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

  1. Learn how to be a mascot, practice shooting t-shirts into a crowd and try all the games and activities at Mascot Hall of Fame in Whiting. 

    Heron Rookery Indiana Dunes National Park
  2. Hike the Dunes. Explore the Indiana Dunes National Park or the Indiana Dunes State Park.
  3. Fly through the skies at Edge Adventures at Deep River. This is one of the South Shore’s newest attractions, so be sure to cross it off your list this summer!
  4. Take the journey at the Shrine of Christ’s Passion. Walk the pathway at this free attraction in the South Shore.

    Pierogi Fest Parade
  5. Get wacky at Pierogi Fest. This is the South Shore’s wackiest festival – complete with plenty of Polish food, the Polka Parade and live entertainment. The fun takes place the last weekend in July.
  6. Gather fresh produce and unique finds at Chesterton’s European Market. Open Saturdays from May through October in historic downtown Chesterton.
  7. Skate in downtown Valparaiso. Roller skate rentals are available at Central Park Plaza during summer months.

    Indiana Dunes State Park - Indiana DNR
  8. Relax on the beaches of Lake Michigan. Grab a blanket and sunscreen and enjoy a beautiful day listening to the waves.
  9. Take a selfie with Orville Redenbacher at the Popcorn Festival. Enjoy the vendors and free live entertainment during this annual September event.
  10. Soar down a slide at Deep River Waterpark. Spend the day sliding down waterslides, lounging in the river or splashing in the wave pool.

    Bison at Kankakee Sands
  11. See the bison at Kankakee Sands. You may even see calves! Viewing is open to the public 365 days a year.
  12. Visit WhoaZone, a floating water park at the City of Whiting's Whihala Beach.

    Touch of Dutch Festival
  13. You don't need your wooden shoes to have fun at the annual Touch of Dutch Festival. Enjoy the car show, 5K walk/run, parade and festival in DeMotte.
  14. Camp out under the stars with family and friends.

    Midwest Training and Ice - Skating
  15. Cool off with some indoor ice-skating at Midwest Training and Ice. Open skate is available throughout the week and rentals are available.
  16. Explore the water trails in the South Shore. View our blog post for seasoned paddlers as well as one for those just getting started.
  17. Taste the South Shore’s craft brews. More than 20 breweries call northwest Indiana home.
  18. Catch a game. The SouthShore RailCats offer affordable seats for the entire family.

    Bellaboo's Play and Discovery Center
  19. Discover the fun of being a kid at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center, with indoor and outdoor activities. Ideal for kids 9 and younger.
  20. Enjoy the children's garden at Friendship Botanic Gardens or the Railway Garden at 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!