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Indiana Dunes

Chesterton, IN, United States
16 Kudos
Living in the Midwest, it always seems like the beach is way far away. But really a quick day or weekend trip to the Beaches of Lake Michigan is almost just as good. One of my favorite spots is Indiana Dunes near Gary, Indiana. When you walk out onto to the beach, you feel just like you are at a “real” beach. Sun, sand, and waves. Everything to make a great day at the beach! What’s really nice is that since it’s fresh water, you don’t have to worry about the water burning your eyes, and no sharks to worry about either!
Heading up to the Dunes is a great way for a Midwest weekend away that really feels like a real vacation.
The most recent time we went, we drove down to Chesterton afterward to grab dinner. We went to a little Italian place called Lucrezia. It looked like an old house converted into a restaurant. It was really good! I can’t remember the name of the dish, but I got a pasta with a creamy sauce with sun dried tomatoes and spinach and it was delicious!
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Points of interest

Lake Michigan
Lake Michigan
Lake Michigan is gorgeous. Visit the beaches, take a swim, or take a boat trip onto the lake for a great day!
Cute little town with quite a few restaurants and shops


Gelsosomo's Pizzeria
My husband and I were in the area for his work and we really enjoyed Gelsosomos pizza. Enough that we got it twice!
Lucrezia® Café
Delicious little Italian restaurant. The food and service was great

Special activities

Indiana Dunes State Park
Indiana Dunes State Park
Beautiful sandy beaches and in the summer months the water temperature is perfect!

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