South Shore Winter Getaway

Home of Indiana Dunes National Park

Plan a break from everyday life during a winter vacation along the South Shore of Lake Michigan. Explore the snowy landscapes of the Indiana Dunes, retreat to a warm cabin at Serenity Springs, try the creations of the local wineries, breweries, and restaurants plus so much more. 

Located in northwest Indiana, just a short drive from Chicago, the South Shore offers a relaxing, affordable destination to get away with family and friends.

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Kemil Beach Winter - Indiana Dunes National Park Service

Photo credit: National Park Service
 

Winter at the Dunes

The Indiana Dunes are beautiful any time of year, even in the middle of winter.

If freezing temperatures have been the norm for a while, shelf ice builds on the lake, forming beautiful formations you can view from safe locations near the shore. You can also hike along the miles of trails under snow-covered branches.

When there's plenty of snow, bring your own cross-country skis to trek across the beach and down paths. Sled down Devil's Slide at the state park or at West Beach in the national park.

Outdoor Winter Adventures

Winter weather in northwest Indiana can vary quite a bit day by day, and even by your location. Being along the South Shore of Lake Michigan can bring lake effect snow throughout the region, usually heavier the farther east you are. When there's enough snow, head out for cross-country skiing or sledding. If there's just a dusting of snow, or none at all, you can bundle up go for a hike or try ice skating.

Get Outdoors

Ice Skating

Enjoy the outdoors ice skating with family and friends. Too cold? You can skate indoors, too!

Sledding

Sled down the hills at community parks, golf courses and Devil's Slide at Indiana Dunes State Park.

Shelf Ice in the Winter

Freezing temperatures bring with them the formation of shelf ice, a natural occurrence that mimics the…

Indiana Dunes Trails

The Indiana Dunes has an impressive trail system which can be used for hiking, biking, cross-country skiing…

Plan a Winter Getaway - Serenity Springs
 

Unique Places to Stay

When you're planning a relaxing getaway, finding the right place to stay can play a big role in making your experience more memorable.

The South Shore is home to a number of unique bed and breakfasts, vacation rentals by the beach, and cozy inns.

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If you would like to see if there's a hotel that's closer to places you plan to visit, there are plenty to choose from all across the region.

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Shoreline Brewery burger and beer
 

Come Inside to Warm Up

When you're ready to warm up after a day outside, hop on the South Shore Brewery Trail or Winery Trail to experience the region’s finest local craft beers, wines, ciders and meads. Many of the locations offer delicious food options as well and have carry out available, if you prefer.

If you want to test your luck, Northwest Indiana is also home to four casinos.

Northwest Indiana Breweries banner with a flight of beers on a counter

Three bottles of white wine and three reds on either side of a wine glass full of corks

Three women smiling and laughing while playing games at a Northwest Indiana Casino


Bellaboo's Play and Discovery Center - playing pirates

Adventures with the Kids

Create a fun adventure the kids will remember with even more activities they'll love. Tour Albanese Candy Factory and taste fresh gummi bears. Learn while having fun on an interactive farming adventure at Fair Oaks Farms. Expand your little ones' imaginations at Bellaboo's Play and Discovery Center. Spend a day with your family just playing games, climbing, bowling, jumping and more at JAK's Warehouse, Sky Zone, or Up Your Alley.

Up Your Alley seating and bowling alley area
 

Woman selling Sweets and Treats to kids at the Albanese Candy Factory

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