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Indiana Dunes State Park

Sand, shore, and the space to breathe—over 2,000 acres of it! This isn’t your run of the mill state park, it’s a place shaped by thousands of years of shifting landscapes and Hoosier history. Since 1925, Indiana Dunes State Park has been wowing visitors with its natural terrain, three-miles of dune-lined shores, and a diverse range of flora and fauna. Splash around in Lake Michigan, bound up towering sand dunes, or explore beautiful trails on foot or on your bike. Escape the mundane on these storied shores.

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Indiana Dunes State Park

A state park surrounded by a national park, the Indiana Dunes State Park is 2,182 acres of dunes, marshes, swamps, hardwood forests, and white pine…

1600 N. 25 East, Chesterton

Indiana Dunes State Park Nature Center

The Indiana Dunes State Park Nature Center hosts a variety of interpretive programs about the unique animals, plants, and ecosystems of the Indiana…

1600 N. 25 East, Chesterton

The 3 Dune Challenge

Challenge yourself, your friends, and your family to climb the three tallest sand dunes at the Indiana Dunes State Park. The 1.5-mile trail is the…

1600 N. 25 East, Chesterton

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Indiana Dunes State Park Events

Community

Shipshewana on the Road Gift, Food and Craft Show

December 12 - December 13, 2020

Gift, food, & craft show is a weekend of fun where you'll find…

Arts and Crafts

Chesterton’s European Market

September 26 - October 31, 2020

An outdoor family/artisanal market held in historic downtown Chesterton every Saturday from the beginning of May through the end of October.

Community

Goat Walking

September 24 - October 18, 2020

Goat Walking is a wonderful way to connect with nature people, and yourself! By volunteering you are helping the goats get an additional fresh…

Community

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…

Food / Beverage

Halloween at the Y

October 17, 2020 - October 16, 2021

Open to all ages, enjoy an evening of ghouls and goblins, fun and excitement, and family time

Holiday

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…

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Top 10 Indiana Dunes Outdoor Dining Experiences

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.