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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

Historical

Portage Cruise Night

May 4 - August 31, 2021

Join every Tuesday, May through August, from 5 to 8 pm for a groovy time. Entry to the Lot is FREE! Please enter by park tent to receive your free…

Art Exhibits

Hooked on Art Live Street Festival

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Come to downtown Chesterton, Indiana for the Hooked on Art Live Street Festival! Watch live street artists utilize a variety of mediums…

Community

Mistletoe Market

Saturday, December 04, 2021

This extraordinary shopping experience has become a beloved holiday tradition for the European Market community. Many favorite market merchants,…

Community

Five Places to Rent Skis/Snowshoes in the Dunes

January 24 - April 30, 2021

Winter is finally here and there is no getting around it. Our biggest snowfall so far this year is forecasted for this weekend and the temps are…

Educational

Climate Crisis Impacts in Northwest Indiana – Free Webinar

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Join us for a live webinar led by our guest speaker, Dr. Larry Cadwell, to learn about how our local environment is being affected…
Exhibits

Maple Sugar Time

March 13 - March 14, 2021

Enjoy a sweet taste of spring at Indiana Dunes National Park's annual Maple Sugar Time. The historic Chellberg Farm will be bustling…

Do More In The Dunes

Outdoor Adventures

Five of the Best Winter Sledding Spots in the Indiana Dunes

These Indiana Dunes sledding spots are perfect for kids or adults itching to grab a sled and speed down a snowy hill.

Hiking

Savannas: Beauty in the Making

One of the most beneficial things, but sometimes the hardest thing, one can do to help manage a savanna is to cut down young trees and invasive…