Indiana Dunes: Beach Vacation Close to the Western Suburbs of Chicago

You can take your kids on a beach vacation without the hassle of airplanes and hotels! The Indiana Dunes is close and has so much to offer. Here’s a list of all the beaches:

Central Avenue Beach
Central Avenue
Michigan City, IN 46360
(219) 395-1882
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Kemil Road Beach and Cowles Bog
1100 N. Mineral Springs Rd
Porter, IN 46304
(219) 395-1882
(219) 395-8914
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Kemil Road Beach is near the road or hike to the more secluded Cowles Bog

Dunbar Access Point and Lake View Picnic Area
Lake Front Drive
Beverly Shores, IN 46301
(219) 395-1882
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Go early! limited parking

Indiana Dunes State Park
1600 N 25 E
Chesterton, IN 46304
(219) 926-1952
(219) 395-8914
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Camping, picnicking, showers, snack bar, camp store, and a park naturalist. In summer, the park offers a small gift shop and swimming beach with lifeguards

Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk
6150 US Highway 12
Portage, IN 46368
(219) 395-1882
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Food, bathrooms, a handicap-accessible trail and fishing pier

Porter Beach
3057 Wabash Ave
Dunes Acres, IN 46304
(219) 395-1882
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Bathrooms and small foot wash

West Beach
N. County Line Road
Portage, IN 46368
(219) 395-1882
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Covered picnic shelters and grills

There is tons more to do at the Indiana Dunes besides go to the beach! You can stop by the visitor center to get info about parks and recreation, conservations centers, art museums, farms, bike trails, historical sites, walking trails, bird sanctuaries, fishing, horse trails, an opera house, and gardens or go to this link to get an overview.

Dorothy Buell Memorial Visitor Center
1215 N. State Road 49
Porter, IN 46304
(800) 283-8687
(219) 926-2255
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Memorial Day through Labor Day: all week 8am-6pm
Labor Day through Memorial Day: all week 8:30am-4:30pm