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The City of Valparaiso is known for many things including Valparaiso University, a beautiful downtown, and their annual Popcorn Festival.
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Welcome to the South Shore

Along Lake Michigan

Along the southern shores of Lake Michigan sits the South Shore's diverse landscapes and a region that is culturally varied and steeped in history and tradition.

A short trip from Chicago and other major Midwestern cities, the South Shore is the perfect place for your quiet escape or exciting weekend.

Eat your heart out at one of our events and festivals. Sip on craft beers made right here in the Midwest. Splash at Mother Nature's very own waterpark - the Indiana Dunes. Hike and bike our trails. Sleep under the stars at local campgrounds. It's summer in the South Shore - there's something for you.


Rock 'N Rail Music and Street Festival

9/1/16 – 9/4/16
The annual Rock 'N' Rail Street Festival will take place on Broad Street in Griffith’s renovated downtown business district. It...more

Race to the Rescue

Hammond's first bicycle race and much more! Stay tuned for details!!...more

Kouts Pork Fest

Since 1978, people have been coming to the Kouts Pork Fest to enjoy a pork chop dinner and homemade crafts. The Kouts Pork Fest's...more

Pinhook Bog Open House

5/28/16 – 9/10/16
Take an hour-long self-guided hike into Indiana's only quaking bog every Saturday afternoon this summer at Indiana Dunes National...more

Zoo B Que

Please don’t feed the zookeepers…..let them feed YOU! Join the zoo for some family fun. Includes dinner featuring fried chicken,...more

Lowell's Labor Day Festival

9/1/16 – 9/5/16
Join Lowell in celebrating its 97th Year celebrating the Joy of Dancing. This is the longest continuous Labor Day Parade in the...more

South Shore Winery Trail

Red or white, sweet or dry - you’ll find a wine to sip and enjoy along the South Shore Winery Trail...more

Plan Your Labor Day Weekend

Find all the Labor Day events in NW Indiana on one screen with PanoramaNow.com...more
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Special Offers

$2 Off Adventure

March 01 – December 30, 2016
Present this coupon for admission only at The Dairy Adventure or Pig Adventure at Fair Oaks Farms. Offer …more



South Shore Brewery Trail

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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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