Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore hugs 15 miles of the southern shore of Lake Michigan and has much to offer. Whether you enjoy scouting for rare species of birds or flying kites on the sandy beach, the national lakeshore's 15,000 acres will continually enchant you. Hikers will enjoy 45 miles of trails over rugged dunes, mysterious wetlands, sunny prairies, meandering rivers, and peaceful forests.
I can't say enough about the dunes! It has the most beautiful views and scenery, it's like like being at the ocean to me it deals the same outside of no palm trees. You can climb the huge sand hills, swim, use a metal detector to find treasures lost in the sand and water all up and down the beach. Relaxing for the whole family or just you and a good book. Enjoy!!! Oh and it's free but you may have to pay to park if the lot is full. Good luck and have fun!!!
Perfect day!!! Went with my kids and it was great...been to downtown Chicago beaches and nothing compares to here. Its nice because you happen to be on the same lake and its almost like you traveled to another place..more natural but with changing amenities and showers and bathrooms...would recommend to anyone...pack a lunch because a little hard to find fast food near here.
I've been here twice. I've walked the beach and drove the shoreline, seen those 1893 World's Fair homes & other fancy ones. Seeing the World's Fair ones is a treat. Another trip is needed to hike around the actual dunes some more. There's free access to the beach, just have to have a local with you. Once there, plenty of parking & walk to the beach is just minutes away. I've only been there in the colder months so can't vouch for the summer....
The park is nice and clean. But gay men doing bad things in there cars driving by.... Not what children or anybody should have to see. My wife is from otherr country, was not fun explaining to her why we saw what we did see. I'm told the park police don't stop this cause they are gay... this is America people are free to to what they want. But in private.. Not at a park.
This is one amazing and beautiful place! I hope to visit again some day. I visited in September, I would imagine that if you visit during some peak time or during really great weather you might need to get there early for parking, but with moderate weather I had very little trouble finding parking. I highly recommend viewing a sunset from the lakeshore.
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