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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

Performing Arts

Open MIC Night at Elements Wine Bar

May 12 - December 29, 2021

Open mic every WEDNESDAY at Elements Wine Bar in Valpo! Come on out, bring an instrument…

Community

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…

Environment / Nature

TimberNook Camp: A Week of Wild

June 21 - June 25, 2021

This going wild adventure takes play to a whole new level through collaborative, creative, and sensory-immersive experiences with friends…

Community

Summer Outdoor Movies – Beauty & the Beast

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Summer nights are for relaxing, having fun, spending time with your loved ones, and catching some of your favorite films in the park at Summer…

Exhibits

Virtual Exhibition – In Quest of Beauty: The Life and Times of Junius R. Sloan, 1827-1900

May 8 - May 31, 2021

"The sketching season is near at hand, and during it I shall wander somewhat in quest of beauty." Junius R. Sloan,

Educational

Sunset Hill Kansas City BBQ Competition

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Porter County Parks and Recreation is very excited to host the first Sunset Hill Kansas City BBQ Competition. They are eager to put this event on…

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Places to Stay

Dunes 101: Where to Camp in the Indiana Dunes

Ranger Matt tells you the ins and outs of camping at the Indiana Dunes.

Visitor Center

Dunes 101: What are the Indiana Dunes?

Two park systems make up the Indiana Dunes—the National Park and State Park. Both have unique features that will keep you exploring for days!