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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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Blue Point Oysters & Sushi Bar

Blue Point Oysters and Sushi Bar restaurant is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Valparaiso. Enjoy a fine-dining seafood experience or a…

13 E. Lincolnway, Valparaiso

Chesterton Brewery

A veteran-owned brewery giving back to veterans and local heroes with every pour of custom-crafted microbrews. A place where you can feel comfortable…

1050 Broadway, Ste. 36, Chesterton

Chesterton Toys

This shop is a wonderland of classic and wooden toys, as well as unique, modern playthings, all with a strong focus on “kid-powered”…

201 S. Calumet Rd., Chesterton

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson – Portage

Enjoy the comforts of home at the Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, located just 10 minutes from the Indiana Dunes. This charming hotel has plenty of…

1630 Olmstead Dr., Portage

Evexia Salt Cave

Evexia Salt Cave will take you back to the year 1839 when the first salt mine health resort was opened in Poland. We have created a simulated…

1583 S. Calumet Rd., Chesterton

Indiana Dunes Visitor Center

Want to create a personalized tour of the Indiana Dunes area? Stop by the Visitor Center where our front desk destination concierges will help you…

1215 N. State Road 49, Porter

Lifestyles

You’ll feel like Alice in Wonderland in this eclectic, edgy store. Every inch of its 10,000 square feet is filled with one-of-a-kind gifts from…

122 E. Lincolnway, Valparaiso

Speakeasy at the Spa

Witness the historic rebirth of the 1920’s speakeasy. The Speakeasy at the Spa compliments their Spa Special Events Center located on the same…

333 N. Mineral Springs Rd., Porter

Spring House Inn

It’s one part hotel, one part country retreat, and all parts comfort. With more than 50 rooms perfect for business travelers, families, and anyone…

303 N. Mineral Springs Rd., Porter

The Flour Shoppe Bakery

Locally owned and operated gluten-free bakery. They offer sweet and savory options, bubble tea, and gourmet coffee.

540 Indian Boundary Rd., Chesterton

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Tale from the Dunes

The Indiana Dunes Blog

Did you know the Indiana Dunes has a 15-mile coastline with sandy beaches, more than 70 miles of hiking trails and more than 350 species of birds? Explore the latest and greatest tales from the dunes.

Communities

Main Streets TV visits the Indiana Dunes

John McGivern's Main Streets visited the Indiana Dunes to film an episode of their travel show about the main streets of Midwestern communities.…

Indiana Dunes National Park

The Indiana Dunes National Park Fees Explained

Wondering which pass you should buy to visit the Indiana Dunes National Park? Here are some scenarios that may help you decide which option is best…

Discovery Trail

Snowshoeing in the Indiana Dunes National Park

Once the Indiana Dunes area is blanketed in a few inches of snow, you’ll start to see people traversing the parks’ trails on snowshoes.

Indiana Dunes Events

Community

Popcorn Panic

Saturday, September 10, 2022

Looking for a return to racing? Join the annual running of the Popcorn Panic. A community tradition for over four decades, this event has over…

Food / Beverage

Fall Harvest Festival

Saturday, October 15, 2022

The Valparaiso Fall Harvest Festival is a celebration that will take place at Central Park Plaza in conjunction with the end of the Valparaiso…

Educational

Summer Concert Series – “Visions of Santana”

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Join us on Thursday nights at Northwest Health Amphitheater in Central Park Plaza for the Summer Concert Series. This series features a different…

Holiday

Downtown Valparaiso Trick-or-Treat

Friday, October 14, 2022

Join other little ghosts and goblins for FREE tricks and treats in downtown Valpo!…

Environment / Nature

Annual NWI Storytelling Festival and Ghost Stories

October 14 - October 15, 2022

The Northwest Indiana Storytelling Guild will join the park staff again this fall for an annual favorite!  Revel in stories for young and…

Art Exhibits

The Bizarre Bazaar

Saturday, September 24, 2022

Come one, come all to the Bizarre Bazaar! From taxidermy and specimens to vintage oddities, horror collectibles, and nerdy home decor; the Bizarre…

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A convenient stay located near downtown? What about a country retreat heaped in Old World charm? Or a place you can bring your four-legged friend? Your unique getaway deserves a distinct accommodation.