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Indiana Dunes Country Activities Guide Now Available

February 28, 2015 Leave a comment
Indiana Dunes Country Activities Guide

Indiana Dunes Country Activity Guide. Image provided by Indiana Dunes Tourism and used with written permission.

By Ken Kosky
Indiana Dunes Tourism

The official 2015 Indiana Dunes Country Activities Guide, which is a comprehensive guide to Porter County’s attractions, restaurants, hotels and more, is now available.

The free guide, produced by Indiana Dunes Tourism, the official tourism bureau of Porter County, is being distributed to potential visitors in an effort to get them to visit and spend their dollars in the local communities. Local residents are also welcome to pick up a copy at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, located at 1215 N. State Road 49 in Porter.

Indiana Dunes Tourism Executive Director Lorelei Weimer said the Activities Guide is a valuable tool that visitors and residents can use to find fun things to do in each community.

“The Activities Guide is our primary publication, featuring dozens of great attractions and events,” Weimer said.

The guide features listings for Indiana Dunes beaches and hiking trails, museums, and places for family fun like the 49er Drive-In Theatre, Broken Wagon Bison Farm and Taltree Arboretum Railway Garden.

In addition, the guide lists places to enjoy fishing, kayaking and birding. The guide also has listings for golfing, art galleries and antique shopping. It’s even got sections devoted to summer farmer’s markets, fall drives and winter recreation.

The guide’s hotel listings and restaurant listings feature new places that people might not know have opened.

This year’s guide features articles about The 3 Dune Challenge at Indiana Dunes State Park, how to succeed in fishing and cooking your catch, great places to get burgers, and places to go for people with pets.

Also new this year is a two-page spread of day trips that people can take from Porter County, including going to Chicago, Amish Acres, Notre Dame, the Barn Quilt Trail and more.

Weimer hopes area residents will use the guide to explore Porter County or to find great things to do with friends and family members from out of town. While the guide is a useful resource to local residents, it is designed to encourage potential visitors to choose Porter County as a destination and then extend their stays by letting them know all there is to do in our communities.

The 68-page guide’s cover features a large aerial photo of the Indiana Dunes shot by Air One Aerial Photography in Valparaiso, as well as smaller photos of local dining and live theatre.

Weimer encourages you to call the Visitor Center at 219-926-2255 if you have any questions or if you would like to request a guide. You may also visit http://www.IndianaDunes.com/destination-guides to view or download the guide electronically.

Indiana Dunes Kickoff Event on Memorial Day Weekend

Indiana Dunes Visitor Center

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

By Ken Kosky
Indiana Dunes Tourism
http://indianadunes.com/

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 http://indianadunes.com/, or call 219-926-2255.

New Indiana Dunes Country Activities Guide Now Available

Indiana Dunes Activities Guide

Indiana Dunes Activities Guide. Image provided by Indiana Dunes Tourism and used with written permission.

By Ken Kosky
Indiana Dunes Tourism
http://indianadunes.com/

The official 2013 Indiana Dunes Country Activities Guide, which is a comprehensive guide to Porter County’s attractions, restaurants, hotels and more, is now available.

The free guide, produced by Indiana Dunes Tourism, the official tourism bureau of Porter County, is being distributed to potential visitors in an effort to get them to visit and spend their dollars in the local communities. Local residents are also welcome to pick up a copy at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, located at 1215 N. State Road 49 in Porter.

Indiana Dunes Tourism Executive Director Lorelei Weimer said the Activities Guide is a valuable tool that visitors and residents can use to find fun things to do in each community.

“The Activities Guide gives families plenty of ideas for great attractions, museums, restaurants and more to visit throughout Porter County,” Weimer said.

The guide features listings for Indiana Dunes beaches and hiking trails, theaters, and places for family fun like the new Seven Peaks Waterpark Duneland and Taltree Arboretum Railway Garden.

In addition, the guide lists places to enjoy fishing, kayaking and birding. The guide also has listings for golfing, day spas, art galleries and antique shopping. It also directs people to places for sporting fun like disc golf and indoor fun like bowling. It’s even got sections devoted to summer farmer’s markets and winter recreation.

The guide’s hotel listings and restaurant listings feature new places that people might not know have opened, like Tomato Bar Pizza Bakery in Valparaiso and Texas Roadhouse in Portage.

This year’s guide features articles about businesses like Bass Pro Shops and the Rolling Stonebaker pizza truck.

Weimer hopes area residents will use the guide to explore Porter County or to find great things to do with friends and family members from out of town. While the guide is a useful resource to local residents, it is designed to encourage potential visitors to choose Porter County as a destination and then extend their stays by letting them know all there is to do in our communities.

The 68-page guide features a cover with photos the Indiana Dunes, shopping, dining and recreation.

Weimer encourages people to call the Visitor Center at 219-926-2255 if they have any questions or if they would like to request a guide. People can also visit www.IndianaDunes.com/destination-guides to view or download any of Indiana Dunes Tourism’s guides electronically.