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Attractions & Recreation

Each adventure is about discovery. In the Indiana Dunes, you’ll find unexpected moments of inspiration while uncovering new favorite picnic spots, diving into local culture and lore, touring historic landmarks, and stopping to smell the flowers—literally. Rediscover the simple pleasures of going with the flow and define the Indiana Dunes for yourself through the region’s selection of year-round attractions and recreational activities.

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Alyea Park

Playground equipment, tennis courts, basketball courts, and picnic shelters available.

Church St. and Adams St., Hebron

Bicentennial Park

Bicentennial Park is tucked-away park with two unlit Babe Ruth softball fields, bleachers, parking, restrooms, recreational tennis court, playground,…

175 Burlington Beach Rd., Valparaiso

Bluhm County Park

This 96-acre park features a 1.5-mile multiple-use trail, as well as six miles of challenging mountain biking trails. The park offers picnicking,…

3855 S. 1100 West, Westville

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

Brookdale Park

This small developing park has mowed pathways circling an agricultural field that lead back to a large catch-and-release fishing pond. The pond is…

919 N. 50 West, Chesterton

Butterfly Meadows & Caterpillar Crossing

This butterfly-themed playground with a unique music station is nestled among a small prairie and is a designated Monarch waystation. Restrooms are…

3210 Campbell St., Valparaiso

Central Park Plaza

As the center of downtown Valparaiso, Valparaiso's Central Park Plaza has year-round outdoor fun. Enjoy farmers markets, concerts, and events, as…

70 Lafayette St., Valparaiso

Chesterton/Friendship Land Park

The park has playgrounds, tennis and basketball courts, and restrooms, as well as a summer splash pad, baseball field, and shelter that can be…

5th St., between Morgan Ave. and Porter Ave., Chesterton

Coco’s Canine Cabana

Coco's Canine Cabana (indoor dog park) offers doggie daycare, dog park playtime, boarding, grooming, a doggie bakery, and boutique. Your dog will be…

405 Elm St., Valparaiso

Coffee Creek Park

Located next to the historic Chesterton business district, Coffee Creek Park protects a small lovely oasis of natural habitat. It is also a good…

246 E. Morgan Ave., Chesterton

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