Road Trips: 21+ Crowd
It's time to use your vacation days and escape to the South Shore of Lake Michigan! Discover handcrafted wines, cocktails and beers. Head outdoors to relax along the beach, hike the trails or cross-country ski at the Indiana Dunes National Park. Try your luck at the slots or table games at one of four casinos, or catch a concert at the many festivals and events. Spend a night out with a delicious dinner followed by games like bowling, axe throwing or laser tag. Whatever you fill your trip schedule with, you're sure to enjoy the break away from the everyday.
The Great Outdoors
Embark on a one-of-a-kind adventure exploring the most diverse landscapes in the Midwest. Hike the towering dunes and through forests, cycle miles of trails, camp under the stars or paddle and fish on our open waters. Keep your eyes open for rare birds and native plant life you won’t find anywhere else. Outdoor activities are available year-round, from relaxing on the beaches in the summer to cross-country skiing in the winter. The crown jewels of outdoor activities are the Indiana Dunes National Park and State Park, stretching 25 miles along the south shore of Lake Michigan.
If you enjoy holiday light displays, visit Fair Oaks Farms' Forest of Lights to see changing scenes of lights along with bonfires for making s’mores and stations to purchase warm drinks and adult beverages. They have a Holiday Market, too where you can pick up local jams, jellies, honey and crafts, poinsettias, Christmas decor and more. Discover even more holiday light displays in the region here.
They also offer ice skating in their arena and a 135-foot-long ice slide you can use all winter long! Afterward, enjoy dinner in a private, heated igloo at their Farmhouse Restaurant. Don't forget to book one or more of their interactive farming adventures - pig, dairy or crop - offered all year long. For a chance to see everything Fair Oaks Farms has to offer, stay the night at the Fairfieldby Marriott® onsite.
Sips Along the Shore
Breweries & Distilleries
Grab a brew and find your new favorite ales, pilsners, stouts or IPAs during your visit. With more than twenty breweries to choose from, there is one to fit your style! Relax on Shoreline Brewery’s patio, enjoy live music at Zorn, or pair your beer with amazing food at Byway Brewing. Go for a brewery tour, rent a bus and hit a few of your favorites!
Wineries, Cideries & Meaderies
There is no shortage of wineries along the south shore! No matter if you prefer a sweet Moscato or a dry cabernet there is something for you.
Live Music and Shows
If live entertainment is your go-to for fun, there is much to enjoy in the South Shore. Head to Hobart Art Theatre or Hard Rock Casino for live concerts from local bands and famous artists or laugh out loud alongside well-known comedians.
Play Like a Kid
Up Your Alley has great food, cocktails and a large selection of draft beer, but the best part is they also have bowling, axe throwing, an arcade, laser tag and cybersport! Not far away is JAK'S Warehouse with rock walls, sky trail ropes courses, indoor bumper cars and go-karts plus plenty of modern arcade games.
Where to Stay
Rent a vacation home for the entire family close to the beach at Beachwalk Vacation Rentals or Miller Beach Vacation Rentals. Stay at the Brewery Lodge in Michigan City - a 12-suite boutique hotel on a 40 acre wooded tract, complete with a craft beer and wine bar.
Visit our blog post for more unique places to stay, here.
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