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Picking sweet apples at County Line Orchard, sampling fall brews at the local breweries and bird watching at the dunes are just a few of the fun things to do this season.
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Hammond Holiday Parade

On December 5th in Hammond, join the fun at a great kickoff to the 2015 Holiday Season...more

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Stay Close Explore More at Serenity Springs

Stay any 3 nights for $599. Visit local shops and wineries. Press your luck at one of the two nearby casinos. …more

Things to Do

The South Shore is filled with family-friendly attractions like Albanese Candy Factory, Deep River Waterpark and Challenger Learning Center. Agritourism opportunities abound at County Line Orchard, Fair Oaks Farms and JT Shrimp. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the Indiana Dunes, pontoon boat rides with Cedar Lake Sunset Cruises as well as the many beautiful parks, trails and lakes in the region. History buffs can choose from an array of historical sites, museums and memorials. Cultural opportunities, such as the Indiana Ballet Theatre, White Ripple Gallery and the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra, will enthrall both young and old alike.


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119th St. Downtown Whiting

  • 1443 - 119th St.
  • Whiting, IN 46394
  • Region: Whiting
  • Phone: (219) 659-7700
  • Website

Visit Whiting's Downtown 119th St., a distinctive district and corridor to Lake Michigan's shoreline. The perfect place for family and friends to wine, dine and shop! … More

49er Drive-In Theatre

  • 675 N. Calumet Ave.
  • Valparaiso, IN 46383

Double features played nightly at Northwest Indiana's only drive-in theatre. Winner of R.O.S.E. Award for attraction of the year in 2014. Family entertainment at its best since 1956. … More

The Annual Recognition of Service Excellence (R.O.S.E.) Award

Ameristar Casino Hotel

  • 777 Ameristar Boulevard
  • East Chicago, IN 46312
  • Region: East Chicago
  • Phone: (866) 711-GAME | Toll-Free: (866) 711-GAME
  • Website

With more than 56,000 square feet of casino floor, the Ameristar Casino & Hotel East Chicago gives guests even more opportunities to win big in their spacious, comfortable, and friendly gaming … More

Antique Snowmobile Museum of Indiana

  • 124 E. State Street
  • Morocco, IN 47963
  • Region: Newton County
  • Phone: (219) 285-2008
  • Website

Indiana's only antique snowmobile museum began when snowmobile enthusiast Dan Blaney purchased his second "older" snowmobile, and his wife jokingly had a sign made saying "Dan Blaney's Antique … More

The Annual Recognition of Service Excellence (R.O.S.E.) Award

Aquatic Play Center

  • 2100 Calumet Ave
  • Hammond, IN 46320
  • Region: Hammond
  • Phone: (219) 937-7942
  • Website

Bring the kids out (ages 12 and under) to enjoy a splash pad, concession stand, picnic areas and playground. The first 90 minute session begins at 10 am daily (weather permitting). Children … 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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