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Whihala Beach, Whiting Lakefront Park, & Whoa Zone Floating Water Park

The Whiting Lakefront and Whihala Beach may be best known for its picturesque views of Chicago's skyline from the sandy beaches and beautiful boardwalk, but this Whiting location also features walking paths, play and picnic areas, a fishing pier, and a floating water park.


Whihala Beach

Whihala Beach

Whihala Beach spans more than 20 acres. Swimming is only permitted when a lifeguard is on duty. Visitors can enjoy the beach, swim and relax on the shores or on a boat. A number of migrating bird species can be seen in the flyway for those interested in bird watching. Paddleboard, kayak, and cabana rentals are also available near the Whoa Zone water park (starting August 2017).

  • Summer Hours: From Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day: 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. (lifeguards from 10:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.)
  • Winter hours (Labor Day [September] thru Memorial Day [May]): 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Whoa Zone


Whoa Zone is Whihala's newest attraction, bringing additional entertainment on the one-acre floating water park. The floating structure includes monkey bars, slides, towers, bridges and jumping platforms for children (7 & up) and adults. Four play areas offer different levels of challenge so both young and old can enjoy the attraction. Visitors are encouraged to schedule their hour-long sessions in advance, especially during busy and hot weekends in the summer.

  • Monkey bars
  • Slides
  • Towers
  • Bridges
  • Jumping Platforms
  • Ages 7 & up
  • Schedule hour-long sessions in advance

Whiting's Lakefront Park


Whiting's Lakefront Park has recently been revamped and offers plenty to do for everyone. Grassy areas are perfect for picnicking and play areas are a favorite for preschool and elementary aged kids. Enjoy hiking the walking paths or playing on the tennis or sand volleyball courts. There is metered parking at the park as well as bathrooms and concessions.

  • Metered parking
  • Hiking and walking paths
  • Bathrooms & Concession Stand

Address information:

Whihala Beach
1561 Park Road
Whiting, IN
(219) 659-0860

Whiting Lakefront Park
East 119th St. & North Front St.
Whiting, IN
(219) 659-7700

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