Walk miles of hiking trails or swim and dig at the beaches of Indiana Dunes National Park and State Park. See a map of all the beaches in the area here.

Cool off on the slides or wavepool at Deep River Waterpark (discounts available here). Check out the bison at Kankakee Sands or stroll the gardens at Gabis Arboretum or Friendship Botanic Gardens.

Kids 9 and younger can open their imagination at Bellaboo's Play and Discovery Center, offering indoor and outdoor activities.

For indoor fun, check out all the fun you can have in Schererville at Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park, JAK'S Warehouse Family Fun Center or Up Your Alley entertainment facility.

Don't forget to get some treats Albanese Candy or ChicagoLand Popcorn!

For more things to do, click here or for restaurants click here. We also have a page with outdoor dining options here.

Great Outdoors

Indiana Dunes

Learn about the Indiana Dunes State and National Parks. Find things to do, camping and hotels.

Deep River Water Park

The South Shore's premiere waterpark, Deep River opens each summer on Memorial Day weekend. Families from…

Bison at Kankakee Sands

The Nature Conservancy has an extensive bison conservation program, with herds now found on 13 preserves…

Public Gardens

The South Shore has a number of public spaces featuring formal gardens, Japanese gardens, prairies, woods and…


There are miles of beautiful beaches along Lake Michigan's South Shore, including the Indiana Dunes. 

Biking & Hiking Trails

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

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