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Blessed with countless miles of shoreline, Indiana is a perfect place for enjoying time at the beach. Along with Lake Michigan, the state is home to a number of smaller lakes and reservoirs where beachcombers can spend a day in the sun enjoying the great outdoors. When planning an Indiana vacation package, it is easy to include time at the beach, whether you're planning to spend time near Chicago along the shores of Lake Michigan or including other parts of the Hoosier State.
Indiana Dunes State Park, located in Chesterton, preserves an important stretch of Lake Michigan in Indiana. Along with prime beachfront, park visitors can enjoy miles of hiking trails, picnicking, camping, naturalist-led programs, the exhibits in the visitor center, and views of the Indiana dunes. While they're exploring Indiana Dunes State park, Indiana visitors will have the chance to savor a lakeside getaway, only a short drive from all that Chicago has to offer.
In addition to Indiana Dunes State Park, other places to enjoy the beaches of Lake Michigan in Indiana are found throughout Lake, Porter, and LaPorte Counties. The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, headquartered in Porter, has an array of available activities along this beach in Indiana. Along with swimming, visitors can test their mettle with a hike up Mount Baldy and back; this sand dune features a well-marked trail and amazing views of the Lake and Indiana dunes at the top. The Dorothy Buell Memorial Visitor Center features exhibits, a film, and places to find out more about this beautiful example of Indiana beaches. In addition, visitors can explore the Chellberg Farm to learn about a past way of life, stroll along the Little Calumet River, and see the Heron rookery's wildflowers. In LaPorte County's Michigan City, visitors can enjoy one of the Indiana beaches at Washington Park. This seaside park is also home to an interesting zoo, picnic shelters, a year-round slate of special events, and excellent views of the Chicago skyline and a lighthouse.
While Lake Michigan in Indiana is perhaps the Hoosier State's best-known place to enjoy the beach, it's hardly the only place. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources operates eight reservoirs throughout the state, all excellent places to find a beach in Indiana. Patoka Lake in southern Indiana and Salamonie Lake in the eastern part of the state are just two examples. Visitors looking for Indiana beaches will find plenty of sandy stretches bordered by blue waters, as well as boat slips, marina, water skiing, restaurants, resorts, cabin rentals, spots for fishing, and other visitor amenities.
Many folks looking for waterside fun include time at Indiana Beach Amusement Resort. Located in Monticello, this beach in Indiana is found right in the middle of cornfield country. Visitors can spend time at Sandy Beach to enjoy the shoreline and calm, clear waters in the centerpiece of the resort area. One of Indiana's top resorts, the range of lake lodging options at Indiana Beach includes camping, cottages, hotel, and motel rooms. Park visitors also can enjoy the collection of rides and roller coasters, as well as miniature golf, a ride on the paddle-wheel boat, and a water park.
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