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South Shore Fall Getaway

Home of the Indiana Dunes National Park

Get ready to relax and enjoy time with family and friends during a fall vacation along the South Shore of Lake Michigan. Located in the northwest corner of Indiana - just 45 minutes from Chicago - the South Shore offers miles of trails, orchards, fun attractions, local wineries and breweries plus so much more.

Connect with Nature

Northwest Indiana offers a wide array of ways to venture out and explore the natural world. Crunch leaves under your feet along miles of trails, bite into fresh apples picked right off the tree or watch the majestic bison roam and the cranes migrate through the region.

Autumn-colored trees along Cowles Bog Trail in the Fall

Trails Full of Color

Immerse yourself in nature hiking along the trails, with trees full of color, at the Indiana Dunes National Park or State Park. Combined, the parks offer more than 60 miles of hiking and biking trails where you can try to spot wildlife, climb sand dunes and explore forests, swamps and savannas. 


Close up of a Fair Oaks Farm Orchard apple on a branch

Orchards and Upicks

Pick some apples and fill up on treats like apple cinnamon donuts at County Line Orchard. You will find an orchard at Fair Oaks Farms too, along with tons of other activities where you can learn about modern-day farming practices.


Two Sandhill Cranes flying away by Jasper Pulaski

Nature in Action

Visit Kankakee Sands to see the bison roaming the prairies. Or head out to Jasper-County Fish and Wildlife Area to watch as thousands of migrating Sandhill Cranes make their stopover on their way to the southern states. 


Parents holding their kids while watching the sunset at Fair Oaks Farms Orchard

Fair Oaks Farms Getaway

Fair Oaks Farms is an attraction you don't want to miss on your visit!  Learn about modern-day farming on their Dairy, Crop, or Pig Adventures, stroll the apple orchard, pick out a pumpkin and dine at the Farmhouse Restaurant.


This fall, Fair Oaks Farms is offering a special getaway package. Enjoy free admission for two guests to their orchard, a free 10 lb. bag of apples, two free adventure tour tickets and 50% off all other tickets purchased at the front desk. You get all of this plus a stay in the contemporary barn-like setting at the Fairfield by Marriott on site. 


Relax and Enjoy at Aftermath Cidery and Winery

Sip a Drink and Ante Up

Hop on the South Shore Brewery Trail to experience the region’s finest local craft beers. With more than 25 breweries, you are sure to find a style of beer you will love! If wine, cider or mead is more to your liking, the South Shore Winery Trail is sure to have what you’re looking for. 

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

Fun with the Kids at Bellaboo's Play and Discovery Center

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

Miller Beach Vacation Rental with a beautiful panoramic view of the lake

Where to Stay

Our hotels will cater to your every need whether it's a vacation with the kids, a getaway with friends or a romantic escape. Rent a vacation home for your entire group close to the Indiana Dunes at Beachwalk Vacation Rentals or Miller Beach Vacation Rentals.

If you are looking for a couple’s retreat, Serenity Springs is away from it all nestled on 85 private wooded acres. 


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