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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

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Prints by Letterio Calapai from the Brauer Museum of Art’s Permanent Collection,

July 8 - August 9, 2020

DUE TO THE CURRENT SITUATION WITH THE COVID-19 VIRUS, SOME EVENTS MAY BE CANCELLED OR POSTPONING. CHECK…

Performing Arts

Othello

July 10 - July 19, 2020

Othello, the brilliant general, is admired and envied by his men and passionately in love with his beautiful young wife. But when he…

Community

Camp Funset – Week Seven: Celebrate Olympics, field trip to the Mascot Hall of Fame

July 20 - July 24, 2020

Summer camp at Sunset Hill Farm County Park (Camp Funset) features eight different weeks of themed experiences. For kids entering grades K09, camp…

Food / Beverage

Porter’s Perfect Pint

Saturday, October 03, 2020

Join in the annual beer tasting and silent auction fundraiser. Enjoy a commemorative pint glass, door prizes, and samples from approximately 40…

Environment / Nature

“Howl”ween in the Dunes!

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Get spooked and thrilled this Halloween at Indiana Dunes State Park. The activities will take place throughout the…

Community

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,…

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Sedges Are a Buffet for Bison in the Indiana Dunes

Kankakee Sands bison spend much of their grazing time consuming sedges; allowing a young bison calf born at just 40 pounds to mature to a 1600-pound…

Places to Stay

Valparaiso Inn Bed & Breakfast

Each of Valparaiso Inn's suites is furnished with period antiques and private bathrooms with features like clawfoot soaking tubs or two-person…