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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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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

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

(219) Taproom

They feature 16 taps shared with only a few carefully curated breweries Their beers are unique to NWI! Their menu is as creative and unique as their…

109 S. 3rd St., Chesterton

312 Cafe

Family-friendly, work-friendly, full bar, and espresso bar. Dine-in, catering, and todo. Kids menu available.

312 N. Madison St., Hebron

49’er Drive-In Theatre

Experience a blast from the past at a place that has been chosen as one of the top drive-ins in the nation. Open weekends in April, May, and…

675 N. Calumet Ave., Valparaiso

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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.

Beaches

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.

Beaches

Dunes 101: Where are the Indiana Dunes beaches?

The Indiana Dunes beaches get a lot of attention—and for good reason! Visiting an Indiana Dunes beach is a no-brainer, but which beach should you…

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 Events

Exhibits

Chesterton Centennial

August 6 - December 28, 2022

The Museum presents an exhibit about one of the most significant events to take place in our community, the Chesterton Centennial. Original…

Community

Chesterton Art Fair

August 6 - August 7, 2022

The Annual Chesterton Art Fair is held during the first full weekend in August Over 100 juried artists from across the country display their work…

Food / Beverage

Coffee and a Concert – Summer Concert Series

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Save the date for Coffee and a Concert sponsored by Residences at Coffee Creek Senior Living. Enjoy the beautiful backdrop of the Coffee Creek…

Community

Black Friday Opt Outside Hike and Back Hike

Friday, November 25, 2022

Celebrate the outdoors with your family by joining the Naturalist for a 2-mile-moderately-rugged hike to Beach House Blowout and back.…

Animal

Mount Baldy Summit Hike

Friday, August 12, 2022

Meet at the Mount Baldy parking…

Holiday

Chesterton Christmas Eve Jingle Bell Run

Saturday, December 24, 2022

Put on your most festive running clothes or come as you are. Participants are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items or new, unopened…

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