The best way to live like a local is to learn from a local. Start your trip at the Visitor Center and chat with our destination ambassadors — they’re our experts on everything Indiana Dunes has to offer. From activities and attractions to dining and shopping, they’ll help you curate the perfect vacation itinerary.
Get a taste of local Hoosier history before you explore. With our ever-changing exhibit room you can learn about the history and ecology of the Indiana Dunes at our in-house movie theatre, peruse educational materials in our bookstore, and take in the building’s eco-friendly architecture. You might even pick up a few ideas about some environmentally-friendly things you can do at home.
Want a personalized tour of the Indiana Dunes area? We do that too! Just stop by the Visitor Center and one of our front desk destination ambassadors will handpick the perfect itinerary full of Indiana Dunes attractions, activities, and accommodations tailored for you.
Visitor Center Amenities
Guides and brochures detailing all the great attractions, restaurants, lodging, and more in the Indiana Dunes area.
An exhibit hall featuring Indiana Dunes artwork from the Indiana Dunes National Park’s Artist-in-Residence program, wildlife displays, and interactive displays for children.
A gift shop operated by the Indiana Dunes National Park featuring clothing, books, stuffed animals, and other great merchandise.
Display cases highlighting local businesses and attractions.
Restrooms and drinking fountains.
Art walk with photo opportunities
An after-hours lobby with 24/7 access to brochures and a phone that people can use to call directly to local lodging facilities.
The Visitor Center is conveniently located at 1215 N. State Road 49, Porter, IN 46304, just north of the Indiana Toll Road and Interstate 94, and south of U.S. 20.
Contact the Visitor Center
For more information, please reach out via phone or email, and one of our helpful destination concierges will assist you.
Indiana Dunes Tourism is the official destination marketing, planning, and development organization for the Indiana Dunes area/Porter County, IN. We operate the Visitor Center in partnership with the Indiana Dunes National Park.
Challenge friends, family, and yourself to an epic climb up the three tallest sand dunes at Indiana Dunes State Park. Once you’re done, stop by the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center to get your free 3DC sticker or buy a T-shirt or hoodie!
In honor of the daring and free spirit of Alice Mabel Gray, also know as Diana, a nearby sand hill has been named “Diana’s Dune.” You can now hike in Alice’s footsteps and explore the natural wonders of her beloved Dunes terrain.
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