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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 Events

Historical

Nature Hike – Sunset Hill Farm

Saturday, October 09, 2021

Enjoy nature at Sunset Hill on an interactive hike with one of their naturalists. These hikes are designed for all ages: strollers are…

Fairs

Porter County Fair

July 28 - July 31, 2021

Enjoy one of the best county fairs in IN. 10-days of that delicious fair food; summer's best grandstand entertainment; FREE stage and grounds acts…

Food / Beverage

Full Moon Hike, Indiana Dunes State Park

Friday, October 22, 2021

This is a stellar special event hike to Lake Michigan and back. There will be a short presentation about our moon before heading out on a 2-mile…

Exhibits

September Sips & Wicks Candle Workshop

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Join us as we partner up with Running Vines Winery in Chesterton, IN for another afternoon…

Environment / Nature

Porter Firefighter’s Stop, Drop, and Run 5K Run/Walk

Saturday, July 31, 2021

You're taught from a young age to stop, drop and roll if your clothes catch fire. In the…

Exhibits

Camp Funset – Week Nine: We’ve Got Spirit, Yes We Do!

August 2 - August 6, 2021

Summer camp at Sunset Hill Farm County Park (Camp Funset) features eight different weeks of themed experiences. For kids entering grades K09, camp…

Do More In The Dunes

Wildlife

Hoary Vervain: A Crowd Pleasing Wildflower

Hoary vervain grows in dry, sandy, or gravely soils in oak savannas and in prairies. This wildflower has a particular fondness for growing along…

Dunes 101

Dunes 101: How to Stay Safe in the Dunes

Check out these safety tips and guidelines about how to be a responsible visitor when enjoying the Indiana Dunes.