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Splashin' Around

For a splashin' good time, visit one of the South Shore's fabulous water attractions. Whether your family prefers water parks, Lake Michigan beaches or splash pads, you're sure to find the perfect way to cool down on a hot summer day along the South Shore.

Deep River Waterpark offers splashtastic fun for the whole family. The Bayou River Ride is the perfect place to float down the lazy river. The Rip Tide Wave Pool features alternating calm water and ocean waves, while the tube slides and body slides offer wet, winding adventures for single riders or doubles. Deep River offers many amenities, including a wide variety of food and beverage options, the US 30 Surf Shop, and rental lockers and tubes. Floatin', Splashin', Lodgin' & Campin' packages are available for a perfect get-a-way for the whole family. Deep River Waterpark is very family-friendly, offering free parking and allowing coolers in the park.

The state-of-the-art Aquatic Play Center at Wolf Lake Memorial Park is a perfect way for kids 12 and under to cool off during the summer. The facility also features a concession stand, picnic areas and a playground, and can be rented out for parties.

The Indiana Dunes boasts 25 miles of gorgeous sand beaches along Lake Michigan. Perfect for swimming, sunbathing, building sand castles, geocaching, flying kites and playing games, these beautiful beaches are sure to please. Choose from such locations as Indiana Dunes State Park in Chesterton, Dunbar Beach in Beverly Shores, Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk, and Porter Beach.

Whihala Beach is part of Whiting's magnificent lakefront development, which also features Oil City Stadium, home to the Northwest Indiana Oilmen collegiate baseball league team, a fishing pier, pavilion, lakefront gazebo, concessions and a boat launch.  Washington Park and Beach in Michigan City is great for families, including playgrounds, splash pad and a zoo across the street.

Your family is sure to find the perfect way to cool down and have a splashin' good time along the South Shore.

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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

Central Avenue Beach

  • Central Avenue and Valley Avenue
  • Michigan City, IN 46360
  • Region: Michigan City
  • Phone: (219) 926-7561
  • Website

Part of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. During the spring and summer, watch the Bank Swallows come and go from their nests in the dunes. Observe the dragonflies flying overhead as you walk to … More

Deep River Waterpark

  • 9001 E US Hwy 30
  • Crown Point, IN 46307
  • Region: Merrillville
  • Phone: (219) 947-7850
  • Website | Email

Located just off I-65 on US Hwy 30 you'll find the Midwest's Favorite Waterpark!  Deep River Waterpark is one of the Midwest's largest outdoor water parks and features activities for all ages. Wave … More

Dunbar Beach

  • Lakefront Drive
  • Beverly Shores, IN 46301
  • Region: Beverly Shores
  • Phone: (219) 395-1882

Part of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Swimming permitted, no lifeguards on duty. Swim at your own risk, rip currents and waves can make swimming hazardous. Hours: 6 am to 9 pm, daily. … More

Dunes Learning Center

  • 700 Howe Rd.
  • Chesterton, IN 46304
  • Region: Chesterton
  • Phone: (219) 395-9555 x1
  • Email

Located in the spectacularly biodiverse Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Dunes Learning Center provides exceptional outdoor experiences to children and adults, inspiring community, environmental … More

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

  • 1215 N. State Rd. 49
  • Porter, IN 46304
  • Region: Porter
  • Phone: (219) 926-7561
  • Website

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is a treasure of diverse natural resources located within an urban setting. The national lakeshore features communities that have both scientific and historic … More

Indiana Dunes State Park

  • 1600 N 25 E
  • Chesterton, IN 46304
  • Region: Chesterton
  • Phone: (219) 926-1952
  • Website

Hours: 7am to 11pm., swimming from 11am to 6pm. Fees: $7 for Indiana drivers, $12 for out-of-state drivers. Lot capacity: Plenty of parking. Amenities: Concessions, restrooms, lifeguard, picnic … More

Kemil Beach

  • E State Park Road
  • Beverly Shores, IN 46301
  • Region: Beverly Shores
  • Phone: (219) 926-7561
  • Website

Part of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Swimming permitted, no lifeguards on duty. Swim at your own risk, rip currents and waves can make swimming hazardous. Hike and bird watch along the … More

Lake View

  • NW Corner of Lakefront Drive & Broadway Street
  • Beverly Shores, IN 46301
  • Region: Beverly Shores
  • Phone: (219) 926-7561
  • Website

Part of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Swimming permitted, no lifeguards on duty. Swim at your own risk, as rip currents and waves can make swimming hazardous. Picnic at this area that … More

Marquette Park

  • 598 N. Grand Blvd.
  • Gary, IN 46403
  • Region: Gary
  • Phone: (219) 938-7362
  • Website

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

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