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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Blue Point Oysters & Sushi Bar

Blue Point Oysters and Sushi Bar restaurant is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Valparaiso. Enjoy a fine-dining seafood experience or a…

13 E. Lincolnway, Valparaiso

Chesterton Brewery

A veteran-owned brewery giving back to veterans and local heroes with every pour of custom-crafted microbrews. A place where you can feel comfortable…

1050 Broadway, Ste. 36, Chesterton

Chesterton Toys

This shop is a wonderland of classic and wooden toys, as well as unique, modern playthings, all with a strong focus on “kid-powered”…

201 S. Calumet Rd., Chesterton

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson – Portage

Enjoy the comforts of home at the Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, located just 10 minutes from the Indiana Dunes. This charming hotel has plenty of…

1630 Olmstead Dr., Portage

Evexia Salt Cave

Evexia Salt Cave will take you back to the year 1839 when the first salt mine health resort was opened in Poland. We have created a simulated…

1583 S. Calumet Rd., Chesterton

Indiana Dunes Visitor Center

Want to create a personalized tour of the Indiana Dunes area? Stop by the Visitor Center where our front desk destination concierges will help you…

1215 N. State Road 49, Porter

Lifestyles

You’ll feel like Alice in Wonderland in this eclectic, edgy store. Every inch of its 10,000 square feet is filled with one-of-a-kind gifts from…

122 E. Lincolnway, Valparaiso

Speakeasy at the Spa

Witness the historic rebirth of the 1920’s speakeasy. The Speakeasy at the Spa compliments their Spa Special Events Center located on the same…

333 N. Mineral Springs Rd., Porter

Spring House Inn

It’s one part hotel, one part country retreat, and all parts comfort. With more than 50 rooms perfect for business travelers, families, and anyone…

303 N. Mineral Springs Rd., Porter

The Flour Shoppe Bakery

Locally owned and operated gluten-free bakery. They offer sweet and savory options, bubble tea, and gourmet coffee.

540 Indian Boundary Rd., Chesterton

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