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Sandy toes. Stress melting waves. Towering sand dunes. Heaven on Earth? You tell us. Between shoreline strolls, well-worn hiking trails, and pick up games of frisbee, you’ll discover a piece of paradise all your own. Here, you’ll find adventure and history intertwined in 15,000 acres of diverse national park terrain, acclaimed entertainment venues, beloved buildings, curated experiences, and a long list of local festivals.

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Tales from the Dunes

Indiana Dunes Blog

Indiana Dunes National Park is 5th in the nation for biodiversity. That’s more than Yellowstone, Grand Teton, and the Everglades. Read more about monarchs and other diverse flora and fauna.

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Five of the Best Winter Sledding Spots in the Indiana Dunes

These Indiana Dunes sledding spots are perfect for kids or adults itching to grab a sled and speed down a snowy hill.

Shopping

Shopping for Last-Minute Gifts in the Indiana Dunes

Still need last-minute gifts for your friends and family? Consider shopping at one of our many local boutiques and gift shops.

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Five Things to Do This November in the Indiana Dunes

November is a wonderful time to visit the Indiana Dunes. The temperatures are mild, the leaves are starting to fall, and the holiday season is just…

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Mask-Uerade Video Contest

Take a photo or video of yourself or someone you know wearing a mask outside in Porter County and be entered to win prizes!

Arts & Entertainment

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.

Communities

Indiana Dunes Community Showcase

There's so much waiting to be discovered at Indiana Dunes! Not sure where to begin your adventure? Browse through these must-sees in our local…

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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

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

(219) Taproom

They feature 16 taps shared with only a few carefully curated breweries Their beers are unique to NWI! Their menu is as creative and unique as their…

109 S. 3rd St., Chesterton

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

4th Street Theater

This award-winning community theater produces musicals and plays that are amusing and entertaining as well as classic and sometimes provocative. Call…

125 N. 4th St., Chesterton

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