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Learn to Kayak & Paddleboard at These 5 Amazing Spots

Shallow streams, a great lake, a nationally recognized waterway, small lakes and ponds can all be found in the South Shore. We've put together a list of water trails for beginners complete with rental locations. Have your own equipment? Looking for a challenge? Check out our list of the top 12…

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Candy Lovers Flock To This Indiana Candy Factory

As my children get older and are now 11 and 14, I find that it's harder to find family outings that get them really excited. That is until we headed north to the Valparaiso/Merrillville area on a pilgrimage for candy. World's Best Gummies Ask anyone who has stopped at the Albanese Candy Factory and…

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Just Dunes It: A Weekend on Lake Michigan

My wife (Chelsi) and I spent my 30th birthday in Italy on our honeymoon. So when her 30th came around, we had to do something to match the awesomeness of mine. So, a trip to the Indiana Dunes was planned and we were ready for a little hiking, some camping and kayaking … with our two dogs. After a…

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Indiana Dunes and Outdoor Beauty

Taltree Arboretum Indiana Dunes (located in Northwest Indiana) - is full of outdoor beauty. I'll get to their most visited attraction later, but let me tell you about Taltree Arboretum & Gardens. For starters the railway garden features seven model trains running through a miniature…

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The 3 Dunes Challenge @IndianaDunes

My heart rate just returned to normal. So, that’s nice. I had the pleasure of traveling up to the Indiana Dunes State Park in Chesterton on June 12 for the kickoff of the 3 Dune Challenge, the premier new outdoor fitness challenge in Indiana. Joining me for the celebration-and to try the challenge-…

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