South Shore Posters
The beautiful Indiana Dunes have been the inspiration for many of the paintings in the South Shore poster series, as well as for independent artists from around the country.
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Indiana Dunes

The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and Indiana Dunes State Park are a nature lover's paradise. Starting in Gary, Indiana and stretching 25 miles east along the southern shores of Lake Michigan, the parks are a popular destination for visitors. Nearly 4 million guests enjoy the Indiana Dunes each year!

Comprised of more than15,000 acres of dunes, oak savannas, swamps, bogs, marshes, prairies, rivers and forests, the Indiana Dunes offers a wide variety of year-round activities. Visitors can take advantage of beautiful sandy beaches, unique hiking trails and the historic sites of Bailly Homestead and Chellberg Farm.

There are a wide variety of options for that perfect camping trip with more than 200 camping sites available, from tent or primitive sites to sites with electric hook-ups. Cabin rentals are another great option for a relaxing family getaway. For those wishing for a more modern place to stay, there are many hotels located near the parks.

Home to more than 350 species of birds and 1,100 flowering plant species and ferns, the Indiana Dunes is a fantastic place to bird watch or explore nature's beauty. The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and Indiana Dunes State Park contain a variety of different habitats that have fascinated botanists for decades. Explore Cowles Bog, Long Lake, Mount Tom, Inland Marsh or Miller Woods to discover these amazing habitats and the plant and animal life that they sustain.

Fishing, swimming, picnicking, geocaching, hiking, biking, cross-country skiing and more are available at the Indiana Dunes. Events like Maple Sugar Time, the Sand Sculpture Contest, the Snowshoe Shuffle and a wide variety of interpretive programs are just a few of the fun and exciting things to do at the dunes.

No matter what season you choose to visit the Indiana Dunes, there will always be a wealth of fun, educational and intriguing things to discover!





Hotels Near Indiana Dunes
With all the fun you can have year round at the Indiana Dunes, make your visit a getaway by staying at a nearby hotel… more

Indiana Dunes Featured Events

Family Day at the Douglas Center

Every Saturday: Join a ranger for an open house at the National Lakeshore's Douglas Center ...more
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