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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

Environment / Nature

Sunset Hill Colonels Vintage Baseball

Wednesday, July 01, 2020

Vintage Base Ball is a pastime, with its beginnings and progressions mimicking those that occurred in America over 160 years ago. Teams like the…

Environment / Nature

High Dunes Hike

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Strap on your hiking shoes and meet at the Nature Center where a Naturalist will lead you on a fun trek up the state's tallest sand dune! Along…

Environment / Nature

Full Moon Hike, Indiana Dunes State Park

Friday, October 02, 2020

Join naturalists and volunteers for this special hike to Lake Michigan and back. Meet at the Nature Center at 7 pm for a presentation about our…

Performing Arts

4th Fridays

July 1 - November 1, 2020

DUE TO THE CURRENT SITUATION WITH THE COVID-19 VIRUS, SOME EVENTS MAY BE CANCELLED OR POSTPONING. CHECK…

Arts and Crafts

Porter County Fair – THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

July 23 - August 1, 2020

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

Enjoy one of the best county fairs in IN. 10-days of that delicious fair…

Exhibits

Fall Harvest Festival & Antique Equipment Show

September 25 - September 27, 2020

A show dedicated to antique farming demonstrations including steam engines, shingle mill, sawmill, field tillage, corn shelling, sorghum cooking…

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Places to Stay

Valparaiso Inn Bed & Breakfast

Each of Valparaiso Inn's suites is furnished with period antiques and private bathrooms with features like clawfoot soaking tubs or two-person…

Visitor Posts

Dung Beetles and Bison!

We often talk about the types of plants that our Kankakee Sands bison are eating, and how that will affect the prairies. What we rarely talk about is…