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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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Taltree Arboretum and Gardens
Taltree Arboretum and Gardens(Valparaiso)
Owner description: Taltree Arboretum & Gardens is 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to preserving the environment, educating the public, and conserving a natural space for guests to enjoy. Situated on a... more Owner description: Taltree Arboretum & Gardens is 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to preserving the environment, educating the public, and conserving a natural space for guests to enjoy. Situated on a beautiful 330-acre oak preserve of formal gardens, and restored woodlands, wetlands, and prairie, Taltree hosts a variety of public classes, exhibits, and events. During visits, guests can explore approximately 6 miles of hiking trails and diverse landscapes, relax in the formal gardens, visit animals in the children's garden, enjoy the intricate Railway Garden, and more. less
Attraction type: Nature & Wildlife Areas; Self-Guided Tours & Rentals; Gardens; Nature & Wildlife Tours; Hiking Trails
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Chapel of the Resurrection
Chapel of the Resurrection(Valparaiso)
Attraction type: Points of Interest & Landmarks
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Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk
Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk(Portage)
Attraction type: Scenic Walking Areas
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Octave Grill
Octave Grill
Ranked #1 of 64 Restaurants in Chesterton
Price: $8 - $14
Cuisines: American, Vegetarian, Bar, Pub
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dog Days Ice Cream Parlor
Dog Days Ice Cream Parlor
Ranked #2 of 64 Restaurants in Chesterton
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Seating, Takeout
Northside Diner
Northside Diner
Ranked #3 of 64 Restaurants in Chesterton
Price:
Cuisines: American, Diner
Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Parking Available, Seating, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Lucrezia Cafe & Catering
Lucrezia Cafe & Catering
Ranked #4 of 64 Restaurants in Chesterton
Price: $10 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
Good for: Romantic, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Third Coast Cafe
Third Coast Cafe
Ranked #5 of 64 Restaurants in Chesterton
Cuisines: American, Cafe, Vegetarian
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Quality Inn
2.0 of 5
Quality Inn
$58 - $123
Ranked #3 of 5 Hotels in Chesterton
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Comfort Inn & Suites
2.0 of 5
Comfort Inn & Suites
$97 - $155
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Porter
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2.0 of 5
Rodeway Inn
$54 - $56
Ranked #5 of 9 Hotels in Portage
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Hilton Garden Inn Chesterton
3.0 of 5
Hilton Garden Inn Chesterton
$102 - $174
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Chesterton
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BEST WESTERN Indian Oak
2.5 of 5
BEST WESTERN Indian Oak
$99 - $155
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Chesterton
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At Home In The Woods Bed And Breakfast
At Home In The Woods Bed And Breakfast
$129 - $159
Ranked #1 of 4 Chesterton B&B and Inns

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