Plan a Summer Vacation on Lake Michigan

Plan Your Getaway

Did you know that 662 million vacation days go unused each year? Now is the perfect time to start planning your summer visit to warm, sandy beaches along Lake Michigan's South Shore. See More

Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana

Hard Rock Casino Opens in Gary

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Welcome to the South Shore

Plan your getaway along the South Shore of Lake Michigan, home of the Indiana Dunes National Park!

Enjoy our miles of beaches and trails, unique attractions, exciting casinos and delicious restaurants. On this site, you'll find everything you need to plan a fun, affordable trip with family and friends.

Right now, most of Northwest Indiana's restaurants, attractions and outdoor spaces are open. The State of Indiana strongly recommends everyone wear a mask when you cannot socially distance, and many businesses require them indoors so it's best to have one with you. Learn more here.

Stay up to date with what's happening in the area on our Facebook page and Instagram account @AlongtheSouthShore.

Great Outdoors in Northwest Indiana

Head outside to take a walk, run, ride a bike, geocache, relax on the beachesgo fishing or boating.

Discover Things to Do

30 Unique Attractions

We invite you to enjoy 30 of the South Shore's unique and can't miss attractions.
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Indiana Dunes

Learn about the Indiana Dunes State and National Parks. Find things to do, camping and hotels.
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There are miles of beautiful beaches in Northwest Indiana along the South Shore of Lake Michigan, including the Indiana Dunes beaches. 
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Family Fun

Explore fun things your family can do including waterparks, beaches, farm adventures & more.
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Biking & Hiking Trails

Northwest Indiana and parts of Eastern Illinois contain 125 miles of biking and walking trails.
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Outdoor Recreation

Whether your preference is having fun in the sun or playing in the snow, there's an activity to please every outdoor enthusiast!
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Shop the many antique and specialty stores. You'll also find an outdoor discount outlet center and enclosed shopping malls.
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Arts & Culture

Explore the arts along Lake Michigan's South Shore with museums, art galleries, theaters and more.
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Breweries, Wineries & More

Find dozens of breweries, wineries & distilleries in Northwest Indiana.
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Hotels in the South Shore are a comfortable alternative to Chicago's prices. 
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Get out and explore the South Shore - AmbassadorSouth Shore Ambassadors

We love to showcase what the South Shore has to offer, but don't just take our word for it ... check out the social media posts below from our South Shore Ambassadors. These are people who love the region and want to share their favorite activities, restaurants and attractions! Learn more about them here.

Request More Information

Would you like more information about the South Shore and the Indiana Dunes? Use the links below to request a visitor's guide be mailed to you, download our Indiana Dunes brochure, join our e-newsletter list or sign up for text alerts.

• Mail me a Visitor's Guide

• Email me the South Shore Explorer Newsletter

• Download the Indiana Dunes Brochure

• Send me Text Alerts