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Communities & Towns In The Indiana Dunes

You’ll find it in the friendly streets of small towns like Hebron and Kouts, the charming downtown festivals and markets of Chesterton, the world-class arts scene and upscale dining of Valparaiso, and the warm summer days spent on Lake Michigan in Portage. It’s the rich tapestry of history, scenery, and daily life that weaves the Indiana Dunes together. Want to know the real Indiana Dunes? Find it in our communities.

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Beverly Shores & Lakefront Communities

Beverly Shores, Dune Acres, Ogden Dunes, and The Pines. These lakefront communities offer world-renowned architecture, stunning beaches, and endless trails along the shore of Lake Michigan.

Burns Harbor

Celebrate “The Art of Green Living” in this community that’s home to the nation’s first National Green Building Standard homes, Lakeland Park, and some of Indiana’s best river fishing.

Chesterton

Throw yourself into the area’s thriving arts community and culinary scene in Chesterton, where local art and a renowned European Market make up the fabric of this Midwestern town.

Hebron

A pioneering spirit and proud Kankakee River heritage. See it shine through in Hebron’s well-curated museums, historical sites, and idyllic river settings.

Kouts

Experience country living with a Hoosier heart. Explore farm-to-table cuisine in this small town’s homestyle restaurants and action-packed food festivals along the Kankakee River.

Portage

Big city amenities in the heart of the Indiana Dunes. Find everything you need from national park sites and Lake Michigan boating access to outdoor superstores and Hollywood big screens in Portage.

Porter

The “Gateway to the Dunes,” Porter offers a sandy beach, beautiful parks, famous local restaurants, and premier access to the Indiana Dunes National Park’s most iconic and historic sites.

Valparaiso

From great downtown restaurants and shops to a world-renowned university, Valparaiso is the perfect place to shake off the sand south of the Dunes and indulge in the area’s lively arts scene.

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Events in Our Communities

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Family Nature Backpacks for Loan at National Park

July 28 - December 31, 2021

With so much e-learning taking place now, Indiana Dunes National Park is providing a way for families to keep in touch with nature. Nature…

Bozak Family Christmas Light Show

July 28, 2021 - January 2, 2022

A local holiday tradition, the Bozak Family Christmas Light Show is celebrating it's yearly spectacular holiday lights and music magic. Programmed…

Grab a Backpack and Go!

July 28 - December 31, 2021

Don’t lose your family’s connection to nature during this pandemic. The Paul H Douglas Center for Environmental Education has prepared…

Bark Ranger Program at National Park

July 28 - December 31, 2021

Bring along your furry friend for a hike at most locations in the Indiana Dunes National Park. Learn the rules of being a Bark Ranger owner, answer a…

The 3 Dune Challenge

July 28 - December 31, 2021

Hike the three tallest sand dunes on the southern shore of Lake Michigan: Mt. Holden, Mt. Jackson and Mt. Tom. This is a self guided, signed…

4th Friday Open Mic Nights

July 30 - November 26, 2021

Singers, songwriters, musicians, poets, and more will delight the audience with original material and covers. Discover a new performer, hear an old…

Open MIC Night at Elements Wine Bar

July 28 - December 29, 2021

Open mic every WEDNESDAY at Elements Wine Bar in Valpo! Come on out, bring an instrument (and a mic if you got it if not well sanitize and provide…

Sunset Hill Farm Self-Guided Hike

July 28 - December 31, 2021

Always available! Every month will feature a different topic and route for a self-guided hike through Sunset Hill Farm Park. Information sheets will…

Farm Hands – Sunset Hill Farm

July 30 - October 16, 2021

No room for a goat at home? Love animals? School-aged children can join us behind the scenes to learn firsthand about animal husbandry and the…

Meet the Animals – Sunset Hill Farm

July 30 - October 9, 2021

One of their most popular programs. Meet their farm animals and their caregivers. Their current animals include sheep, goats, ducks, chickens, and…

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Bed & Breakfasts

Riley’s Railhouse Bed & Breakfast

Housed in a former New York Central style freight station, this railroad-themed bed & breakfast underwent extensive renovations and opened its doors…

Bed & Breakfasts

Pikk’s Tavern & Inn

This one-of-a-kind restaurant and inn, built to resemble a 1940s Chicago-style steakhouse, blends old and new in an eclectic atmosphere. All their…