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The gateway to the Dunes. From its humble beginnings as the home of a local fur tradesman to its current status as a natural wonder, Porter has always been known as a place to stop, visit, and stay awhile. Its most influential historical citizens—Joseph Bailly and the Chellberg family—were so captivated by the area’s beauty that they were amongst the first Europeans to settle here. You can visit the Bailly Homestead and Chellberg Farm sites in the heart of the Indiana Dunes National Park and experience life as they did in the early days of Porter.

A great place to live and raise a family, Porter boasts beautiful parks, beachfront property, small-town charm, and a big-city love of food with the most restaurants per capita of any town in the Indiana Dunes region. Think of it as a casual place to catch some rays, ride bikes, and enjoy some great locally-inspired Midwest cuisine.

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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

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

A Van-Go Chauffeur & Shuttle

Are you looking for safe, reliable transportation for your special event? A Van-Go’s 13 passenger van creates a comfortable, stress-free solution.

1353 Berg St., Porter

Bailly Homestead and Chellberg Farm

These two historic sites sit nearly side-by-side. Bailly Homestead is named for Joseph Bailly, the first known non-native region resident, who set up…

618 N. Mineral Springs Rd., Porter

Century of Progress Homes

View five historic houses, originally displayed in the 1933 Chicago World's Fair, now located in the Indiana Dunes National Park. The Cypress Log,…

1215 N. State Rd. 49, Porter

Comfort Inn & Suites – Porter

Relax and unwind in the warm, welcoming aura of this Porter hotel. Located only a few miles from the Indiana Dunes and just off I-94, it’s the…

1800 W. US Hwy 20, Porter

Dunes Kankakee Trail

Bike or walk from the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center to the Indiana Dunes State Park on this paved trail (approximately two miles), and access the…

1215 N. State Rd. 49, Porter

Friends of the Indiana Dunes

The Indiana Dunes are priceless natural resources in the midst of the heartland's largest metropolitan area. As the Friends of Indiana Dunes, we…

1000 W. Oakhill Rd., Porter

Hawthorne Park

A local park complete with a playground, community center, shelters, volleyball, basketball, baseball, nine-hole disc golf course, and a footpath…

500 Ackerman Dr., Porter

Howe Road Bridge

North Howe Rd., Porter

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Places to Stay

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson – Valparaiso

This hotel combines the convenience of a big chain hotel with the friendliness of a small-town motel. Come and enjoy the fresh coffee and cookies…

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Quality Inn – Chesterton

Conveniently located, Quality Inn provides comfortable accommodations and good value.

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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…