR WEBSITE FOR MORE DETAILS.  Join…

Visit the Alton Goin Museum

October 10 - December 12, 2020

DUE TO THE CURRENT SITUATION WITH THE COVID-19 VIRUS, SOME EVENTS MAY BE CANCELLED OR POSTPONING. CHECK THEIR WEBSITE FOR MORE DETAILS.  Have you…

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Schoolhouse Shop & Antiques

Schoolhouse Shop

$5 OFF a purchase of $25 or more Retail department store Located at: 278 E. 1500 North Chesterton, IN 46304 219-926-1551 Hours: 10am-5pm; closed…

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WRF Nursery & Garden Center

WRF Nursery and Garden Center

10% OFF all plant material. Valid on regularly priced plants, shrubs, and trees only. Come discover all you can grow at WRF Nursery! They lovingly…

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Sandpaper

Sandpaper Shops

15% OFF any (1) regular Price item. Sandpaper is a creative boutique offering farmhouse-inspired decor, hand-painted furniture, and gifts, among a…

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49'er Drive-In Theatre

49er Drive-In Theatre

FREE small popcorn with the purchase of any meal deal. The 49er Drive-In Theater is family-friendly and shows first-run blockbuster films. For the…

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The top 10 outdoor dining experiences locals love in the Indiana Dunes.

Wildlife

Is That a Viceroy or a Monarch?

A native plant expert explains the subtle differences between monarchs and viceroys that can help you identify one from the other in the field.   

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Which Indiana Dunes Beach Should You Visit?

Thinking about visiting the Indiana Dunes and wondering which beach you should visit? This guide will help you decide!

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The Upside-Down Bird With the Strange Song

Bobolinks have color unlike most birds and have a strange, metallic sounding song.

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Mask-Uerade Video Contest

Take a photo or video of yourself or someone you know wearing a mask outside in Porter County and be entered to win prizes!

Visitor Center

Our Hoosier Hospitality Promise

The Indiana Dunes Visitor Center has taken the Hoosier Hospitality Promise to help keep our staff and visitors safe and healthy.