Looking for some summer fun? Mark these things to do in northwest Indiana this summer off your bucket list!

  1. Hike the Dunes. Explore the Indiana Dunes National Park or the Indiana Dunes State Park.

    Heron Rookery Indiana Dunes National Park
  2. Take the journey at the Shrine of Christ’s Passion. Walk the pathway at this free attraction in the South Shore.

  3. Gather fresh produce and unique finds at Chesterton’s European Market. Open Saturdays from May through October in historic downtown Chesterton.
  4. Splash in downtown Valparaiso.  The Splash Pad is open at Central Park Plaza so come cool off on hot summer days!

    Indiana Dunes State Park - Indiana DNR
  5. Relax on the beaches of Lake Michigan. Grab a blanket and sunscreen and enjoy a beautiful day listening to the waves.
  6. Soar down a slide at Deep River Waterpark. Spend the day sliding down waterslides, lounging in the river or splashing in the wave pool.
  7. Camp out under the stars with family and friends.

    Explore the South Shore’s Water Trails - Part 1: For Beginners
  8. Explore the water trails in the South Shore. View our blog post for seasoned paddlers as well as one for those just getting started.
  9. Taste the South Shore’s creations of craft brews, wines, meads, ciders and spirits.
  10. Enjoy the gardens and trails at Friendship Botanic Gardens or Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest.

Need more to do this summer? Read our blog with an A-Z list of things to do this summer in Northwest Indiana!