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Discover exciting winter activities in Northwest Indiana, from sledding and ice skating to cross country skiing.

Shelf Ice

The Indiana Dunes are marvelous year-round. Shelf ice is a natural occurrence that mimics landscapes of arctic regions. It attaches itself to the shores of the beach, not the bottom of Lake Michigan. Waves crash onto the floating ice and collects on the shore, freezing as the temperature drops and creates a shelf.


 

While the casinos along the South Shore are smoking, they also accommodate non-smokers. Here's what you need to know at each location:
 

Ameristar Hotel & Casino - Ameristar's hotel has non-smoking floors; guests can request a room on one of those floors when booking. The casino's non-smoking section slot area is in the back on the first deck. The restaurants at Ameristar Casino are also non-smoking.


 

Photo by Chris Davidson.
 

Lately we've had sightings of merlins at Kankakee Sands. Magical wizards at Kankakee Sands?! That would be incredible! But, well, not exactly. The merlins that are being seen are of the avian sort. "Lady hawk" is another name given to this majestic, light-weight, swift bird because in medieval times, it was the bird of choice for female falconers.



Thanksgiving week is full of activities between cooking, eating and starting your holiday shopping. But if you’re looking for more to do this week – either for grown up fun or just something to keep the kids busy during the long weekend – we got you covered!


 

Ten more bison have just arrived at Kankakee Sands! On the morning of the release, the doors of the trailer swung wide open and the new arrivals bounded out. The Kankakee Sands herd was there ready and waiting to greet them. The two groups sniffed noses, trotted around in excitement and then off they ran as one.


 

If you’re looking to experience a new apple orchard and pumpkin patch that’s not that far from home, then consider County Line Apple Orchard in Hobart, Indiana. Last year, my cousins who live in the Chicago area asked us if we’d like to visit and of course I said yes. We had such a great time, that we made plans to go back again this year. But, we stepped it up a notch.



 This is a special year for us at the South Shore CVA, as it's our tenth year displaying the iconic "A Christmas Story” display windows for "A Christmas Story” Comes Home!

Six displays have turned into seven plus we've added a life-size bronze statue of "Flick” stuck to a flag pole and a number of activities for kids to enjoy!




Plan your visit along the South Shore with these tour itineraries - choose one or all of the activities to make the most of your fall!

Outdoor Adventures

Sandhill Cranes Migration

  1. Fall is a great time to explore the Indiana Dunes. There are more than 50 miles of trails that meander over dunes, through wetlands, bogs, sunny prairies and wooded forests.