Outdoor Theatre performance Header Item 1

Story Ideas

Learn more about the Indiana Dunes area and some of the region’s specific attractions through the materials and downloadable guides below. If you need any further assistance, please contact Indiana Dunes Tourism Promotions Director, Dustin Ritchea:

Toll-free:
1-800-283-8687
Local:
1-219-926-2255, ext. 223
Email:
[email protected]

Dunes 101 Video Series

This five video series follows “Ranger” Matt on an adventure through the area. The videos are posted on Indiana Dunes Tourism’s YouTube channel and blog. Each orients visitors and explores interesting facts about different aspects of the Indiana Dunes, such as the beach experience, camping, and hiking.

The 3 Dune Challenge

Challenge yourself, your friends, and your family to climb the three tallest sand dunes at Indiana Dunes State Park. The self-guided 1.5-mile challenge trail is the toughest in the area, with 552 vertical feet to climb. The reward: breathtaking views and the title of dunes conqueror. Start your adventure at the Indiana Dunes State Park Nature Center.

Outdoor Adventures

Bicycling

Whether your passion is mountain biking, BMX stunts, or leisure touring, the Indiana Dunes area has a biking experience for you. There are nearly 40 miles of trails in the National Park alone, offering a range of remarkable views of Lake Michigan or rough and ready mountain bike experiences.

Birding

Enthusiasts who bird the world have been known to call the Indiana Dunes the “crème de la crème.” Due to Lake Michigan, more than 350 bird species live or migrate through the area, resulting in spectacular migrations that let you see thousands of Sandhill Cranes in a single fall day or hundreds of hawks soaring over the dunes in the spring.

Fishing

The Indiana Dunes area offers great angling all year long. The area is home to sports fishing, great stream and river fishing, and plenty of dock and small lakes fishing. There’s ice fishing in winter, and it’s one of the few places in the world where you can fish for steelhead year-round, catch salmon in spring and fall, and still land a perch, trout, or sunfish for dinner.

Hiking

Hiking in the Indiana Dunes area offers everything from a stroll in one of six botanic gardens/arboretums to a 15-mile trek along the dunes beach. More than 70 miles of hiking trails offer a variety of experiences from improved paths to natural sand trails. Trail 9 was named one of the best scenic hiking trails in Indiana by USA Today.

Culinary Adventure

Our adventures aren’t limited to the outdoors. Lead your taste buds on an epic-urian journey through our region’s leading restaurants as discovered by the editors of Midwest Living.

International Campaign

Indiana Dunes Tourism launched an international campaign in both France and Germany. The organization also offers 12 translated foreign language guides for international guests. Over the past few years, the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center has had over 100,000 visitors from all 50 states and over 50 international countries annually.

Pet-Friendly

The Indiana Dunes is a pet-friendly destination, and leashed pets are allowed on trails at the State Park and National Park except for Glenwood Trail and Pinhook Bog. Restaurants, accommodations, and retail stores are also opening their doors to these four-legged, leashed travelers.

Additional Story Ideas

50’s Fun

The Indiana Dunes area is home to one of the last remaining drive-in movie theaters (49er Drive-in), one of the last drive-in restaurants (The Port Drive-In), and a hopping classic car and motorcycle scene—both cruise-ins and scenic drives.

Air & Water

Do the Dunes from the Air for a different vantage point, or experience the dunes and Lake Michigan from the water on your own boat, a rented boat, or with the help of a fishing charter.

Craft Brews

Check out the great—and growing—craft brewing scene.

Diverse Ecology

The Indiana Dunes is the fifth most biodiverse area among all national park units in the U.S., and it is considered the birthplace of ecology.

Family Fun

With plenty of kid-friendly attractions and restaurants, this is the place for kids to be kids.

Historical Sites

The Indiana Dunes area is home to some great historical sites, including the Porter County Museum, Bailly Homestead and Chellberg Farm, and even the Task Force Tips Fire Museum.

Seasons

Explore the seasons in the Indiana Dunes area, including cross-country skiing and shelf ice viewing in winter, summer beach experiences, and the colors of the fall.

Sweet Treats

The Indiana Dunes area is home to the famous Valpo Velvet ice cream, as well as Designer Desserts’ mouthwatering cupcakes and many other, well, sweet places to visit.

Trains

The Indiana Dunes area is home to one of the nation’s best model railway gardens, a train-themed bed and breakfast, and other train attractions.

Unique Artistry

The Indiana Dunes area is home to great artisans, and we’ll tell you about some of the unique products that are made here.