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Where to go
Here’s a look at the local destinations in Indiana Dunes National Park:
Chesterton European Market
The Chesterton European Market is held every Saturday morning on Broadway and Third Street in scenic downtown Chesterton, just south of the Indiana Dunes Welcome Center in Porter and Indiana Dunes State Park.
One of Northwest Indiana’s premier farmer’s markets, the European Market offers farm-fresh fruit and festivals as well as art, crafts, handcrafted jewelry, oils, pastries and more. dog treats in a pet friendly atmosphere. Expect live music, food trucks, and lots of atmosphere. Then one can visit downtown favorites like O’Hara and Wilson Bookstore, Running Vines, romantic Italian restaurant Lucretzia and Octave Grill, a hipster burger.
Mount Baldy is located in Michigan City, a beachfront town home to the Uptown Arts District, the Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Lighthouse Place Premiums outlet stores, and the Blue Chip Casino.
It’s full of art galleries, antique stores, and must-see restaurants like Muchos Mas, Shoreline Brewery, Panini Panini, Fiddlehead Restaurant, Patrick’s Grill, and Royale with Cheese. One can also visit cultural attractions like the Washington Park Zoo, Barker Mansion, Lighthouse Museum and International Friendship Gardens.
The eclectic bohemian enclave of the Miller Quarter on Gary Lake, near Miller Woods and the Paul H. Douglas Environmental Education Center, has many nearby attractions such as Lake Street Beach, West Beach, Marquette Park, Miller Lagoon , Lake Street Gallery, and Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts.
There are many dining options like 18th Street Brewpub, Miller Pizza, Taco & Tequila, Miller’s Flamingo Pizza, and Beach Cafe.
The Goblin and the Grocer
The restaurant and grocery store at 1 West Dunes Highway in Beverly Shores caters to foodies in the Duneland area. It offers wine, coffee, and finer things like racks of grilled lamb and steamed mussels.
A few miles south of the Indiana Dunes, Valparaiso has plenty of attractions including many downtown restaurants, the Indian Indie Bang Bang, the Brauer Museum, and PoCo Muse. It is home to the University of Valparaiso and a coffee lover’s paradise with Fluid Coffeebar, Dagger Mountain, Blackbird Cafe and Uptown Cafe. A cultural and culinary center, Valpo offers plenty of coffee, craft beer, mead, and high-end dining experiences.