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Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Porter

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4.5/5 based on 200 reviews on the web
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  • The battle of nature vs industry is apparent here as this park is nestled in the remnants of the steel industry . Thankfully much of the lake shore has been preserved . I've come here at all times of ...  read more »
  • Sitting on a bench, looking out over the short stretch of beach, and beyond into the vastness of Lake Michigan gives one the same feeling of peace, tranquility, inner warmth as watching the embers of ...  read more »
  • Who would have known. I'm used to seeing sand dunes all over the southwest but this was a pleasant surprise. The beach and water were very inviting too. Great place to bring the whole family. The best...  read more »
  • 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....
  • Pretty great place to visit if you are from Chicago and want to have a little outside the city adventure. Don't think you'll be seeing big dunes like in the desert. This area is wooded and full of trees. Just imaging forest hills +100 ft up. Pretty nice with good views. Good for a date
  • My favorite area to relax. I recently shared my love of the National Dunes with my 6yo granddaughter. She was in awe. Special memories made. Make sure to stop by the visitor's center. Especially if you have children. They have an easy to complete junior ranger program.
  • The beach was beautiful and everything, but I wouldn't exactly call it dog friendly. You can't ever take your dog off leash, and the only part of the beach they can be on, they aren't technically aloud to swim in at all, and it forces you to sit really close to other people and their leashed dogs, which usually causes leash aggression among them. I tried to sit just a little bit away from them to keep my jindo relaxed but was told to move five feet. I'll still give this place a four star because it really is pretty...but I'll keep looking around for something dog friendlier.
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