Historic Sites & Tours

A melting pot of cultures served with a heaping slice of Midwest Americana, Indiana Dunes’ history is rich and hearty, made from a recipe more than a millennia-old. It intertwines the stories of our founders, the pioneering spirit of centuries of immigrants, and innovative strides of our present-day citizens. You’ll see it in the standing homestead of a French fur trader set within the Indiana Dunes National Park, the 9,000-year-old ancient indigenous artifacts at the Porter County Museum, and the Swedish farms, Victorian homes, and railroads stamped across the Indiana Dunes area. Between world-renowned examples of architecture and art, discover our culture on display with each historically restored building, walking tour, and museum our region has to offer.

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Broken Wagon Bison

Get up close and personal with our country’s largest native land mammal at this family-owned bison farm. Take a wagon tour to see a herd of more…

563 W. 450 North, Hobart

49’er Drive-In Theatre

Experience a blast from the past at a place that has been chosen as one of the top drive-ins in the nation. Open weekends in April, May, and…

675 N. Calumet Ave., Valparaiso

Art Barn School of Art

Established in 1977, this not-for-profit organization is located in a restored country barn on 69 acres. Yearly exhibitions, juried shows, classes,…

695 N. 400 East, Valparaiso

Bailly Homestead and Chellberg Farm

These two historic sites sit nearly side-by-side. Bailly Homestead is named for Joseph Bailly, the first known non-native region resident, who set up…

618 N. Mineral Springs Rd., Porter

Blastcamp Paintball & Airsoft

Built on a former Army base with 28 acres of bunkers, trenches, and towers, this paintball range has open play on weekends, and groups can reserve it…

563 W. 600 North, Hobart

Brincka Cross Gardens

Once a private residence, this architecturally unique home and garden includes a wide variety of trees and plants—including 400 different types of…

427 E. Furness Rd., Michigan City

Chaos Haunted & Historical Tours

Chaos Haunted and Historical Tours offers ghost tours of Northwest Indiana and beyond. Walking tours, bus tours, pub crawls, ghost investigations of…

Various locations, Porter County

Depot Museum and Art Gallery

Fondly referred to as “The Depot,” this intimate museum and gallery is open May through October. Their mission is to preserve the stories of…

525 S. Broadway, Beverly Shores

Downtown Valparaiso Walking Tours

Learn the architectural history of Valparaiso on one of six self-guided walking tours. See elegant houses on Washington Street, and marvel at the…

Various locations, Valparaiso

Dunn’s Bridge County Park

You’ll find the only public boat access to the Kankakee River in Porter County at this park. An excellent spot to canoe or kayak, the river is…

500 East and the Kankakee River, Kouts

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Sand Creek Campground

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