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Indiana Dunes State Park
Indiana Dunes State Park
Owner description: Indiana Dunes State Park consists of 2,182 acres of primitive, beautiful, historic and unique Hoosier landscape. It lies at the north end of State Road 49 in Porter County, and... more Owner description: Indiana Dunes State Park consists of 2,182 acres of primitive, beautiful, historic and unique Hoosier landscape. It lies at the north end of State Road 49 in Porter County, and includes more than three miles of beautiful beach along Lake Michigan’s southern shore. In the early 1900s scientists, recreationists and nature enthusiasts, recognizing the value and potential of the Indiana dunes area, fought to have the region preserved. As a result, in 1925, the state park was established.Large sand dunes, located beyond the entire shoreline, have taken thousands of years to form, and tower nearly 200 feet above Lake Michigan. A wide range of habitats and plant species are found in the park, with vegetation stabilizing some of the sand. These habitats provide homes for many types of plants and animals. The lake also provides habitat for many aquatic species, as well as a constantly changing fishery.Indiana Dunes State Park features a wide variety of habitats, including beach, sand dunes, black oak forest, wooded wetlands, and a button-bush marsh. Together, these areas contain some of the most diverse flora and fauna in the Midwest. Botanists from across the country enjoy studying the unusual collection of plant life. Other interesting features include “tree graveyards” (places where forests have been buried by sand and then, more recently, re-exposed by wind erosion). “Tree graveyards” can be seen in Big Blowout, near Trail 10. The Indiana Dunes area also is renowned throughout the Midwest for its birding. Visit the Nature Center to ask about good birding locations.Indiana Dunes State Park is surrounded by Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, a federally administered park comprising approximately 15,000 acres. less
Attraction type: Parks; State Parks
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Coffee Creek Watershed Conservancy Preserve
Coffee Creek Watershed Conservancy Preserve
167 acre nature preserve
Attraction type: Nature & Wildlife Areas

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Chapel of the Resurrection
Chapel of the Resurrection(Valparaiso)
Attraction type: Points of Interest & Landmarks
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Taltree Arboretum and Gardens
Taltree Arboretum and Gardens(Valparaiso)
Owner description: A beautiful 360-acre, dog-friendly oak preserve of formal gardens, woodlands, wetlands and prairies that offers a variety of events, classes and exhibits. Guests can explore the... more Owner description: A beautiful 360-acre, dog-friendly oak preserve of formal gardens, woodlands, wetlands and prairies that offers a variety of events, classes and exhibits. Guests can explore the diverse landscape via approximately 4 miles of hiking trails. less
Attraction type: Gardens
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Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk
Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk(Portage)
Attraction type: Scenic Walking Areas
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Dog Days Ice Cream Parlor
Ranked #1 of 61 Restaurants in Chesterton
Octave Grill
Octave Grill
Ranked #2 of 61 Restaurants in Chesterton
Price: $8 - $14
Cuisines: American, Vegetarian
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Smokey's Southern Barbeque
Smokey's Southern Barbeque
Ranked #3 of 61 Restaurants in Chesterton
Cuisines: Barbecue
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch
Third Coast Cafe
Third Coast Cafe
Ranked #4 of 61 Restaurants in Chesterton
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch
Duneland Pizza
Duneland Pizza
Ranked #5 of 61 Restaurants in Chesterton
Price: $5 - $9
Cuisines: Pizza
Dining options: Dinner

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Nearby recommended accommodations:

Comfort Inn & Suites
2.0 of 5
Comfort Inn & Suites
$86 - $123
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Porter
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Al & Sally's Motel
Al & Sally's Motel
$35 - $95
Ranked #2 of 16 Hotels in Michigan City
Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Michigan City
2.0 of 5
Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Michigan City
$74 - $171
Ranked #3 of 16 Hotels in Michigan City
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Hilton Garden Inn Chesterton
3.0 of 5
Hilton Garden Inn Chesterton
$115 - $175
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Chesterton
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DunesWalk Inn
DunesWalk Inn
$125 - $175
Ranked #3 of 4 Chesterton B&B and Inns
Gray Goose Inn
Gray Goose Inn
$80 - $156
Ranked #4 of 4 Chesterton B&B and Inns
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