Michigan City Things to Do

Michigan City, Indiana, on the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan, offers visitors a wide variety of interesting and exciting things to do, including arts and culture, shopping and outdoor activities.

Experience the Outdoors

Outdoor activities abound with Michigan City's beaches, parks, trails, gardens and more.

Michigan City family by the Lighthouse

A trip to Michigan City isn't complete without a visit to the picturesque lighthouse and pier at Washington Park. Built in 1904, the lighthouse is the only one publicly operated in Indiana. The pier is the perfect spot to do some fishing and watch sunsets over the lake. At the park you'll find a beautiful beach, splash pad, lakefront park with shelters plus a zoo the kids will love!

Harbor Country Adventures cruise

Explore Lake Michgian with Harbor Country Adventures aboard a high-speed boat or a relaxing cruise ship. Like to fish? Schedule a fishing charter with one of the Indiana North Coast Charter Association members to catch some salmon, stealhead and trout.

Indiana Dunes birding

Bicyclists and hikers will appreciate the Calumet Bike Trail and the Heron Rookery Trail, both of which are excellent spots for birding and wildlife watching. Beach lovers will soak up the sun at Central Avenue Beach, part of the Indiana Dunes National Park.

Friendship Botanic Gardens

Wander through the beautiful Friendship Botanic Gardens or Brincka Cross Gardens. Find a variety of locally grown foods and artisan goods at the Michigan City Farmers Market or visit the u-picks and orchards. Golfers will enjoy Michigan City Municipal Golf's North and South Courses.

Take in the Arts

Indulge your artistic side, admiring the artwork at a gallery or enjoying a live concert or theater production.

Lubeznik Center for the Arts

Patrons of the arts will enjoy all that the Lubeznik Center for the Arts offers, including art galleries, exhibitions, art education and an annual art festival. Visitors can take in concerts and shows featuring nationally known entertainers at the Blue Chip Casino, or watch productions at Dunes Summer Theatre or Footlight Players. The Uptown Center for the Performing Arts offers concerts featuring local and nationwide talent.

Sip on a Drink

Michigan City has options for both the wine and beer connoisseurs.

Shoreline Brewery beer and tacos

Wine lovers can not only find fabulous regional wines at Shady Creek Winery, they can also enjoy live entertainment on Sundays. Craft beer enthusiasts should stop by Burn'Em Brewing or Shoreline Brewery to try their newest brews.

Go Shopping

Which do you prefer - outlet shopping or antiquing?


Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets offer 120 outlet stores for the discriminating shopper, such as Vera Bradley, Under Armour, Nike, Michael Kors, Kate Spade, Levi's and Beef Jerky Outlet. Michigan City also has a wide variety of locally owned and nationally known stores, as well as the popular Antique Market.

More Things to Do

Even more activities to fill your day in Michigan City.

Barker Mansion Michigan City

History buffs can learn about the region at Barker Mansion and the Old Lighthouse Museum. Blue Chip Casino provides excellent gaming opportunities, a variety of delicious restaurants and year-round entertainment.

Savor a delicious meal indoors or out at one of the many restaurants. Make a stop at Bubbles or Cabo's ice cream shops for delicious frozen treats, perfect for hot summer days.

No matter what your interests are, Michigan City's large selection of things to do is sure to please.