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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.

 

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

Roan-dezvous

8/8/15
Carpenter Creek Cellars hosts its annual wine, music and food festival, celebrating the life of Byron ("Roan")...more

Summer with the Symphony Concert

8/8/15
You may be right, we may be crazy. We’re inviting all of Chicagoland uptown for an event to remember. The City of Whiting...more

Serenity Springs Back Yard Bash

8/15/15
Nestled on 85 private wooded acres, join us for a relaxing "grown up" getaway in the country. Stroll over to our...more

2nd Annual South Shore Regional Car Show

8/6/15
The car show includes awards, DJ and music, food, Fair Oaks Farms attractions and fun for the whole family! There will be a...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

Clocktower Power Model Boat Race

9/10/15 – 9/13/15
Watch over 80 national and international boaters with nearly 300 boats traveling at speeds up to 70 miles per hour racing on the...more

Valparaiso Popcorn Festival

9/12/15
Orville Redenbacher is the inspiration behind the celebration of one of America's favorite snacks! The 37th Annual Valparaiso...more

10th Annual DHC Bizarre Bazaar

9/19/15
Admission is free. Attractions include bands, vendors, children's games and art activities and a car show. Join the unexpected,...more

Hobart's Brews & Blues

9/19/15
Sample some of the best craft beer from the region and beyond while enjoying the soulful sounds of The Kinsey Report and Duke...more

Sandhill Crane Festival and Car Show

9/19/15
The Wheatfield Chamber of Commerce's annual Sandhill Crane Festival and Car Show will take over downtown Wheatfield.   ...more

Lakefront Art Festival

Lubeznik Center for the Arts brings the very best of art & fine craft to Michigan City's lakefront...more

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Receive info on attractions, events & offers! Text SOUTHSHORE to 36000 or click the 3rd option here...more

A Day at the Beach

Beaches along Lake Michigan’s south shore are perfect for swimming, sunning, boating & relaxing...more
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10% Off/Free Bag at K & S Quilts in Lowell

March 7, 2014 – March 14, 2016
Shop K & S Quilts in Historic Downtown Lowell on Tuesday and Saturday from 9am-5pm or Wednesday and Friday …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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