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Our stories are written across every mile of beach, forest, and meandering trail. Hear them in the haunting call of the loon and the snap of branches on the woodland floor. See them in the crisscross tracks of trains past and carved moldings of historic buildings. Feel it with every warm hello and sandy toe that greets you on our friendly shores. Want to know more about the Indiana Dunes? Just ask, we’re not shy.

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Country Inn & Suites by Radisson – Valparaiso

This hotel combines the convenience of a big chain hotel with the friendliness of a small-town motel. Come and enjoy the fresh coffee and cookies…

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Affordable Suites of America Portage

This fully furnished all-suite hotel near the Indiana Dunes provides the comfort and convenience that long-term travelers value most, including a…

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Al & Sally’s Motel Inc.

Located less than a mile from the beach, this family-owned motor lodge has been providing guests with large, comfortable rooms and friendly service…

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Bailly Homestead and Chellberg Farm

These two historic sites sit nearly side-by-side. Bailly Homestead is named for Joseph Bailly, the first known non-native region resident, who set up…

618 N. Mineral Springs Rd., Porter

Central Avenue Beach

This beach is surrounded by a buried forest created when wind-blown sands inundated the trees. It is also a great place to hike flower-filled fields,…

151 Central Ave., Michigan City

Cowles Bog Trail

This is where Henry Chandler Cowles conducted his landmark study of the dunes’ vegetation succession. Pass through wooded dunes and wetlands until…

1450 N. Mineral Springs Rd., Dune Acres

Dunbar Beach

Parking is limited at this prime spot near the Lake View Picnic Area and the historic Century of Progress homes. Enjoy this beautiful beach in a…

300 W. Lake Front Dr., Beverly Shores

Dune Succession Trail

The Dunes Succession Trail links with two others in the national park system, covering a total of 3.6 miles. As the name suggests, this trail is a…

376 N. County Line Rd., Gary

Dunes Learning Center

The Dunes Learning Center gives kids a chance to learn about the Indiana Dunes by being out in nature with the experts. Visit indianadunes.com/events…

700 Howe Rd. (N. 150 W.), Chesterton

Glenwood Dunes Trail

Cross over two ancient dune ridges created as Lake Michigan receded 11,000 years ago. This trail is used for hiking, horseback riding…

1475 N. Brummitt Rd., Chesterton

Great Marsh Trail

Just a short stroll to an accessible observation platform provides a great view of this recently restored wetland. Wading birds like herons and…

500 S. Broadway Ave., Beverly Shores

Heron Rookery East

Fishing access at GPS Coordinates: 41.6697402, -86.9515129

1336 N. 600 East, Michigan City

Heron Rookery East

The Heron Rookery Trail was a Great Blue Heron nesting ground for 60 years. The Great Blue Herons have moved on, but the 3.3-mile trail is a great…

1336 N. 600 East, Michigan City

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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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Five Things to Do This November in the Indiana Dunes

November is a wonderful time to visit the Indiana Dunes. The temperatures are mild, the leaves are starting to fall, and the holiday season is just…

Wildlife

Long-legged Leapers of the Kankakee Sands Prairie

Northern leopard frogs are the long-legged leapers of our Kankakee Sands prairie, and catching one is not only thrilling but hard to do!

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Welcome Indiana Elite FC Families!

We’re proud to welcome you to the home of the Indiana Dunes. We hope you enjoy your stay and good luck in the competition!