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Marquette Park in Gary is a beautiful spot on the beaches of Lake Michigan with boat launch, trails and cool waters. The park is also home to the annual South Shore Air Show in July.
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Gary Great Outdoors

There are so many exciting outdoor activities in Gary, Indiana that it's hard to know where to start! Visitors can head to Marquette Park for a picnic under a shady tree, or hit Wells Street Beach and Lake Street Beach for some fun in the sand and surf. Those looking for a real outdoor adventure can hike through the unique ecosystems of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore on their way to the Douglas Center for Environmental Education. No matter what you choose, outdoor fun is yours to be had on the South Shore of Lake Michigan. 

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Marquette Park

  • 598 N. Grand Blvd.
  • Gary, IN 46403

Hours: Beaches are open from dawn to dusk daily - Memorial Day through Labor Day. Lifeguards are on duty 10am to 6pm. Fees: Parking for Beach - $3 Resident, $5 Non-Resident. Amenities: … More

Marquette Trail

  • County Line Road and Main Street
  • Gary, IN 46408

Part of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Marquette Trail a multi-use trail that runs about 2 miles from County Line Road at West Beach on the east and Grand Boulevard on the west. The trail is … More

Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education

  • 7-85 N Lake St
  • Gary, IN 46403

The Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education will be closed for construction December 1, 2017 to March 17, 2018. Part of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. The Lake County Solid Waste … More

Wells Street Beach

  • 9501 Lake Shore Dr.
  • Gary, IN 46403

Hours: 9am to 8pm (changes with the summer season and, as always, weather pending) Fees: $9 on weekdays, $10 on weekends/holidays (cash only). Special event prices will be listed on their facebook … More

West Beach

  • 376 North County Line Road
  • Gary, IN 46303

Part of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Named one of the 10 Best National Park Beaches and 10 Best Freshwater Beaches by USA Today in 2016 and the 10 Best Beaches for Families in 2011 by … More

Brother Nature Charters

  • Hammond/East Chicago/Portage
  • Phone: (877) 725-6665

Lake Street Beach

  • Lake Street & Lake Michigan
  • Gary, IN 46403

Miller Beach Farmers’ Market

  • 667 South Lake St
  • Gary, IN 46307
  • Phone: (219) 951-9393
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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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