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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.

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Royal Acres Country Club

This privately-owned dog park, established on a farm field, is a five-acre grassy area enclosed by a six-foot fence. It provides a safe place to…

Pet Friendly

Ruff Luxury Inn

Ruff Luxury Inn is Valparaiso's premier all-inclusive dog care facility for all of Northwest Indiana. Their services include dog daycare, dog…

Pet Friendly

Royal Acres Pet Camp

Royal Acres is a fun-filled vacation location for your dog or cat while you’re away. They offer climate-controlled suites and outdoor access for…

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Valparaiso Animal Hospital

Their staff is committed to providing friendly, personal care for your four-legged family members. They work hard to meet your pets' healthcare needs…

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

Pull up a stool! A “traditional” taproom, (219) features 16 taps with four to eight taps from one or more carefully-curated breweries with a…

109 S. 3rd St., Chesterton

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

A Van-Go Chauffeur & Shuttle

Are you looking for safe, reliable transportation for your special event? A Van-Go’s 15 passenger van creates a comfortable, stress-free solution.

1353 Berg St., Porter

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

Aberdeen Manor

Aberdeen Manor provides a perfect, romantic backdrop for your special event. Your ceremony can take place outdoors or in the chapel, both of which…

216 Ballantrae St., Valparaiso

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

Acton Creative

Acton Creative makes unique handwoven items such towels and a variety of handbags. All one-of-a-kind and ready for you! See their website for…

Call for information, Chesterton

Affordable Suites of America Portage

This fully furnished all-suite hotel near the Indiana Dunes provides the comfort and convenience that long-term travelers value most, including a…

1550 Olmstead Dr., Portage

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Baymont by Wyndham Portage

This clean, attractive hotel has several accommodations for different travelers. Their spa rooms offer relaxing escapes while their executive room is…

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Pet Haven Pet Shop

The Pet Haven Pet Shop is home to excellent customer service, a variety of fish, reptiles, small animals, grooming, boarding, and pet supplies.