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Michigan City, Indiana

Michigan City dates back to 1830, when a real estate speculator, Isaac C. Elston, purchased 160 acres of land. In the six years that followed, the city grew to encompass 15 square miles, had 10 hotels, a commercial district and more than 1,500 residents.

In the many years since the city's incorporation in 1836, Michigan City has grown to be a large, vibrant city. Attracting thousands of visitors to the Indiana Dunes and the Lake Michigan shoreline, this lakeside city boasts many attractions, including Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets, Washington Park and Zoo, Blue Chip Casino, Hotel and Spa, and Lubeznik Center for the Arts.

Visitors can choose from a variety of lodging options, including hotels, cabins, inns and campgrounds. A multitude of dining options is also available, such as fine dining, lakefront restaurants, ethnic offerings, breweries and popular national chain restaurants, as well as local favorites.

Michigan City is home to many events and festivals. Enjoy the Super Boat Grand Prix at the Great Lakes Fest or the work of fine artists and crafts people at the Lakefront Art Festival in August. Participate in a fishing tournament or listen to the weekly summer municipal band concerts in Washington Park. With the abundance of sporting, entertainment, historical, shopping and fine arts options available in Michigan City, visitors are sure to find the perfect way to enjoy their stay.

For more information, please contact:

City of Michigan City
100 East Michigan Boulevard
Michigan City, IN 46360

Michigan City Chamber of Commerce
200 East Michigan Boulevard
Michigan City, IN 46360

Michigan City FAQs

What restaurants are there in Michigan City?

There are lots of restaurant choices in Michigan City. Sunset Grille, open seasonally, and Bartlett's Fish Camp both offer dining right near Lake Michigan. Shoreline Brewery has amazing craft beers and delicious food to go with it. If you are 21 and older, enjoy an intimate dinner at Patrick's Grill or find a more casual atmosphere and outdoor dining options at Matey's. More local favorites include Cool Runnings Restaurant and Bar, Fiddlehead, Galveston Steakhouse, Hokkaido Japanese Restaurant, Leeds Public House, Dune Billies Beach Cafe, Royale with Cheese and Mucho Mas.

Michigan City Restaurants

What are the top things to do in Michigan City?

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The top thing to do in Michigan City is visit Washington Park where you'll find a lighthouse and pier, beach, splash pad and zoo. Indiana Dunes National Park has two beaches in Michigan City - Central Avenue Beach and Mt. Baldy - as well as trails. Other outdoor activities include Friendship Botanic GardensHarbor Country Adventures boat tours and fishing charters. If you love art, visit Lubeznik Center for the Arts or shoppers will enjoy Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets. For those 21+, try your luck at Blue Chip Casino or grab a drink at Shady Creek Winery, Shoreline Brewery and Burn 'Em Brewing.

Michigan City Things to Do

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