Things To Do in the Indiana Dunes

Go Camping

     The National Park Service is proposing a reservation system for 11 picnic shelters and 34 campsites at Indiana Dunes National Park. A reservation system will allow visitors to plan their camping trips and picnics at the national park up to six months in advance.      Currently, all picnic shelters in the park and all campsites… Continue Reading →

Go to The Beach!
   The Northwest Indiana Region is home to miles and miles of sandy beaches along Lake Michigan. There are 14 different beaches from Whiting to Michigan City. Below is a description for your enjoyment. If you go, remember to use sunscreen and have flip flops the sand is very hot. For A Complete List of Area Splash Pads and Pools, Continue Reading . . . 

 

Free Beach Shuttles at Indiana Dunes

 Two Dune Buggies will be rolling through the park this summer. They won’t be 4-wheeling over the sand; instead they will be picking up South Shore train passengers and Dunewood campground visitors and providing free shuttle service to the park’s beaches. Continue Reading . . . 


Century of Progress Talk Before the Tour

     Every year, the Indiana Landmarks conducts a tour of the Century of Progress homes, and it is ALWAYS SOLD OUT! However, there’s a talk on Friday Night.          The 1933 World’s Fair in Chicago—called the Century of Progress—offered millions of people in the depths of the Great Depression a hopeful… Continue Reading →


Visit the Chesterton Art Center
The Chesterton Art Center has been an active part of the community for many decades and is the host of the 61st Annual Chesterton Art Fair taking place the frist weekend in August at Dogwood Park. The Art Center so sponsors the Annual Art After Dark Gala.  Each week, the Chesterton Art Center hosts an average of (8) children’s classes for kids ages 3-16, as well as adult classes in a variety of topic Continue Reading . . .


Visit Mount Baldy
A local quiet but majestic attraction is Mount Baldy, just off U.S. 12, named for the lack of plant life on its dunes. For you history buffs, just east of Mount Baldy is the former site of the famed Hoosier Slide, the once 194-foot sand dune and tourist attraction whose sand was used for the making of glass and steel by local industries  Continue Reading . . .

Visit the European Market
     Join the Chamber for the continuation of the European Market, Northwest Indiana’s premier outdoor artisan and farmers’ market every Saturday from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm on Third Street and Broadway in historic downtown Chesterton Continue Reading . . . 

Native Plant Sale
Mark your calendars for the Friends of Indiana Dunes Annual Plant Sale held every year on a Saturday in the middle of April from 8am till 1pm. The Native Plant Sale will again be held at the Indiana Dunes Tourism Visitor Center Continue Reading . .

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Maple Sugar Time
    Native Americans discovered maple sap.  Since it has the consistency of water, it is believed that they mistook it for water seeping from the maple tree and cooked with it, leading to the realization of its sweetness.  They used fire, wood, clay pots and rocks.  The rocks were heated in the fire and then used to st
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Visit the Dunes Learning Center
     Immersed in nature, Dunes Learning Center connects learners of all ages with the natural world through lessons in conservation and sustainability led by professional educators in an outdoor classroom. Students learn from hands-on experiences,      Continue Reading . . . 

Apples Festival
    Celebrate autumn with an Apples Festival at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore’s historic Chellberg Farm on Saturday, September 21 and Sunday, September 22nd 2019 from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Fun is the theme of the weekend interleaved with the celebration of the all American Apple.     Continue Reading . . . 

Outdoor Adventure Festival at Indiana Dunes

      Spend the weekend outdoors at the Indiana Dunes Outdoor Adventure Festival, which will take place the first weekend in October throughout the Indiana Dunes Region. Packed with outdoor adventure opportunities, the festival will brin Continue Reading . . . 

Birding Festival

     Celebrate the migration of birdlife through the Indiana Dunes region this May  2020 at the fourth annual Indiana Dunes Birding Festival.  The festival is a partnership with the state’s major environmental groups highlighting the Indiana Continue Reading . . . 

Chautauqua in the Dunes

    Chautauqua in the Dunes is four full days of events, Sept 9th – 12th, 2020. Chautauqua will build on the cultural, historical, environmental, economic, political, and religious heritage found here in Northwest Indiana and throughout the Dunes region. Chautauquas were popular in the late 19th and early 20th century as accessible and participatory educational… Continue Reading →

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Sue Baxter