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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

Exhibits

M&R Rush Out of the Basement Tour

Saturday, August 14, 2021

Tomfoolery Productions LLC, in conjunction with the Indiana Ballet Theatre, is pleased to present rock legend, M&R Rush, as they…

Exhibits

Chesterton Art Fair

August 7 - August 8, 2021

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…

Environment / Nature

Acorn Concert Series – The Steepwater Band: A Tribute to Tom Petty

Friday, July 30, 2021

Gates open at 5:30 pm. The opener starts at 6:00 pm. The headliner starts at 7:30 pm. Tickets: $15 in advance for members and…

Exhibits

Backyard YBash

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Let’s bring the community together again with top-notch BBQ, neighborhood-inspired cocktails, exclusive community-driven auction items, and…

Community

Pinhook Bog Hike

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Take a one-hour guided hike into Indiana's only quaking bog. Rangers and volunteers are stationed along the trail to help you understand this…

Exhibits

Valpo Brewfest

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Join us for the Annual Valpo Brewfest!  This event is a celebration of great craft beer and the cool people that enjoy it.  You can sample from…

Do More In The Dunes

Hiking

A Diana of the Dunes Dare Field Trip

Wildlife

Dunes 101: Did you know?

I’d like to share with you some of my favorite fun facts about dunes environment, ecology, and history.