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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.

Hotels & Inns

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Portage

Near the beautiful southern shores of Lake Michigan, this hotel is both a convenient workplace and a comfortable home away from home. Portage is…

Shopping

Santa’s Holiday Forest

Cut a fresh Christmas tree (or pick up a fresh-cut one), go on a wagon ride, enjoy hot chocolate and hot dogs, and get into the Christmas spirit at…

Fine Dining

Kelsey’s Steakhouse

A butter knife cuts through the tender, char-grilled steaks, which are paired with favorites like twice-baked potatoes and seafood. Save room for the…

Outdoor Adventures

Kingsbury State Fish and Wildlife Area Access

One of the most well-known waterways in the Lower Great Lakes Region, the Kankakee River has helped link French Canada and Lake Michigan to the…

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

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

Amici Grill & Pizzeria

A family-owned fast-casual style pizza, pasta, and sandwich shop serving only the freshest ingredients around.

1409 Lincolnway, Valparaiso

Anderson’s Winery and Vineyard

Anderson's offers 24 different wines ranging from dry to sweet in red, rose', and white as well as snacks, panini sandwiches, cheese plates, and…

430 E. US 6, Valparaiso

Andy’s Red Hots

If you want a blast from the past, Andy’s Red Hots is the place for you. They have regular hot dogs, Polish sausages, and Chicago style dogs to…

6220 Central Ave., Portage

Bam Pizza Company

Bam Pizza company is family-owned and operated using the freshest ingredients for their doughs and sauces. Their pizza comes in a New York-style thin…

2596 Portage Mall, Portage

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