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Indiana Dunes State Park

Closed Now: 07:00 - 23:00
Open today: 07:00 - 23:00
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Indiana's Ocean

Just because you live in the midwest doesn't mean you can't enjoy the sound of surf! Indiana Dunes... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Greenwood, Indiana
Not So Hidden Treasure

This beautiful nature spot is surrounded by industry and cities large and small. Hiking in wooded... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Chesterton, Indiana
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Indiana Dunes State Park consists of 2,182 acres of primitive, beautiful, historic and unique Hoosier landscape. It lies at the north end of State Road 49 in Porter County, and includes more than three miles of beautiful beach along Lake Michigan’s...more
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1600 N 25 E, Chesterton, IN 46304-1142
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Just because you live in the midwest doesn't mean you can't enjoy the sound of surf! Indiana Dunes State Park has so much to offer! The beach areas of Lake Michigan are stunning, beautiful and clean with plenty of restrooms, parking, picnic areas, showers and...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This beautiful nature spot is surrounded by industry and cities large and small. Hiking in wooded areas, large beach, RV & tent camping, Nature Center

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank renelson3
Reviewed 6 November 2018

We've been to Indiana Dunes maybe six times, and the state park is one of the centerpieces of the visit each time. It has lots of parking, changing rooms, a nature center, and a lot of trails. And of course the beach and lake. There's...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank midwesterner5
Reviewed 6 November 2018 via mobile

Indiana Dunes State Park is within the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. There are plenty of trails to hike with trail number nine being voted top 10 urban escape by National Geographic. The park has a very unique landscape with beaches, prairie, wetlands, as well as...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank bhess5
Reviewed 29 October 2018

I came to the Indiana Dunes State Park on a not overly warm Sepetember afternoon. The trails around the park are enjoyable, not overly challenging and not time consuming. The Beach is nice as well although it was too cold for me too enjoy and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank JXXXR
Reviewed 15 October 2018

Nice, soft sand. Great hiking trails. Beautiful water color! Clean area. Neat nature center to walk around. The campground area looked great. I will return.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Amber N T
Reviewed 15 October 2018 via mobile

Even in October the lake and dunes were gorgeous. We didn't explore much, but still enjoyed the views.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Cherie H
Reviewed 14 October 2018 via mobile

We were traveling through the area and needed a place to stay the night in our RV. So glad we chose this state park. The staff at the campground were very friendly and helpful. The sites were clean and level. All the facilities were very...More

Date of experience: October 2018
3  Thank JeanineD_11
Reviewed 14 October 2018 via mobile

I am local, so my family and I come here many times a year. It’s a beautiful beach. The dunes are fun to climb if you have the ability. Came here for a picnic lunch on my birthday. We loved it!

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Krissym77
Reviewed 9 October 2018

Loved going to the beach here and taking a few hikes. Shower house/changing rooms/bathroom facilities were top notch as well!

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Brandon B
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16 August 2018|
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Response from Rabbitdave | Reviewed this property |
Yes outside the swim area and only in the state park. Dog should be on a leash less than 6ft long.
Eva C
8 August 2018|
Response from MarianneH572 | Reviewed this property |
Yes but you may need advanced reservation, Not sure of price.
6 August 2018|
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Response from Megan K | Reviewed this property |
Kids climb the dunes at Central Beach access.