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Pet-Friendly In the Dunes

There’s a reason Indiana Dunes National Park was named the #1 pet-friendly attraction in the state of Indiana by GoPetFriendly.com. It’s because we believe lakeside fun shouldn’t just be reserved for the two-legged kind. Around here, you’ll find plenty of sites, attractions, and accommodations. Take your furry friend on the 3 Dune Challenge, hit up a beach or two along the lakeshore just east of the Indiana Dunes State Park, or pull up a seat on a pet-friendly patio to share a drink in the company of your most loyal companion.

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Four-Legged Adventures

With over 40 miles of trails in the National Park, alone, even with four legs, your furry friend is in for the walk of their life. Whether you’re in the mood to beach, hike, or wander, the Indiana Dunes area is the perfect place to escape with your best friend.

Art & Entertainment

Cinemark 12 at Valparaiso

Catch the latest movie on one of this theater’s 12 screens, and don’t forget to grab your favorite treat from the concession stand.

Casual Dining

Jimmy’s Cafe

Jimmy's Cafe inspires loyalty in the hearts of those who eat there. Their famous American-style breakfasts often mean the restaurant is packed, but…

Shopping

Spike & Buddy’s

Spike and Buddy’s offers full-service interior designs, custom window treatments, furniture, and home accessories.

Shopping

Sandpaper

Sandpaper is a creative boutique offering farmhouse-inspired decor, hand-painted furniture, and gifts, among a wide selection of DIY products,…

B.A.R.K. Rangers Program

Does your dog have what it takes to be the next Indiana Dunes B.A.R.K. Ranger? See a park ranger at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center or the Paul H. Douglas Center to get your B.A.R.K. Ranger brass dog tag.

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Bag your own waste.

Always bring bags and dispose of waste at garbage cans. Never leave waste on or along the trails.

Always wear a leash that is no more than 6 feet (2m) long.

This prevents your dog and the wildlife from startling each other.

Respect wildlife.

Indiana Dunes is home to a diverse array of wildlife. Admire from a distance, and do not disturb them!

Know where you can go. The following areas are closed to pets, except for service dogs:

Nature Play Areas—These areas are located on the east side of the Paul Douglas Center’s main parking lot and inside the Mather and Douglas loops at the Dunewood Campground.
Pinhook Bog Trail—Pets are not permitted on the Pinhook Bog Trail. Pets are permitted in the parking lot and on the Pinhook Upland Trail.
Glenwood Dunes Trail System—Pets (other than horses) are not permitted on the specific portion of the Glenwood Dunes trail system that is designated for equestrian use. Pets are permitted in the parking lot and other sections of the trail system.
West Beach—Pets are permitted everywhere except for the lifeguard swim area, which is maintained from the Friday of Memorial Day weekend through the Monday of Labor Day weekend.

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Places to Go with Your Pet

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(219) Taproom

They feature 16 taps shared with only a few carefully curated breweries Their beers are unique to NWI! Their menu is as creative and unique as their…

109 S. 3rd St., Chesterton

Aaron’s Mortgage Inn

This local bar serves Italian beef, cheeseburgers, and daily specials. They also serve JJ’s Pizza all day and night.

1400 Broadway, Chesterton

Abbiocco Italian Cuisine

Abbiocco translates to "food coma" in Italian and is a chef-driven contemporary Italian restaurant with menu highlights that include a variety of…

600 Gateway Blvd. N, Chesterton

Aftermath Cidery & Winery

Enjoy a variety of locally-made ciders with small-plate food pairings. This hotspot often has live entertainment on the weekends.

15 N. Washington, Valparaiso

AJ’s Pizza Co.

AJ's Pizza Co. is known for its original taste because all of its ingredients are prepared daily, including their signature homemade sauce and their…

3050 Matson Dr., Chesterton

Albano’s Pasta Shop

This hand-made pasta shop features local, fresh ingredients, and a changing menu with a rustic, homestyle feel. They also have pasta for retail.

22 Washington St., Valparaiso

Barque – Barbeque

Counter service restaurant specializing in smoked meats with a variety of sauce options.

6291 Central Ave., Portage

Baums Bridge Inn

A fun, energetic restaurant and bar with outdoor seating, daily specials, and a full dinner menu, including steaks and chops.

1092 S. Baum's Bridge Rd., Kouts

Beijing Chinese Restaurant

Fresh, delicious Chinese food just off of U.S. 6 in Portage. Dine-in, carry-out, catering or order delivery at this Indiana Dunes area favorite.

6214 US Hwy 6, Portage

Belle Estanni Bake Shoppe

Family owned and operated specialty neighborhood bakery shoppe in Valparaiso where you can sit and enjoy great coffee, delicious smoothies, and…

4405 Calumet Ave., Valparaiso

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