Indiana Dunes National Park Details

Indiana Dunes National park is a paradise consisting of treasure crates of dunes, swamps, bogs, oak savannas, marshes, rivers, prairies, and forests that are spread over 2127336 acres of land. The cities near to the park consist of Chesterton, Valparaiso, and Michigan.

Formerly known as Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, the national park was officially renamed as Indiana Dunes National Park in mid-February 2019 and hence it has now become the 61st U.S. national park located in Northwestern Indiana.

You can have a great walk on Lake Michigan shoreline or enjoy the views of the beautiful scenery from the Mt.Tom, which is 192 feet above a lake.

There will also be coots, tree swallows, mallards and green herons to welcome you.

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Let the year be of any season, let it be summer, spring, or winter, Indiana Dunes National park will make your trip memorable and cherishable. Various activities in which you can indulge in consists of beach swim in summer, maple syrup making in the spring, and snowshoeing in the winter.

Things to carry

Here are the things that you can carry while visiting the Indiana Dunes National Park

Beach Essentials

Besides the swimsuit, you can carry umbrella, blanket and chairs to have a chill day on the beach.


Carry layered clothes, so you are prepared for any weather condition.

Binocular and Camera

Carry binocular to see the beauty of the park from the mountain. And carry a camera to capture beautiful pictures of the park.

Besides the above things, carry the basics essentials that include water, energy bar, first aid box, sunscreen and sunglasses. Also, please don’t litter.

Also, plan a historical wildlife tour to Mesa Verde National Park.

Tips before Visiting

  • Get information from a ranger if you don’t want to miss important spots in the park.
  • If you want to explore the park on a bike then you can do it by renting one from the visitor center.
  • You can watch a small movie in the park in the visitor centre.
  • Visit early to get a parking space. You can also get a parking space near Porter Beach.