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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.

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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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Events in Our Communities

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Valparaiso YMCA Golf outing

July 12, 2021 - July 11, 2022

Drive, Chip and put for a good cause. Raising funds to provide scholarships for children to the Valparaiso YMCA. A fun, relaxed day of golfing.

Valpo Kiwanis Corn Roast Fest

August 7, 2021 - August 6, 2022

Valpo Kiwanis Corn Roast Fest is the annual event held in downtown Valparaiso, Indiana on the 1st Saturday of August each year. All the corn is grown…

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

January 25 - 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

January 25, 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!

January 25 - 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…

Ice Skating under the Urschel Pavilion

January 25 - March 31, 2021

Grab your friends, bring the kids, snag your spouse and come out to skate at the William E. Urschel Pavilion. Open skating takes place 7 days a…

The 3 Dune Challenge

January 25 - 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…

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Featured Accommodations

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Valparaiso Inn Bed & Breakfast

Valparaiso’s true bed and breakfast is complete with a grand living room, parlor, solarium, screened-in porch, and six-person hot-tub. With five…

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Pikk’s Tavern & Inn

This one-of-a-kind restaurant and inn, built to resemble a 1940s Chicago-style steakhouse, blends old and new in an eclectic atmosphere. All their…