About this trip idea
Allow 2-3 days.
Feel the sand between your toes, jump in the waves and hike the shores of a body of water where you can’t see the other side. Where, you ask? Indiana’s Lake Michigan coastline, of course.
The singing sands of Indiana Dunes
The sands around Lake Michigan are known as singing sands because of the unique sound they make when you walk on them. Go ahead – take your shoes off and give it a try. You’ll instantly see, feel and hear why Lake Michigan's South Shore is a special place. The beaches, trails and sand dunes of this area are all part of the Indiana Dunes National Park and Indiana Dunes State Park . After climbing Mt. Baldy, wander away from the shoreline for more adventure in this truly unique ecosystem of dune grasses, forests, wetlands and more – there are more than 1,400 plant species here, more species per acre than any other National Park. Learn about early immigrant families on the Bailley Homestead and Chellberg Farmstead trails. Take a peek at the bird sanctuary on the popular Heron Rookery Trail. Wildflowers in the spring and fantastic fall colors in the fall and cross country skiing in the winter make the Lakeshore an outdoor enthusiast’s year-round destination.
Boating on Lake Michigan
You’ll find marinas to launch your boat in Michigan City and Hammond. Don’t have a boat? Don’t despair. There are charter boats available to take your group on fishing and boating excursions. Indiana Dunes' Fishing page is a great resource for charter trips.
Stay nearby to keep exploring
Both Indiana Dunes State Park and the Indiana National Lakeshore have great, affordable campsites if you’re interested in sleeping under the stars, but if a bed and a roof are more your style, then stay at the Serenity Springs in La Porte. This private romantic getaway destination sits on 85 wooded acres and features 36 luxury cabins. When you’re hungry be sure to check out local favorites such as Bartlett’s Fish Camp along Highway 12 in Beverly Shores.