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The South Shore is filled with a variety of outdoor adventures including hiking the majestic dunes along the shores of Lake Michigan, cycling more than 160 miles of paved trails and rugged terrain or gazing at the vast skies at night

Pose with public art throughout northwest Indiana like the larger-than-life murals along the Rensselaer Art Walk, sit with Orville Redenbacher downtown Valparaiso or take a photo with "Flick" stuck to the flagpole at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond.

Visit the South Shore's quaint downtowns to shop or dine or follow your own path along the South Shore Brewery Trail to find your favorite brew.

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      Things to Do - Frequently Asked Questions

      What attractions are unique to Indiana's South Shore region?

      Indiana's South Shore is home to many unique attractions. The Indiana Dunes National Park is a treasure of diverse natural resources comprised of more than 15,000 acres of dunes, oak savannas, swamps, bogs, marshes, prairies, rivers and forests along Lake Michigan's South Shore. Further south at Kankakee Sands you can watch a herd of bison roam the prairie. Fair Oaks Farms offers the experience of modern day farming in a fun, interactive setting. Don't forget to stop at Albanese Candy factory for the freshest gummis you can find!

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      What is there to do at the Indiana Dunes?

      The Indiana Dunes has so much more to offer than just its beautiful beaches. Hike or bike more than 60 miles of trails through woods, marshes and dunes. Set up camp under the stars. Try to spy more than 350 different bird species. Canoe or kayak through streams and rivers. Feed the farm animals at Chellberg Farm.

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      Are there any free things to do in Northern Indiana's South Shore area?

      There are many free things to do along Lake Michigan's South Shore. Travel by foot or bike along miles of trails or kayak through lakes and rivers. Take the kids to the many parks throughout the area. Journey through the Shrine of Christ's Passion or visit numerous art galleries. Watch vintage baseball with the Deep River Grinders or stroll through the farmers' markets. In the winter, sled down Devil's Slide or view the shelf ice at the Indiana Dunes.

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      Where can I enjoy outdoor recreation in Northern Indiana?

      The South Shore of Lake Michigan offers plenty of locations to enjoy the great outdoors in every season. Visit the Indiana Dunes for fishing, swimming, hiking, cross-country skiing, birding and camping. Book a fishing charter on Lake Michigan or kayak along miles of water trails. Play a round of golf at Lost Marsh or spend the day splashing at Deep River Waterpark. Stroll the public gardens at Friendship Botanic Gardens or Gabis Arboretum.

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