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Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Porter

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Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is located in Porter. Plan to visit Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Porter attractions using our Porter itinerary maker.
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  • I've stopped here twice in the past few years while traveling through the area and found something new to do each time. Your first stop should be the National Park Visitors Center for some good educat...  more »
  • I'm originally from Indiana, but have been living in the Caribbean for a few years now. When I came back to visit family and friends on a holiday, that didn't stop me from wanting to visit the beaches...  more »
  • Don't get me wrong, Lake Michigan is impressive, but for someone who has been to the ocean and the much bigger sand dunes of the southwest U.S., there really wasn't anything new or special here. It wa...  more »
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  • This was a quick trip to see the sun setting on Lake Michigan. I've never seen this side of the lake overlooking the Chicago Skyline, absolutely gorgeous. There were families and couples enjoying the boardwalk, nature center, and trails. We drove here, but the South Shore Line has a stop for the Dunes. My family and friends plan on visiting again during the day to walk the trails. The nature center looks like brand new construction and has some outdoor seating and tables for picnics. The park and shoreline were clean and inviting. I definitely look forward to visiting again!
  • Took my son there, 3, on a day trip. Had a good time. The area itself is beautiful.. hills of sand.. and nice walk to the beach. The area I was in, could see factories with clouds of smoke coming out on the lake shore at a distance ..that kind of killed the whole nature-vibe this place has going. Besides being chased by bee's and the immediate towns around being sometimes a little sketchy , this is a good place to come for a day trip or perhaps and extended stay for those who are serious about the outdoors and hiking.
  • A beautiful park, well maintained for the most part. The beaches are great access for some summer bathing in the surf. Plenty of boardwalks and hiking paths for both young and old explorers. Free to Indiana natives, a park fee is expected for all other patrons. Visit in the off season for some awesome photograph opportunities of the water and dunes.
  • This is one of the best National Parks as it sits on a beautiful fresh water beach, combined with hiking and historic homestead and a still working historic farm with farmhouse. It's also a bit confusing, as the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is a National Park but it co-mingles with Indiana Dunes State Park and it is very unclear which is which. Why does it matter? Because the National Park is free to enjoy and the State Park charges to park. It's nominal for a car to enjoy a full day at just $12 for out of state. But confusing. That doesn't diminish the beauty of the park, the beach, the dunes, the winding paths, and deep valleys. It makes exploring this landscape one of the great treasures of Indiana and of the entire National Park System. How many dunes can you climb in a day? My guess is....
  • Lived around here my whole life. The Dunes have been a place to see forever. Great national park. Very beautiful trails and even a better workout if you like running/jogging/hiking. Most of the trails have stairs/wooden paths/hand railings/and viewing decks. The beach is right there too and is great if you are only accustomed to oceans, fresh water is much better!