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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

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

Countryside Park and Alton Goin Museum

This 33-acre park is home to an 18-hole disc golf course, fishing pond, playground, shelter, trails, and Portage’s largest winter sledding hill.…

5250 US Hwy. 6, Portage

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Our Hoosier Hospitality Promise

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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.

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. 

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…

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…