Beaches!!! Sounds amazing, doesn’t it? The stress of everyday life melts away the instant we are there. Now imagine, serene beaches of clear blue water surrounded by varieties of just about every outdoor activity possible, all in one national park! Oh, sounds like a perfect vacation, doesn’t it? Yes, the Indiana Dunes in Indiana has everything you can ask for an amazing vacation that you can always cherish. I will be visiting the famous Indiana Dunes this fall and will immediately check one item off my list of places to visit.

A Little About Indiana Dunes

Running nearly 25 miles along the sparkling southern shore of Lake Michigan in Chesterton, Indiana, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, managed by the National Park Services, is one of Northwest Indiana’s most famous natural attractions. Not only does it have the famous sandy beaches, but also more than 70 miles of hiking trails and more than 350 species of birds. This makes the beautiful destination increasingly interesting for all types of visitors. Without a doubt it is an unspoiled place full of natural beauty; the perfect destination to get out and make the most of the lingering warmth before the cold weather arrives.

Indiana Dunes is a paradise for anyone who loves being active outdoors. Birding, Photography, Fishing, Boating, Hiking, Trailing, Kayaking, Bicycling, along with numerous varieties of rare plants and wild animals to see – what more can you ask for to make a perfect vacation? Oh, how can I miss The Beyond the Beach Discovery Trail, The 3 Dune Challenge, the Horseback Riding, Cuisines and historical sites like Camp Good Fellow, the Chellberg Farm and five houses from the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair.

Yay, It’s In My Bucket List This Fall!

Well, as soon as I heard about Indiana Dunes, it immediately entered my bucket list for this fall and all for its right reasons. It is definitely a paradise for nature-lovers and shutter bugs like me. I will be relaxing on the beach as gentle waves come to shore ,stroll along the shore, play frisbee, go find the nice cuisines around, do biking, trailing and hiking. When I am tired I will sleep around in my camp on the beach or book one of the varieties of hotels available. Can’t expect and imagine more, can you ?? As an icing on the cake, this fall Nature Conservancy staff plan to bring around 20 bison to Kankakee Sands, and I am ever so curious as many to what the prairie will sound like when the bisons arrive.

What is special about Indiana Dunes?

Professor Henry Cowles, regarded to many as the “father of ecology,” performed pioneering research of ecological succession here in the early 1990s, and the Indiana Dunes became known as “the cradle of ecology.” The park has “tree graveyards,” which are locations where woods have been covered by sand and later revealed by wind erosion. Three kilometres of beach run along Lake Michigan’s southern side. The park also has 16.5 miles of trails, including many that cross Mount Tom. With a stay at their campground, you may enjoy everything the park has to offer.

At first glance, the site of this national park appears unappealing: Chicago is only 40 miles to the northwest, and remains of an industrial corridor border the park on both sides. However, after you’ve made peace with your surroundings, you’ll admire this protected monument for all of its unexpected attractiveness. Large sand dunes exceeding the whole shoreline of Indiana Dunes State Park have taken thousands of years to create and reach approximately 200 feet above Lake Michigan.

Things to do in Indiana Dunes

We recommend visiting the park’s Visitor Center first thing in the morning to acquaint yourself with the landscape; this is also a fantastic opportunity to hear about special events or trail closures that may enhance or detract from your visit! Pick up any park maps you may want or inquire about areas to visit during your vacation. If you are lucky enough to catch a clip, they have a few of short videos that teach about various features of the park. Also, while you’re there, don’t forget to acquire your National Parks stamp!

This fall, mark your calendar for the Apple Festival. On a ranger-led trek into Pinhook Bog, you may see the moss “floating mats.” At Playdate at Nature Play Zone, you may make crafts or build forts. Walk your four-legged companions on miles of paths. Keep an eye out for the dawn over Lake Michigan. Play some volleyball or throw a flying disc.

Five futuristic homes created for the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair and transported across Lake Michigan now stand as modern works of art along Lake Front Drive. The rangers normally hold an annual tour on the final weekend of September; tickets go on sale in August and frequently sell out within an hour.

Does Indiana Dunes have an amusement park?

Indiana Dunes Country is an excellent family vacation destination! Towering sand dunes, Lake Michigan beaches, a water park, outdoor experiences, interior wonderlands, and comfortable hotels are all available. Indiana Beach is closing after almost a century of attracting Chicagoans to ride roller coasters among the cornfields of rural Monticello, Indiana.

Apex Parks Group, a major amusement park company based in California that purchased Indiana Beach in 2015, said Wednesday that it was closing four facilities, including the historic Indiana attraction two hours south of Chicago.

Is the water clear at Indiana Dunes?

And one spot in particular may have the bluest water in the whole state…. No Hoosier is unfamiliar with the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, a vast and unique piece of nature off the coast of Lake Michigan.

Kemil Beach is located in Beverly Shores, Indiana, right off East State Park Road. This beach is part of the larger National Lakeshore, however it is free to visit. This lovely beach is undoubtedly among the nicest the dunes have to offer.

Locals choose the smaller National Park beaches for a more peaceful beach experience. Portage Lakefront & Riverwalk, Cowles Bog, Porter, Kemil, Dunbar, Lakeview, Central, and Mount Baldy beaches are all excellent choices for a day at the beach. These parking spaces are close down the street from the beaches, so be prepared to walk a little and carry a picnic lunch since these beaches are not for the faint of heart.

Swim with caution in Lake Michigan. The ground is uneven, with deep pits and drop-offs. Small toddlers and non-swimmers are particularly vulnerable in these seaside holes. West Beach is the only one with lifeguards. Parents and guardians should keep a close eye on their children when they are in the water. When there are high, breaking waves and rip currents, stay out of the water.

Can’t wait to be there and see this Nature’s Masterpiece with spectacular landscapes and wildlife and many more !!! How about you? Have you already visited? If not, what are you waiting for?  Your most awaited Outdoor Adventure is waiting for you in Indiana Dunes.

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My name is Emilia - I love versatile trips! You might find me at a trendy new restaurant one night, but the next day you're just as likely to find me at a local market sampling exotic foods. I'm open to just about anything when I travel and I want to encourage you to be open too!