See thousands of sandhill cranes - more info here
Visit Jasper-Pulaski Fish & Wildlife Area through December to see thousands of Sandhill Cranes migrating through the area
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Welcome to Lake Michigan's South Shore in Indiana

Beauty, history, fun and excitement are yours to discover along 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. Pick sweet, crisp apples at County Line Orchard or enjoy the local flavor at events such as Valparaiso's Brewfest or Hammond's Bizarre Bazaar.

If it's excitement you like, head to one of our four lakefront casino boats for the thrill of gaming. Take a drive along the lakefront or bike along one of the many trails to enjoy the beautiful fall colors on the Indiana Dunes, then spend the night at one of our wonderful hotels. Savor a craft beer at one of the region's many microbreweries. Whether you're looking for a quiet getaway or an exciting weekend, the South Shore has things to do for everyone.


Thanksgiving Day Brunch at T.J. Maloney’s Authentic Irish Pub

Celebrate this year's "Turkey Day" with Thanksgiving Day Brunch at T.J. Maloney's Authentic Irish Pub. Operating under...more

Winter Market

Holiday crafts, bakery items and food in the Courthouse's Maki Ballroom....more

"A Christmas Story" Comes Home

11/8/14 – 1/4/15
The Indiana Welcome Center features six animated displays depicting scenes from the holiday classic "A Christmas...more

Late Fall Wander

Take an easy 45-minute stroll with the naturalist this morning. We'll explore the late fall happenings in the forest as well as...more

Midnight Madness

11/28/14 – 11/30/14
Opening after midnight after Thanksgiving ends, the After Thanksgiving Weekend Sale featuring Midnight Madness is the place to be...more


12/1/14 – 12/31/15
Pete, Tina, and Petey Basala's amazing Christmas display in Hammond, Indiana! Come by and see the new reindeer for this year....more

The Nutcracker

12/3/14 – 12/4/14
Join Indiana Ballet Theatre in celebrating a 18 year partnership with the Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville, IN for their...more

Holiday Traditions Program at National Lakeshore

Enjoy live holiday music and dance, tour two historic homes decked out in their holiday finest, let the kids make some holiday...more

New Year's Eve Bash

Exciting New Year's Eve Bash - TJ Maloney's Entertainment includes the Celebrity Ballroom Party with DJ, Mr. Funnyman in the...more

Winter Open House - Dunes Learning Center

Don't let shorter days and cooler temperatures keep you inside. Visit Dunes Learning Center for an afternoon of outdoor...more

Visit the Wineries

Fall is the best time to visit the wineries, enjoy a tasting & purchase bottles for holiday gifts......more

Holiday Artisan Market

Shop for handmade, finely crafted items perfect for holiday gift giving at Lubeznik Center for the …...more
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Special Offers

Free gift at Felicia's Antiques in Lowell

March 06 – December 31, 2014
Receive a free gift with purchase at Felicia's Antiques in Historic Downtown Lowell. Shop Tuesday through …more




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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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