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On the Shores of Lake Michigan

The beach where soaring sand dunes watch over your sandcastles.

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Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Indiana Dunes State Park , Captain Ian Stewart of Salukis Pride, Springhouse Inn, Bartlett’s Gourmet Grill & Tavern, Strongbow Inn
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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 Indiana Dunes is a special place. The beaches, trails and sand dunes of this area are all part of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore 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. Michigan City’s Captain Ian Stewart of Salukis Pride   is a great resource for charter trips. Remember, you will need a valid state fishing license and salmon stamp to fish – all of which are available for sale from Captain Stewart’s service.

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 Springhouse Inn in Porter. This cozy inn offers oversized European cottage style rooms tucked away in beautiful woodland setting. When you’re hungry be sure to check out local favorites such as Bartlett’s Gourmet Grill & Tavern along Highway 12 in Beverly Shores. Or drive a little farther south for some home-style cooking at Strongbow Inn in Valparaiso, their famous for their Turkey Pie dinner.

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Indiana Dunes Visitor Center
800.283.8687 | indianadunes.com
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
219.926.7561 | nps.gov/indu
Indiana Dunes State Park
219.926.1952 | IN.gov/parklake
Captain Ian Stewart of Salukis Pride
847.942.6382 | michigancityfishingcharter.com
Springhouse Inn
219.929.4660 | SpringhouseInn.com
Bartlett’s Gourmet Grill & Tavern
219.879.3081 | eatatbartletts.com
Strongbow Inn
800.462.5121 | strongbowinn.com
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