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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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

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

Chaos Haunted & Historical Tours

Chaos Haunted & Historical Tours has been offering ghost tours of Northwest Indiana for over 20 years! Haunted Bus Tours leaving from Crown Point,…

Various locations, Porter County

Chapel of the Resurrection

Towering above the surrounding landscape, the Chapel of the Resurrection is a manifestation of the character embodied by the Valparaiso University…

1600 Chapel Dr., Valparaiso

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

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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