South Shore Indiana

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…

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…


Hampton Inn & Suites Crown Point

  • 10850 Delaware Parkway
  • (219) 661-8181

Come enjoy an elevated experience at our brand-new Hampton Inn! Our spacious rooms with a modern feel will have you…

SpringHill Suites Munster

  • 9651 Calumet Ave
  • (219) 924-2700

Travel in style at SpringHill Suites by Marriott® Chicago Southeast/Munster, the all-suite hotel that seamlessly…

Food & Drink


  • 7876 Broadway
  • 219-794-0000

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

Culinary Misfits

  • 208 S. Main St.
  • (219) 281-2011

Crown Point, Indiana's newest dining experience is here and ready to impress! Bring your friends and family out to…

The Caribbean on Lake George

  • 200 Main Street
  • (219) 940-3232

The Caribbean is a quaint restaurant and bar located on Lake George’s Riverfront and offers amazing Puerto Rican…

The Lighthouse Restaurant

  • 7501 Constitution Avenue
  • 2193749283

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

The Region Cat Cafe

  • 281 W 80th Place

Looking for something new to try on your lunch break? Why not watch kitties while you eat? We have seats and a…

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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…