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Explore the Indiana Dunes and beyond


Nature and culture coexist in the Indiana Dunes Country of northwest Indiana.

Brincka Cross Gardens, Michigan City, Ind.

Photo: Indiana Dunes Tourism Brincka Cross Gardens, Michigan City, Ind.

Indiana Dunes State Park and Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore offer hikes, ranger programs and bird-watching.

In Valparaiso, groups can visit the Brauer Museum of Art at Valparaiso University, Memorial Opera House and Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest (formerly Taltree Arboretum). Brincka Cross Gardens is in Michigan City.

“Whether our visitors are organizing a motorcoach tour, business outing or a student trip, we know they’ll enjoy any one of the numerous group activities available in Indiana Dunes Country,” said Dustin Ritchea, promotion director at Indiana Dunes Tourism.

He invites tour operators to check out the beaches along the national lakeshore and then shake off the sand south of the dunes at one of the area’s many attractions.

“From ranger-led hikes to fine dining, Indiana Dunes Country offers an authentic, unique experience,” Ritchea said. “Whether you’re looking to shop, browse art, see a theatrical production in a 100-year-old venue with modern amenities, watch a movie in a real drive-in theater, get up-close and personal with a herd of bison or play a game of golf, you’ll find it here.”

Ritchea recommended starting a group tour at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center. The staff provides background information about the area to help orient the group for its adventures. Welcome bags are distributed.

Broken Wagon Bison Ranch in Hobart offers wagon tours to a herd of more than 70 bison.

Interpretive programs at the Chellberg Farm and Bailly Homestead make the history of the Indiana Dunes come alive.

The tourism office creates itineraries based on a group’s interests and needs, organizes hotel blocks and helps with reservations at attractions or restaurants.

The office can provide information about dining and group venues, and coordinate step-on-guides.

For more information call 219-926-2255 or visit


About Author

David Hoekman, Managing Editor

David Hoekman is a former newspaperman on a quest to tell the stories of the world’s various places and cultures in compelling ways. He especially enjoys learning and writing about the business of group travel. His favorite destination is wherever he is going next and his travel tip is to always pack an emergency granola bar or two.

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