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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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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.

Discovery Trail

Waking at Cowles Bog

For runners, Cowles Bog, easily one of the most technically challenging in the region, in addition to being easy on the eyes, is an immeasurable…

Communities

Five Things to Do This November in the Indiana Dunes

November is a wonderful time to visit the Indiana Dunes. The temperatures are mild, the leaves are starting to fall, and the holiday season is just…

Best Of Lists

Top Places to Enjoy Fall Colors in the Indiana Dunes

Each fall, the trees in the Indiana Dunes area explode with vibrant autumn colors. Here are five places with amazing autumn views.

Indiana Dunes Events

Community

Superb-Owl Hike

Sunday, February 13, 2022

Before you watch the Super Bowl today, make sure to come along for a 1-mile flat hike through owl habitats. We will learn about fascinating owl…

Arts and Crafts

Portage 4th of July Festival & Parade

Monday, July 04, 2022

Enjoy the 4th of July at this exciting event featuring, live music and fireworks at dusk.

Community

Active Kids Day

Sunday, May 15, 2022

This FREE interactive vendor fair encourages kids to 'get involved and be…

Historical

Sensational Spiders

Saturday, February 05, 2022

Don't be scared! Our 8-legged friends are all around us in every season and have amazing adaptations. Stop in the Nature Center auditorium for…

Food / Beverage

Valpo Kiwanis Corn Roast Fest

Saturday, August 06, 2022

Valpo Kiwanis Corn Roast Fest is the annual event held in downtown Valparaiso, Indiana on the 1st Saturday of August each year. All the corn is…

Exhibits

Critter Day Camp

August 1 - August 5, 2022

From the moment they arrive and tie-dye their signature t-shirts, campers hike, explore, and discover the beautiful natural landscape of…

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