Things to Do

Family Fun

Whether you are looking for indoor or outdoor activities to enjoy between games, you can find them along the South Shore of Lake Michigan!

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.

Outdoor Activities

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 in Northwest Indiana along the South Shore of Lake Michigan, including…

Biking & Hiking Trails

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

Family Attractions

Albanese Confectionery

  • 5441 E. U.S. 30
  • 855-272-3227

For over 30 years Albanese has been making the World's Best Gummies, chocolates, and fresh roasted nutmeats…

Up Your Alley

  • 1048 US Highway 41
  • (219) 440-7657

We offer a boutique bowling experience where an upscale restaurant and bar collide with an entertainment…

JAK'S Warehouse

  • 221 Indianapolis Blvd
  • (219) 322-5257

JAK'S Warehouse is Northwest Indiana’s premier Indoor Family Fun Center! Located on Route 41 in Schererville…

Fair Oaks Farms Adventure Center

  • 856 N. 600 E.
  • 219-394-2025

Agritourism's "Disneyland" offers behind-the-scenes tours of how modern dairy and pig farms operate. Enjoy…

Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park

  • 1035 Eagle Ridge Dr.
  • (219) 227-3777

We're the originators of wall-to-wall aerial action, and we never stand still. We have amazing freestyle…

ChicagoLand Popcorn - Merrillville

  • 5470 West Lincoln Highway
  • (219) 940-1140

ChicagoLand Popcorn offers more than 250 seasonal flavors of delicious freshly popped gourmet popcorn. Our…

Dig the Dunes Trail Stop

  • 1000 Riverwalk Dr.
  • (219) 716-2225

Dig the Dunes Trail Stop is the only location along the shores of the Indiana Dunes National Park where you…