Explore the South Shore

Let’s Go to the Beach!

You can say “yes” to this enthusiastic request when you load up the car and head to Indiana’s South Shore, just a 30-minute drive from downtown Chicago and home to the Indiana Dunes National Park! Climb to the top of a soaring sand dune for breathtaking views of Lake Michigan and then venture on out into the water. And the beach isn’t all! From water parks and baseball to shopping and casinos, the South Shore offers fun for all ages.

Things to Do

Indiana Dunes State Park

  • 1600 N. 25 East
  • (219) 926-1952

Welcome to more than 2,000 acres of beach, marshes, forests and dunes. Hike to the top of Mount Tom, a sand dune…

Deep River Waterpark

  • 9001 E Lincoln Hwy.
  • (219) 947-7850

Indiana's premier water park. The perfect family escape! Wave pool, body slides, tube slides, river ride, play zone…

Indiana Dunes National Park

  • 1100 N Mineral Springs Rd.
  • (219) 926-7561

Indiana's only National Park features miles of beach, dunes and trails. A historic homestead and farm are also…

WhoaZone at Whihala Beach

  • 1561 Park Road
  • (866) 946-2966

WhoaZone at Whihala Beach, located in Whiting, offers a full day of family fun. Featuring our action-packed floating…

Mascot Hall of Fame

  • 1851 Front St
  • (219) 354-8814

A state-of-the-art children's museum with interactive exhibits, activities, and events that celebrate mascot fun…


The Brewery Lodge

  • 5727 N. 600 W.
  • (866) 625-6343

A boutique resort hotel located on 40 acres with peaceful views. Gourmet dining and a craft bee and wine lounge on…

Food & Drink

Prime Steakhouse

  • 109 W Joliet St

Located on the historic Crown Point Square, Prime Steakhouse is Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland's go-to steakhouse…

Goblin & the Grocer

  • 1 W Dunes Hwy
  • (219) 809-9047

Goblin and the Grocer. Gather. Sip. Savor. Destination dining in the Dunes!

South Shore Winery Trail

  • 7770 Corinne Drive
  • (219) 989-7979

Red or white, sweet or dry; you’ll find a wine to sip and enjoy along the South Shore Winery Trail. Northwest…

Asparagus Restaurant

  • 7876 Broadway

Enjoy a distinctive fine dining experience in an elegant, zen-like environment while savoring nouvelle cuisine…

The Lighthouse Restaurant

  • 7501 Constitution Avenue
  • 2193749283

Nestled on the shores of cozy Cedar Lake, the Lighthouse Restaurant welcomes residents, visitors and boaters with…

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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…