We told our kids that we were going to drive up to a state park this past week. Since we regularly visit our nation’s parks, they weren’t quite sure why we had to travel an extra 3 hours out of our way to visit another state park. Imagine their surprise when we pulled into the Indiana Dunes State Park and saw Lake Michigan and the sand dunes. What an amazing place right at the top of Indiana.
Indiana Dunes State Park
One of the highlights of visiting Indiana Dunes State Park is being able to climb the sand dunes. The climb to the top of the dunes is tougher than it looks, but well worth the effort.
My Mom and Dad visited a few years ago and tell the story of how they were cheered to the top of the dunes by some young college guys. “Go lady! You can do it!” They were rewarded with high fives all around when they reached the top.
The view of Lake Michigan from the top of the dunes is simply amazing. Words can’t describe the feeling of being on top of the world.
This was my first visit to Lake Michigan. I really wasn’t sure what to expect. In some ways it is very similar to standing on the Florida Beaches. This may be a lake, but it looks as large as the ocean. I really was tempted to taste the water to see how different it tasted from the salty water of the ocean, but decided that I really wasn’t that curious.
There are no shells on this beach; instead, you can find flat smooth rocks. The kids were fascinated with the smooth rocks and loved skipping them out over the lake.
The Indiana Dunes State Park consists of 2,182 acres of primitive, beautiful, historical, and amazingly unique Hoosier landscape. It lies in Porter County and includes more than three miles of Lake Michigan’s south shore, all of which provides a magnificent beach. Eighteen hundred acres are wooded and contain the most diversified flora and fauna of the Midwest. Other areas made up of drifting sand hills, peculiar to the dunes region. A pavilion on the beach provides shelter, bathhouses and a complete snack bar during the summer season.
Indiana Dunes State Park is more than just the sandy beach and the dunes, you can also visit the Nature Center (for FREE), enjoy camping, hiking or picnic areas.
Address and Hours
1600 North 25 East
Chesterton, Indiana 46304 Map
Hours: 7am – 11pm
Indiana state vehicles: $5.00
Out of state vehicles: $10.00
Have you ever visited Indiana Dunes State Park? What’s your favorite part? I’d love to hear!