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Welcome to Lake Michigan's South Shore in Indiana

Beauty, history, fun and excitement are yours to discover on the South Shore of Lake Michigan. Just a short 30 minute drive away from the heart of downtown Chicago, the South Shore is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the gracious hospitality of the country's Midwest. Lounge on the majestic sand dunes on the beach or take a leisurely stroll along more than 60 miles of trails at the Indiana Dunes. Spend your time here bird watching, enjoy an afternoon on a charter boat on Lake Michigan or take in one of the many other things to do along the South Shore.

If it's excitement you like, head to one of our four lake-front casino boats for the thrill of gaming. Or you can take the family to a waterpark or rent a jet ski for an action-packed day on the lake. Try one of our many excellent restaurants, stay at one of our wonderful hotels or take in a show and enjoy top name entertainment. Whether you're looking for a quiet getaway or an exciting weekend, the South Shore has something for everyone.


SS Constantine & Helen Grecian Festival

7/10/15 – 7/12/15
The Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Church will be hosting its 46th annual Grecian Festival on the Church grounds....more

The Grape Escape

Munster Parks and Recreation Department will host the town's wine festival. Sample a selection of wines, enjoy food from around...more

Cedar Lake Summerfest

7/2/15 – 7/5/15
Each year, more than 20,000 people attend the Cedar Lake Summerfest on the shore of the 800 acre lake. There is live...more

July 4th Summer Sale

7/3/15 – 7/6/15
Welcome to Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets where it is always worth the trip. Enjoy extraordinary savings at our July 4th Summer...more

Whiting Cruise Night, featuring Famous Hollywood Cars

Start your engines and head to Whiting for summer fun and the chance to see these classic cars we all know and love. The classic...more

Prairie Arts Council's Rock the Arts

Rock the Arts is a festival of interactive art activities, artists' booths, live music, spirits and food. All take place in...more

2nd Annual South Shore Regional Car Show

The car show includes awards, DJ and music, food, Fair Oaks Farms attractions and fun for the whole family! There will be 13...more

Lake County Fair

8/7/15 – 8/16/15
Family-oriented annual county fair with over 30 rides, hundreds of concessions, horse shows, contests, live entertainment and...more

Touch of Dutch Festival

8/7/15 – 8/8/15
The festival includes a parade, car show, arts and crafts, food vendors, kids activities, music and more!  ...more

GLOW: Art after Dark at Taltree Arboretum & Gardens

8/13/15 – 8/15/15
Visit Taltree Arboretum for the first GLOW: Art after Dark. Glow-in-the-dark performances and interactive exhibits, night...more

Hobart Lakefront Festival

8/20/15 – 8/23/15
This four-day event features live entertainment, an arts and crafts area, food vendors and a beer garden. The Lakefront Festival...more

Jasper County Fall Festival

8/21/15 – 8/23/15
Special events at the festival include mud drags, demolition derby, and lawn mower derby. There will also be a Corn Hole...more

Farmers Markets

Communities throughout the South Shore have markets to enjoy with fresh produce, breads & honey......more

A Day at the Beach

Beaches along Lake Michigan’s south shore are perfect for swimming, sunning, boating & relaxing...more

Vacations on a Budget

Stretch your vacation budget with 30 free things to do including tours, events and outdoor fun...more
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Free gift at Felicia's Antiques in Lowell

March 6, 2014 – March 14, 2016
Receive a free gift with purchase at Felicia's Antiques in Historic Downtown Lowell. Shop Tuesday through …more



From local festivals and a candy factory to miles of beaches and a farming adventure, there are plenty of fun stops to discover along the South Shore ... more.

Spotlight South Shore

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Uniquely South Shore
Northwest Indiana’s very own candy factory boasts the world’s best gummies! Tour the factory and experience your favorites being made, see the world’s tallest chocolate waterfall and sample some of the best candies around!…more
What began as a local newspaper’s effort to tell the compelling stories of Northwest Indiana men and women who sacrificed during the Civil War has evolved into a large-scale historical preservation effort. The joint partnership of the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority and the Calumet Region Civil War Preservation Project seeks to carry forward on hundreds of hours of community service that already have taken place. …more
Conveniently located between Chicago and Indianapolis, Fair Oaks Farms offers a fun family playground that everyone will enjoy! From the Dairy Adventure and Birthday Barn, to the Cheese Factory and Mooville, Fair Oaks Farms will keep the family entertained, and well-fed, for a full day of education and fun!…more
When a guest visits a hotel, restaurant, bank, or gas station, they rarely meet the manager or owner of the establishment. It's up to the front-line employee to make the customer's visit enjoyable.The R.O.S.E. Awards were created to recognize these "directors of first impression" who consistently work hard to make our lives easier. Guests & managers are able to nominate an employee who consistently "goes the extra mile."…more
Heavy industry carried the South Shore economy for decades. Now, the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority tells a story about a community: it’s been built by steel but changing from tourism. Northwest Indiana’s appeal is its devotion to ensure new & already existing businesses succeed. Area leaders have teamed together to revitalize the mill towns and make Northwest Indiana the place people want to live & work. …more
Experience the journey of the Passion of Christ as never before in this interactive trail featuring 40 life-sized bronze statues. Experience the various Stations of the Cross with audio descriptions as you walk the winding pathway.…more
With five different casinos, Northwest Indiana offers much excitement and action along the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan! With decadent restaurants, world class entertainment and floors (and floors) of slots and table games, your night is just getting started when you test your luck at one of our casinos.…more
A breathtaking adventure awaits at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, home to a plethora of diverse natural resources. The National Park is comprised of more than 15,000 acres of sand dunes, bogs, marshes, swamps, fens, prairies, rivers, oak savannas, and woodland forests. It provides visitors with opportunities for bird watching, camping, 45 miles of hiking, fishing, swimming, horseback riding and cross-country skiing.…more
Pierogi Fest, the pride of Whiting, is an opportunity for the residents to celebrate their heritage while poking a little fun at themselves at the same time. The one of a kind parade and festival have received countrywide recognition having been featured on the Food Network and the Travel Channel.…more
This holiday season, The Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond will feature 6 animated displays featuring scenes from "A Christmas Story". The displays include: Higbee’s Department Store Window, Flick’s Tongue and the Triple Dog Dare, It’s a Major Award, Santa’s Mountain at Higbee’s, the Bumpus Hounds, and the Parker Living Room. The displays were first showcased in 2003 in the windows of the Herald Square Macy’s in New York City. …more
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