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Plan to bike or walk along some of the winding trails in the South Shore with these trail maps...more

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$5 Chicken Wraps at St. John Malt Brothers

Take advantage of $5 chicken wraps every Wednesday at St. John Malt Brothers Craft Brewers.more

Indiana Dunes Events

Every season at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and the State Park is full of events. From Maple Sugar Time to tours of the old Bailly Homestead and Chellberg Farm to guided hikes, you'll find a variety of events going on at the Indiana Dunes.

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Special Events

Dunes Vintage Camper Rally & Glamping Weekend

April 28, 2017 to April 30, 2017 (Recurring daily)

Indiana Dunes State Park will offer a special themed weekend to explore the natural and cultural resources in the dunes from a glamping perspective April 28-30, 2017.Glamorous camping, or glamping, is a way to experience the splendor of the outdoors without forgoing the creature comforts you can't live without. Whether in a tent, yurt, airstream, or tree house, it's camping on ... More

Green Gary Day

April 29, 2017

Join rangers and partners for the annual Green Gary Day in celebration of both National Park Week and Earth Day. This free, family-oriented event takes place at the national lakeshore's Paul H. Douglas Center and features hikes, kids'activities and guest speakers throughout the day. For more information on this program and for a schedule for the day, call 219-395-1821. The Pau... More

Orientation to Orienteering

April 29, 2017

Join staff and map lovers for an introduction to orienteering at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.Come learn how to navigate with a map and compass. Leave your GPS at home, because this program is going to teach you how to use the terrain around you and the direction you are facing to get to where you want to go. Bring a friend, and be prepared to help each other complete a... More

Indiana Dunes Birding Festival

May 04, 2017 to May 07, 2017 (Recurring daily)

Celebrate the migration of birdlife through the Indiana Dunes region this May 4 to 7 at the 3rd annual Indiana Dunes Birding Festival.  The festival is a joint partnership with the region’s major environmental groups highlighting the dunes area’s rich biodiversity and bird watching opportunities to create a positive impact on the economic, conservation, and environmental educat... More

Logs to Lustron Tour

May 12, 2017 to May 14, 2017 (Recurring daily)

More information will be made available closer to the time of the event. Reservations will be required. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, call 219-395-1882. More

On-Going Events

Nature Tots

Started March 08, 2017 (Recurring monthly on the 2nd Wednesday)

Parents and toddlers are invited to participate in Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's new Nature Tot's program at the Douglas Center for Environmental Education. Nature Tots, aged 2-4, will learn about nature through a ranger-led story time, crafts and outdoor play. Parents will enjoy meeting other parents and learning fun ideas for bringing nature into their child's life. Thi... More

Music Heritage Series

Started March 17, 2017 (Recurring monthly on the 3rd Friday)

Every 3rd Friday of the month, join the Save the Tunes Council, a local group of musicians devoted to preserving and passing on traditional folk songs. More

Family Day at the Douglas Center

Started April 15, 2017 (Every Saturday)

Enjoy hands-on family activities in the park's west end visitor center, especially the new Nature Play Zone where unstructured play in nature is the tradition. Help feed the center's resident turtles or fish or join a ranger for a hike in Miller Woods. More

Stargazing at Kemil Beach

April 15, 2017 to June 17, 2017 (Recurring monthly on the 3rd Saturday)
  • Venue: Kemil Beach
  • E State Park Road
  • Beverly Shores, IN 46301
  • Times: Check Website for times
  • Admission: Free
  • Phone: 219-395-1882
  • Website

Join members of the Chicago Astronomical Society to get a closer look at the evening sky over Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Weather permitting, see star clusters, galaxies, nebulae, planets, meteors, and learn about constellation lore from the darkest site in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Held on the third Saturday of every month from Jan. to Dec. (except March and ... More

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