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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.

Pet Friendly

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…

Pet Friendly

Saylor Basket Place

This small family business is run by 4th generation owners and has been manufacturing concrete statuary for over 70 years. They also offer wind…

Pet Friendly

Hot Shop Valpo

This open glass blowing studio uses a rare and ancient art form to create unique glass art. Call ahead to visit the studio and gallery.

Pet Friendly

Roots Market Cafe

Come on into Roots Market Cafe, where taste and health go hand-in-hand. From the moment you step inside, the scent of fresh organic ingredients will…

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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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

(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

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

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

Alley Kat’s Curiosity Shoppe

Alley Kat's is home to over fifty local artists and curators of vintage, furniture, fashion, gifts, toys, and collections. Family-friendly and fun…

1515 Roosevelt Rd., Valparaiso

Alyea Park

Playground equipment, tennis courts, basketball courts, and picnic shelters available.

Church St. and Adams St., Hebron

Anderson’s Winery and Vineyard

Anderson's Winery offers 24 different wines, dry to sweet, in red, rose, and white. Their kitchen serves a variety of lunches and snacks; paninis,…

430 E. US 6, Valparaiso

Ark of the Dunes Animal Hospital

They opened the doors of Ark of the Dunes Animal Hospital in 2001. Since this time they have taken pride in building personal connections and…

135 E. 1100 North, Chesterton

Art Barn School of Art

Established in 1977, this not-for-profit organization is located in a restored country barn on 69 acres. Yearly exhibitions, juried shows, classes,…

695 N. 400 East, Valparaiso

Aster & Gray

Aster & Gray is a woman-owned, artisan boutique located in downtown Valparaiso, Indiana, that celebrates indie makers, small businesses, and fair…

20 Indiana Ave., Valparaiso

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Bed & Breakfasts

Feel like family with intimate accommodations that range from nature-inspired retreats in the woods to award-winning romantic getaways surrounded by gardens.

Hotels & Inns

A convenient stay located near downtown? What about a country retreat heaped in Old World charm? Or a place you can bring your four-legged friend? Your unique getaway deserves a distinct accommodation.