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You’ll find it in the friendly streets of small towns like Hebron and Kouts, the charming downtown festivals and markets of Chesterton, the world-class arts scene and upscale dining of Valparaiso, and the warm summer days spent on Lake Michigan in Portage. It’s the rich tapestry of history, scenery, and daily life that weaves the Indiana Dunes together. Want to know the real Indiana Dunes? Find it in our communities.

Beverly Shores & Lakefront Communities

Beverly Shores, Dune Acres, Ogden Dunes, and The Pines. These lakefront communities offer world-renowned architecture, stunning beaches, and endless trails along the shore of Lake Michigan.

Burns Harbor

Celebrate “The Art of Green Living” in this community that’s home to the nation’s first National Green Building Standard homes, Lakeland Park, and some of Indiana’s best river fishing.

Chesterton

Throw yourself into the area’s thriving arts community and culinary scene in Chesterton, where local art and a renowned European Market make up the fabric of this Midwestern town.

Hebron

A pioneering spirit and proud Kankakee River heritage. See it shine through in Hebron’s well-curated museums, historical sites, and idyllic river settings.

Kouts

Experience country living with a Hoosier heart. Explore farm-to-table cuisine in this small town’s homestyle restaurants and action-packed food festivals along the Kankakee River.

Portage

Big city amenities in the heart of the Indiana Dunes. Find everything you need from national park sites and Lake Michigan boating access to outdoor superstores and Hollywood big screens in Portage.

Porter

The “Gateway to the Dunes,” Porter offers a sandy beach, beautiful parks, famous local restaurants, and premier access to the Indiana Dunes National Park’s most iconic and historic sites.

Valparaiso

From great downtown restaurants and shops to a world-renowned university, Valparaiso is the perfect place to shake off the sand south of the Dunes and indulge in the area’s lively arts scene.

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

July 8 - 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

July 8 - 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…

Cabinet of Curiosities

July 8 - 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…

Winter Lights Night Festival

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Kicks off the annual winter lights display at Sunset Hill Farm. Decorate holiday cookies, meet Santa, sing carols, enjoy wagon rides, and roast…

Holly Days

Friday, December 04, 2020

All of your favorite holiday activities will come together to turn our little town into a true, winter wonderland as they kick off the holiday…

The 3 Dune Challenge

July 8 - 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

July 11 - 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.  Upcoming…

Y Bash 2020 – YLight Zone!

February 6, 2021 - February 5, 2022

You unlock...this door with the key of imagination. You are invited if you dare, to step inside the YLight Zone where you are the star, Be a part of…

Healthy Family Day

February 27, 2021 - February 26, 2022

Join us for an afternoon of interactive learning and activities for families of all ages.

Valpo Kiwanis Pancake Day

March 13, 2021 - March 12, 2022

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

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At Home in the Woods Bed and Breakfast

This National-Park-themed bed and breakfast combine the convenience of a hotel with the comfortable casualness of staying with family. Hosts Victoria…

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Songbird Prairie Bed and Breakfast Inn and Spa

Stay at one of Midwest Livings' 30 favorite bed and breakfasts, considered one of the finest romantic accommodations with artfully presented food in…