Do More in the Dunes

Bikes, brews, best stays, places to play, and so much more. Define your Dunes getaway for yourself with the help of our local stories.

Explore our Travel Blog

  • Search

Beaches

Which Indiana Dunes Beach Should You Visit?

Thinking about visiting the Indiana Dunes and wondering which beach you should visit? This guide will help you decide!

  • Learn More

Wildlife

The Upside-Down Bird With the Strange Song

Bobolinks have color unlike most birds and have a strange, metallic sounding song.

  • Learn More

Things to Do

Mask-Uerade Video Contest

Take a video of yourself or someone you know wearing a mask at any park, restaurant, hotel, shop, or attraction in Porter County and be entered to…

  • Learn More

Visitor Center

Our Hoosier Hospitality Promise

The Indiana Dunes Visitor Center has taken the Hoosier Hospitality Promise to help keep our staff and visitors safe and healthy.

  • Learn More

Attractions & Recreation

49er Drive-In Theatre: Family Fun With a 1950s Feel

The 49er Drive-In Theatre is Northwest Indiana’s only drive-in theater. Enjoy all the aspects of a 1950s drive-in merged with modern-day convenience.

  • Learn More

Eat & Drink

The Port Drive-In: A Chesterton Icon

As Porter County’s only drive-in restaurant, The Port Drive-In is a blast from the past and is one of the Indiana Dunes area’s must-sees & dos. 

  • Learn More

Wildlife

Sedges Are a Buffet for Bison in the Indiana Dunes

Kankakee Sands bison spend much of their grazing time consuming sedges; allowing a young bison calf born at just 40 pounds to mature to a 1600-pound…

  • Learn More

Places to Stay

Valparaiso Inn Bed & Breakfast

Each of Valparaiso Inn's suites is furnished with period antiques and private bathrooms with features like clawfoot soaking tubs or two-person…

  • Learn More

Wildlife

Dung Beetles and Bison!

We often talk about the types of plants that our Kankakee Sands bison are eating, and how that will affect the prairies. What we rarely talk about is…

  • Learn More

Top 10 Lists

Top Dunes Hiking Trails

Indiana Dunes is a wildlife-rich landscape of dunes, barrens, prairies, forests, and wetlands, packed with great sites to explore.

  • Learn More

Places to Stay

Spring House Inn: A Woodsy Staycation Retreat

You’re sure to enjoy the peace of being tucked into your own private corner in nature at Spring House Inn.

  • Learn More

3 Interesting Things

Blastcamp Paintball & Airsoft

Built on a former army base with 28 acres of bunkers, trenches, buildings and radar towers, this is hands-down the best paintball range in the…

  • Learn More

Showing Results 1-12 of 75

Dunes 101 Series

Join Ranger Matt in our Dunes 101 Series to explore everything you need to know about the Indiana Dunes, including how to make the most out of your beach experience, where to camp, and the perfect hiking trail for your skill level.

Want to know even more? Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel, where you’ll learn some fun facts about one of America’s most ecologically diverse areas and stay up-to-date on everything Indiana Dunes related.

Subscribe to YouTube

Dunes 101: Hiking

Where to Hike in the Indiana Dunes

Dunes 101: Beach Experience

Where Are the Indiana Dunes Beaches?

Share your adventures with us by tagging #beachesandbeyond