Archive for May 18, 2013

Indiana Dunes Kickoff Event on Memorial Day Weekend

Indiana Dunes Visitor Center

Indiana Dunes Visitor Center. staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Ken Kosky
Indiana Dunes Tourism

PORTER, IN — Indiana Dunes Tourism is planning a special kickoff to the travel season and the beach season over the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

The Visitor Center, located at at 1215 N. State Road 49 in Porter (State Road 49 and U.S. 20), will have Tonya’s Patisserie preparing and selling treats from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, May 25 and 26.

Indiana Dunes Tourism is partnering with Tonya’s for this year’s kickoff because Tonya’s was chosen the tourism bureau’s Parter of the Year for 2013.

Indiana Dunes State Park

Indiana Dunes State Park. AroundIndy. com staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

Tonya’s will prepare smores from scratch over an onsite grill and will also make fresh-grilled pound cake with a berry compote. They will also have gluten-free flourless chocolate walnut cookies, gluten-free monster cookies, oatmeal cranberry cookies and minted fruit salad. Water and coffee will also be available.

In addition to having Tonya’s treats available, Visitor Center staff will be on hand to pass out the new Activities Guides, which are full of ideas for summer fun throughout Porter County.

The staff will also be able to provide people with information about which beach parking lots are full.

Indiana Dunes Tourism is alerting the public that Memorial Day weekend is historically one of the busiest weekends at the Indiana Dunes.

People are advised that if the weather is warm and sunny on Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday of Memorial Day weekend, traffic backups are likely on Ind. 49, entering Indiana Dunes State Park.

The peak hours for entering Dunes State Park are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. People are advised to arrive earlier in the morning, or wait until about 3 p.m., which is the time when traffic usually clears up and many of the early arriving guests leave and free up parking spaces. In addition, guests can help speed up the entry process by paying with cash rather than a credit card.

Indiana Dunes Tourism Executive Director Lorelei Weimer said that West Beach, located on Lake/Porter County Line Road in Portage, like Dunes State Park, has extensive parking and is a good option for holiday weekends. Many of the beach access points with smaller parking lots fill up much earlier each day than West Beach or Dunes State Park.

Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day weekends are generally the busiest weekends if the weather is good.

For more information, visit, or call 219-926-2255.