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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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Porter Cove Park

This Park has one asphalt basketball court, youth baseball field, sand volleyball court, picnic tables, and playground.

Pet Friendly

Indiana Dunes State Park Nature Center

The Indiana Dunes State Park Nature Center hosts a variety of interpretive programs about the unique animals, plants, and ecosystems of the Indiana…

Pet Friendly

Hawthorne Park

A local park complete with a playground, community center, shelters, volleyball, basketball, baseball, nine-holes disc golf course, and a footpath…

Pet Friendly

Pet Supplies “Plus” – Portage

America’s Favorite Neighborhood Pet Store. Featuring a large selection of Natural Food and treats and Made in the USA 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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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

Anderson’s Winery and Vineyard

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

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 W. 1100 North, Chesterton

Aster & Gray

This unique boutique sells handcrafted goods by more than 90 artisans. Their merchandise includes curated home decor, houseware, bath and body care, …

20 Indiana Ave., Valparaiso

At Home in the Woods Bed and Breakfast

This National-Park-themed bed and breakfast combines the convenience of a hotel with the comfortable casualness of staying with family. Hosts…

898 N. County Rd. 350 East, 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

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…

2323 Willowcreek Rd., Portage

BJ’s Coins and Jewelry

BJ's Coins opened in 1978. They sell U.S. Mint collectable coins and buy and sell gold and silver bullion. They are licensed and bonded with the City…

5886 US Hwy 6, Portage

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