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Indiana Dunes National Park

Walk on glacial sands, pushed and pulled by time into dunes nearly 250 feet high. Paddle across a 300-mile-long lake with waves and scenery that rival the Atlantic. A place unlike anywhere else on Earth? We’re not just putting wind in your sails. It’s a haven for hikers. A beacon for birders. A tenement for tenters. With an unparalleled position along 15 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, 50 miles of rugged trails, and a diverse ecosystem of dunes, wetlands, prairies, and old-growth forest, Indiana Dunes National Park is a destination for outdoor adventurers of all kinds.

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Indiana Dunes Visitor Center

Want to create a personalized tour of the Indiana Dunes area? Stop by the Visitor Center where our front desk destination concierges will help you…

1215 N. State Road 49, 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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Indiana Dunes National Park Events

Performing Arts

Heathers the Musical

June 11 - June 27, 2021

This musical is the darkly delicious story of Veronica Sawyer, a member of the ruthless Westerberg High School clique “The…

Community

Trick or Treat Downtown

Friday, October 29, 2021

Bring your costumed kiddos to downtown Chesterton for the annual Trick or Treat the Downtown event. Start your trick or treating off at the…

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Do More in the Dunes

Outdoor Adventures

Five of the Best Winter Sledding Spots in the Indiana Dunes

These Indiana Dunes sledding spots are perfect for kids or adults itching to grab a sled and speed down a snowy hill.

Hiking

Savannas: Beauty in the Making

One of the most beneficial things, but sometimes the hardest thing, one can do to help manage a savanna is to cut down young trees and invasive…

Wildlife

Monarchs: Crossing Those Lines

This past September upwards of 2,000 monarchs congregated on the oak trees growing atop the dunes at the Bison Viewing Area of Kankakee Sands.

Shopping

Shopping for Last-Minute Gifts in the Indiana Dunes

Still need last-minute gifts for your friends and family? Consider shopping at one of our many local boutiques and gift shops.