As you conquer the sandy trails at Indiana Dunes National Park, you’ll love the expansive Lake Michigan views. And there’s so much to do beyond the dunes, too — like a water park, winery and brewery trails, and casinos. Just a 30-minute drive from downtown Chicago, it’s a very doable beach getaway, where the shifting dunes are home to unique flora and fauna.

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5441 E 81st Ave
Merrillville, IN 46410

219-947-3070 albanesecandy.com

9001 E. Lincoln Highway
Crown Point, IN 46307

219-947-7850 deepriverwaterpark.com

1215 N. State Park Road 49
Porter, IN 46304

219-395-1882 nps.gov/indu

1851 Front St
Whiting, IN 46394

mascothalloffame.com

856 N 600 E
Fair Oaks, IN 47943

877-536-1194 fofarms.com

2800 Colorado St.
Lake Station, IN 46405

219-963-2070 lakecountyparks.com/396/Bellaboos-Imagination-Garden

450 W 100 N
Valparaiso, IN 46385

219-462-0025 pnw.edu/gabis-arboretum/

Food & Drink

1420 B Calumet Ave
Dyer, IN 46311

219-262-3627 docsbbq.net

7876 Broadway
Merrillville, IN 46410

219-794-0000 asparagusrestaurant.com

12 On the Lake
Michigan City, IN 46360

219-879-9544 facebook.com/BartlettsFishcamp

7770 Corinne Drive
Hammond, IN 46323

219-989-7979 alongthesouthshore.com/sswt

7770 Corinne Drive
Hammond, IN 46323

219-989-7979 https://www.southshorecva.com/ssbt/

1048 Indianapolis Blvd
Schererville, IN 46375

219-440-7657 upyouralleybowl.com

5470 E Lincoln Hwy
Merrillville, IN 46410

219-940-1140 chicagolandpopcorn.com

57 Monroe St.
Valparaiso, IN 46383

219-464-4141 valpovelvet.com/the_shoppe

Lodging

777 Aldis Ave
East Chicago, IN 46312

219-378-3000 eastchicago.ameristar.com

202 Beachwalk Ln.
Michigan City, IN 46360

800-814-7501 beachwalkvacationrentals.com

708 N. 600 E.
Fair Oaks, IN 47943

219-394-2100 marriott.com

5727 N 600 W.
Michigan City, IN 47201

866-625-6343 brewerylodge.com

7775 Mississippi St.
Merrillville, IN 46410

219-769-7100 hilton.com/en/hotels/mdwingi-hilton-garden-inn-merrillville

Miller Beach
Gary, IN 46403

219-292-3990 millerbeachvacationrentals.com

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