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South Shore Summer Getaway

Home of the Indiana Dunes

Come visit the South Shore of Lake Michigan for a fun and relaxing summer vacation with family or friends.

Explore all the Indiana Dunes National Park and State Park have to offer including miles of trails, beautiful beaches, camping sites, a wide variety of wildlife, birds and plants to discover and more. Take the kids to jump, play, learn and splash. Watch bison roam the prairie, visit a candy factory and more at one of our 30 unique attractions.

Dine at local restaurants, many offering indoor and outdoor seating options. Find your favorite drink at our region's breweries and wineries

Located in the northwest corner of Indiana - just a short drive from Chicago - the South Shore offers the perfect destination to get away!

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Summer Along the South Shore

Connect with Nature

The trails and beaches at the Indiana Dunes and surrounding areas are just some of the outdoor activities you can enjoy along the South Shore. Find opportunities for kayaking, fishing, golfing, boating, camping and so much more!

Washington Park Beach - agirlandherphotographs


Along the southern Lake Michigan shoreline, there are more than a dozen beaches inside and outside the Indiana Dunes parks. Plan some time to splash, lounge, stroll and build sandcastles.

Northwest Indiana Bike Trails


Northwest Indiana and parts of Eastern Illinois contain more than 125 miles of biking and walking trails, including the scenic trails within the Indiana Dunes. Most of the trails also allow dogs to tag along!

Kayak Fishing Indiana Dunes

All About the Dunes

The Indiana Dunes is well-known for its beaches and trails, but there are even more activities to enjoy all summer long. Start your bucket list with our page: 61 Things to Do at the Dunes!

Andersons Winery - vineyard walk

For 21 and Over

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 like to test your luck, Northwest Indiana is also home to four casinos, including the new Hard Rock Casino!

Wineries in Northwest Indiana

Northwest Indiana Breweries

Northwest Indiana Casinos

Deep River Waterpark lazy river

Fun for the Kids

The South Shore is home to all kinds of places for families to visit to learn, play and explore. Taste the gummies straight from the factory at Albanese. Splash, swim and float at Deep River Waterpark. Go on a dairy or pig adventure at Fair Oaks Farms to learn about modern day farming practices. Watch the trains go by in the Railway Garden at Gabis Arboretum. Spark your imagination at Bellaboo's Play and Discovery Center. Release some energy at some unique play centers.

Play - Up Your Alley

Splash in Northwest Indiana

Educate - Bison at Kankakee Sands

Miller Beach Vacation Rentals

Where to Stay

Rent a vacation home for the entire family close to the beach at Beachwalk Vacation Rentals or Miller Beach Vacation Rentals. Stay in a contemporary barn-like setting at the Fairfield by Marriott Fair Oaks Farms or one of the many other hotels in the region.

If you are looking for a couple’s retreat, Serenity Springs is away from it all nestled on 85 private wooded acres. Visit our blog post for more unique places to stay, here.

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Would you like more information about the South Shore and the Indiana Dunes? Use the links below to request a visitor's guide be mailed to you, download our Indiana Dunes brochure, join our e-newsletter list or sign up for text alerts.

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