10/14/17 - SOLD OUT Century of Progress Homes Tour

Cypress-Log-Cabin-interiorTICKETS HAVE SOLD OUT FOR THE 2017 TOURS

Join a National Park Service ranger at the Indiana Dune Visitors Center for a tour of five historic homes from the 1933 Chicago World's Fair on Saturday, October 14, 2017. These tours are available by reservation only and spaces sell out fast. Each tour lasts two hours and includes an inside look at the Cypress Log Cabin, Florida Tropical, Armco Ferro, House of Tomrrow, and Wieboldt-Rostone houses.

The original 1933 "Century of Progress" houses featured innovative building materials, modern home appliances, and new construction techniques for their time. The houses were moved to Northwest Indiana in 1935 to promote the new town of Beverly Shores and were added to the national lakeshore in the early 1970's. Today, the historic homes are undergoing rehabilitation through a partnership with Indiana Landmarks and private citizens.

Tickets can be purchased on Monday, September 11, 2017 starting at 8:00 am through the Dunes National Park Association website at


10/6-10/8/17: Outdoor Adventure Festival

Outdoor-Adventure-Festival The inaugural festival will take place at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and several nearby locations. The greater dunes region is packed with outdoor adventure opportunities and the festival will bring together all these activities in one place.

Centered at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, the festival will showcase the region’s natural and cultural significance through hiking, paddling, biking, and other activities such as geo-caching, photography, birding, and orienteering. The festival has events for everyone including families, beginners, experts, and those with limited mobility. The only requirements are the desire for an outdoor adventure and to have a great time!

Outdoor adventures extend well beyond the national lakeshore. The festival will take place across the region with activities in Porter, La Porte, and Lake Counties. A highlight of the weekend will be the grand opening of the Little Calumet River Water Trail with a tour sponsored by the Northwest Indiana Paddling Association, Shirley Heinz Land Trust, and Save the Dunes.

Another unique opportunity will be backpacking in the national lakeshore. With support from REI, the national lakeshore will be leading an overnight backpacking trip to Cowles Bog beach and back. Enjoy the sunset from your tent pitched on the beach along Lake Michigan! No experience required and equipment will be available to rent.

Although the festival is free, several events have limited spaces, so pre-registration is requested. Please sign-up for individual events by visiting or our website at and clicking on the Outdoor Adventure Festival icon.


10/21/17 - Fall Colors Hike

Fall-Colors-HikeEnjoy a ranger-led hike through the gorgeous maple trees in full fall colors at historic Chellberg Farm from 1pm to 3pm. The Chellberg/Bailly parking lot is on Mineral Springs Road between U.S. 20 and Highway 12 in Porter, Indiana. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, visit the Events Calendar at the park website or contact the park's information desk at 219-395-1882.

10/22/17 - Bus Tours of the National Lakeshore

Mount Baldy Join a ranger for a two-hour tour of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in one of the park’s 15-passenger shuttle buses. The tour is free, but reservations are required. Space is limited. Call 219-395-1882.

The tours meet at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, which is located at 1215 North State Road 49, about one mile north of Interstate 94. Tour times are 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

10/28/17: Halloween Fun

Jack-o-lanternFamily friendly Halloween fun, games, and night hikes in Miller Woods from 5pm to 8pm. Wear costumes and learn about our nocturnal neighbors.

The Paul H. Douglas Center is located at 100 N. Lake St in Gary, IN. For more information on this or other programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, call 219-395-1882.