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"A Christmas Story" Comes Home

Featuring six animated displays depicting scenes from "A Christmas Story" ...more

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Quiet Beaches & Lake Michigan

See why the Indiana Dunes are Indiana's most visited state/national parks. Plenty of sun, sand and blue waters for everyone.  Discover a sandy pathway into the dunes or challenge yourself to fresh water charter fishing. Lake Michigan also offers the opportunity to sail or dive one of Lake Michigan's ship wrecks. Sledding and cross-country skiing are popular activities when snow covers the dunes.

Historical Cities to Landmark Towns

Explore the remnants of the "company town," Marktown. Take a walking tour of historic downtown Crown Point including the many shops and restaurants that surround the old Lake County Courthouse.

Family Fun

Take the family to Albanese Confectionery and watch award-winning gummies and chocolate being made. Albanese is also home to the world's tallest chocolate waterfall, a large retail store and offers a video tour. Visit Deep River Waterpark with tube and body slides, two lazy rivers, wacky courthouse and the world's only double dueling cannon bowl ride.

Dining along the South Shore

Award-winning restaurants are located throughout the area. A mansion listed on the National Register of Historic Sites in Crown Point is home to Lucrezia Ristorante. For some of the best Italian cuisine in the Midwest, look no further than Gamba's Restaurant in Merrillville. Exceptional atmosphere, full wine menu and chef's specials make this a local favorite.

Casinos! Casinos! Casinos!

The South Shore is home to 5 lakefront casinos; Horseshoe, Ameristar, Blue Chip and Majestic Star Casinos. With more than 180,000 square feet of excitement and gaming, 7,000 slots and 200 table games see why they are Indiana's most popular and profitable casinos.

Famous Faces

An astronaut that holds the record for the most space walks, the famous foot doctor, the Jackson 5 and the writer of "A Christmas Story" have all called the South Shore home.

Harvest Season

The South Shore is home to numerous Agritourism opportunities. Harvest season is the time to visit County Line Orchard, the closest U-pick apple orchard to Chicago. County Line opens in September and closes at the end of October. The orchard also features special Halloween events and hay rides as well as a pumpkin patch and a corn maze. Buckley Homestead, a living history farm in Lowell features hiking trails, a corn maze and guided tours. Located in Newton County, Fair Oaks Farms, offers young and old a place to learn about modern dairy farming, including the Birthing Barn where you can watch a baby calf be born. Tours are available. Visit the cheese shop and creamery for award winning cheeses, gifts and homemade ice cream.


Nationally-known Pierogi Fest®, Valparaiso's Popcorn Festival and Indiana's oldest Labor Day Parade in Lowell are among the year-round celebrations.


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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
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
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
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
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