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Family Fun in the Indiana Dunes

What will your family love about Indiana Dunes Country?

It might be running or sledding down the dunes, building sandcastles, splashing in Lake Michigan, camping under the stars or viewing birds and wildlife you’ve never seen. Maybe you’ll leave Indiana Dunes Country as a Junior Ranger or earn a park patch. Whatever adventures you find, Indiana Dunes Country is a getaway the whole family can agree on.

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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.

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Bass Pro Shops

This 130,000 square-foot store has everything for outdoor enthusiasts, including boats, fishing gear, and hunting equipment. There is also a giant…

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Broken Wagon Bison

Get up close and personal with our country’s largest native land mammal at this family-owned bison farm. Take a wagon tour to see a herd of more…

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Hoosier Bat Company

Hoosier Bat is the third-largest manufacturer of regulation-quality wood bats in the world—and probably the only place you can touch a bat destined…

Casual Dining

The Port Drive-In

A visit to the Indiana Dunes area isn't complete without a visit to The Port Drive-In—a Chesterton icon since 1957. Dine inside or let carhops come…

Sweets & Treats

Valpo Velvet Ice Cream Shoppe

People from all over have been traveling to Valpo Velvet Ice Cream for the same homemade, rich, creamy, old-fashioned ice cream treats made by The…

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Zao Island Amusement Center

An adventureland for grown-ups and kids alike with two miniature golf courses, go-karts, bumper cars, a game room, batting cages, a giant slide,…

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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 blockbuster musicals and more. Call or check their website for a schedule.

125 N. 4th St., Chesterton

Acorn Acres

Acorn Acres is a local family farm. They raise “good” food with natural and sustainable practices. You will find natural healthy meat, produce,…

360 Indian Boundary Rd, Chesterton

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

Bass Pro Shops

This 130,000 square-foot store has everything for outdoor enthusiasts, including boats, fishing gear, and hunting equipment. There is also a giant…

6425 Daniel Burnham Dr., Portage

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

Blastcamp Paintball & Airsoft

Built on a former Army base with 28 acres of bunkers, trenches, and towers, this paintball range has open play on weekends, and groups can reserve it…

563 W. 600 North, Hobart

Broken Wagon Bison

Get up close and personal with our country’s largest native land mammal at this family-owned bison farm. Take a wagon tour to see a herd of more…

563 W. 450 North, Hobart

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

Calumet Park

Calumet Beach offers beachgoers a chance to escape the heat by enjoying the cool waters of Lake Michigan during the summer months. Amenities include…

9801 S. Ave. G., Chicago

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Art Z: Fine Artz and Antiquez

Art Z: Fine Artz and Antiquez

$10 off any art class. Present coupon when making in-person payment. This gallery is the best-kept secret in Chesterton! Find over 30 different…

Cultural Dining

Lemon Tree Mediterranean Grill

Lemon Tree Mediterranean Grill

$1 OFF one meal Build your rice bowl or wrap Mediterranean style! Smoked paprika chicken kabobs, tender steak, falafel veggies, gluten-free pita,…

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49'er Drive-In Theatre

49er Drive-In Theatre

FREE small popcorn with the purchase of any meal deal. The 49er Drive-In Theater is family-friendly and shows first-run blockbuster films. For the…

Cafés & Coffee

Third Coast Spice Cafe

Third Coast Spice Cafe

$5 OFF a $10 Purchase Breakfast and lunch • organic • vegetarian • vegan gluten-free • cage-free eggs • griddle sandwiches environmentally…

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Luna Kitchen + Cocktails

Luna Kitchen + Cocktails Rooftop

Receive a FREE Gelato with the purchase of an entree. Maximum 4 people. One coupon per table. Luna Kitchen + Cocktails is their 21+ retractable…

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Inman's Bowling & Recreation Center

Inman’s Bowling & Recreation Center

Buy one get one FREE, bowling games, time bowling, mini-golf, go-karts and paddle boats. Experience 32 lanes of bowling, a video game arcade with…

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