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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

Art Exhibits

Bozak Family Christmas Light Show

November 26, 2021 - January 2, 2022

The tradition continues! The Bozak Family Christmas Light Show is celebrating another year of spectacular holiday lights and music magic. This…

Historical

Annual NWI Storytelling Festival & Ghost Stories!

October 16 - October 17, 2020

A night of fright awaits you in this open-air concert at the Wilson Shelter for the 30th year in a row! Bring a blanket and a friend to hold on to…

Food / Beverage

World Cultural Festival – THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

Sunday, September 20, 2020

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

The World Cultural Festival is a celebration of art, food, dance, and…

Sporting Events Participant

Footloose 5K Walk/Run

June 26, 2021 - June 25, 2022

Join in the Annual '80s themed Footloose 5K and event. This gnarley event celebrates the most righteous decade or all time. There will be food,…

Community

R-Rides Swap Meet

Sunday, March 07, 2021

Northern Indiana Cruisers Motor Club is a non-profit organization for the enjoyment of car restoration and preservation. 2 big buildings with over…

Environment / Nature

Valpo Brewfest

Saturday, September 26, 2020

This event is a celebration of great craft beer and the cool people that enjoy it. You can sample from more than 200 different styles of beers…

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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.