Things to Do

Cowles Bog

Cowles BogIf you are the type that will WALK MILES TO GET TO A SECLUDED BEACH, this is your spot. On your way to the beach you will walk through the remnant of the once-widespread wetland system called Cowles Bog.

The bog encompasses a marsh surrounding a small fen, where a stand of tamaracks and white … Continue reading

Buckley Homestead Living History Farm

Buckley Homestead Living History Farm is a county park and historical museum located at 3606 Belshaw Road, Lowell, Indiana.

The park is open from 7 a.m. to sunset year round. There is a visitor center which contains restroom facilities, drinking fountains, information kiosk, and a gift shop which is open on Sunday afternoons from May through the … Continue reading

Memorial Opera House

At Memorial Opera House we use theatre and the arts to build community and create a sense of belonging. Musicals, dramas and other cool shows are happening in Valparaiso at the Memorial Opera House.

When we say that the Memorial Opera House is Where the Arts Create Community, it’s not just a tag line…it is our … Continue reading

Ogden Gardens - Valparaiso

Ogden Gardens Park  Ogden Gardens is a 4-acre floral display area that continues to delight visitors and residents alike. It is located at Campbell Street and Harrison Boulevard, about 3/4 mile north of Lincolnway.

The gardens feature annuals, perennials, rose gardens, shrub beds, and many varieties of trees. Japanese Garden Ogden Gardens boasts a Japanese … Continue reading

Fair Oaks Farms

Fair Oaks Farms is an escape to the country with acres of great outdoor fun, food and learning where you can explore family farms and reconnect with nature, animals and our planet.

Fair Oaks Farms offers experiences that you couldn’t imagine and you’ll never forget! We are not only committed to educating the public about … Continue reading

Lighthouse Outlet Mall

Welcome to Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets ®. Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets is nestled in an out-door village like setting and is home to 100 stores: Columbia Sportswear, Michael Kors,

The North Face, Vera Bradley and Under Armour to name a few. Located in Michigan City, Indiana, just one mile from Lake Michigan, Lighthouse Place Premium … Continue reading

Deep River Water Park - Hobart, Indiana

There’s a lot to do at the Chicagoland’s Largest and the Midwest’s Favorite Family Waterpark!   All of our attractions are designed to provide activities for all ages and intensity levels… from easy flowing river rides to speed slides at near free-fall…we have it all!

Deep River Waterpark opens the Friday before Memorial Day weekend and … Continue reading

Albanese Candy Factory Tour - Hobart, Indiana

Learn. Explore. Eat Candy. Every year, people from all over the country come to learn about our process of making the “World’s Best Gummies” and chocolates.

What makes us unique is that we are the only candy company that offers a public tour for gummi manufacturing in the USA. You’ll get to view our Gummi … Continue reading

Portage Riverwalk

Jointly managed by the National Park Service and the City of Portage, features an enclosed pavilion with seasonal food service, restrooms, a handicap-accessible trail, and fishing pier.

A breakwater, with handrails, provides easy access for fishing, bird watching, and sightseeing. This is also a good spot for launching a kayak for the increasingly popular activity … Continue reading

County Line Apple Orchard

U-PICK APPLES You are the apple of my eye General Admission $1 | Pay For What You Pick – $1.79/lb. There is no better memory than picking apples with the family!

Every year County Line Orchard grows new varieties for guests to enjoy. We currently have over 30 varieties spread across acres of land. Our … Continue reading

Tollestron Trail

This scenic trail leads up and down the high ridges of the Tolleston Dunes, formed about 10,000 years ago when Lake Michigan was 25 feet higher than it is today.

In just 2.6 miles, this trail in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore traverses a number of different, beautiful, and wildlife-rich habitats, including black oak savanna, … Continue reading

Indiana Dunes State Park

Indiana beachesEnjoy 2,182 acres of beach, marshes, swamps, forests and dunes. It’s home to Mt. Tom, a sand dune which towers 192 feet above Lake Michigan.

The park provides camping, picnicking, showers, snack bar, camp store and, in the summer, a gift shop. Interpretive programs also offered. Hike some of the park’s 16.5 miles of … Continue readingIndiana Dunes State Park

Heron Rookery Trail

Heron TrailFor more than 60 years, herons nested here along Little Calumet River. Though the heron rookery is no longer active, the 1.6-mile trail is a good spot for viewing other bird species.

The oak savanna habitat near the abandoned rookery is also home to Karner blue butterflies, federally listed as endangered. National Lakeshore resource managers … Continue reading

Little Calumet River Trail

Little Calument River TrailThe Little Calumet Trail, located in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, is part of a 3.9-mile network of hiking trails through dune woodlands and prairies that connect the Bailly Homestead, Chellberg Farm, and the Dunes Learning Center.

Pick up a trail map at the trailhead or the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center to guide your explorations. … Continue reading

NW Indiana Beaches

Located along the southern tip of Lake Michigan, the Indiana Dunes attracts millions of visitors each year. While best known for its world class beaches, the Indiana Dunes and its surrounding areas offer so much more.

World class cuisine, breathtaking scenery, eclectic nightlife and exhilarating biking and hiking await you on your next trip to … Continue reading

Kregel's Pumpkin Patch

Previously located in Crown Point, Indiana, Kregel’s Pumpkin Patch is the first pumpkin patch in Northwest Indiana.  We offer tractor pulled hayrides out to the field so you can pick your own pumpkin or there are pumpkins at the farm stand for you to choose from. Hayrides leave every half hour on the weekend. We also … Continue reading

Blue Chip Casino Hotel Spa

Blue Chip is the region’s ultimate destination for experiences, featuring everything from local bands at our entertainment venues, to a relaxing journey at our full-service spa & salon.

After treating yourself to all the experiences Blue Chip has to offer, visit our retail and gift shops to take a bit of the excitement home with … Continue reading