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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

Exhibits

Healthy Family Day

February 27, 2021 - February 26, 2022

Join us for an afternoon of interactive learning and activities for families of all ages.

Arts and Crafts

Fall Harvest Festival

October 16 - October 17, 2020

Dress up in your spookiest or silliest costume and go door-to-door all throughout Downtown Valparaiso to get some tasty treats from various…

Community

Getting to Know Our Winter Wildlife

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Whether they are year-round species or migrating birds, winter is a great time to see the learn about native wildlife. Join the staff of Humane…

Hobby Show

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…

Environment / Nature

Summer Concert Series – Hairbangers Ball

Thursday, August 06, 2020

For the music lovers, come out and enjoy the sounds of the season with the Summer Concert Series. This concert series features many talented…

Performing Arts

Holiday Inn, The Musical

December 4 - December 20, 2020

Jim Hardy leaves the bright lights of show business behind to settle down on this farmhouse in Connecticut. He quickly discovers life isn't the…

Do More In The Dunes

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…