Along the South Shore of Lake Michigan is Lake County, Indiana, part of the Chicago Metropolitan area, and a mix of urban, suburban and rural areas. Lake Michigan is featured in some of the most popular attractions, but there is a whole lot more!
Nestled between Chicago and the shores of Lake Michigan, Whiting offers family friendly options from an interactive children’s museum full of collegiate and pro mascots, to WhoaZone, the floating waterpark near Whihala Beach. The nationally famous Pierogi Fest occurs here every July, as the Babushkas and the Lawn Mower Brigade honor the stuffed dumpling that is part of their Eastern European heritage. Farther down the lakeshore is the gateway to the Indiana Dunes National Park and the Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana. South of the lake shores you will find a candy factory, inspirational sculptures depicting the Stations of the Cross, and an agri-tourism “Disneyland.”
With all these attractions, plus the dining and shopping, you may have a hard time deciding what to do. So make your stop at the Indiana Welcome center in Hammond, and they can help you discover what you will enjoy most Along the South Shore.
Historic city with family attractions
Discover the City of Whiting, nestled between Chicago and the shores of Lake Michigan. The historic downtown is flourishing with quaint shops, a historic movie theatre, a micro-brewery, and a wide variety of cuisine; all within walking distance. Explore Whiting Lakefront Park and the many family attractions and events, including the Pierogi Fest.
Explore the World of Mascots at the Mascot Hall of Fame, interactive children’s museum. Experience fully interactive, educational exhibits and events that celebrate mascot fun for children, adults, and sports fans.
Don’t miss Whihala Beach and the WhoaZone for a fun family outing!
Home to Miller Beach, the Hard Rock Casino
Gary is home to the Hard Rock Casino, with their popular memorabilia and exciting restaurants, nightlife and casinos. Gary’s famous Jackson Family is part of the story here.
Miller Beach and Marquette Park are places to explore the great outdoors, including the unique ecosystems found in the area. Beach front, trails and picnic areas are available.
The Paul H Douglas Center for Environmental Education is also at this western edge of the Indiana Dunes National Park. Even though the center is temporarily closed, the hiking trails are open.
The Shrine of Christ's Passion
The Shrine of Christ’s Passion is an interactive half-mile walk featuring 40 life-size bronze sculptures. It begins with the last supper and Garden of Gethsamane and ends with the crucifixion and ascension
Candy and Water Slides!
Albanese is known for the World’s Best Gummies; be sure to stop in and take a factory tour. They make over 500 kinds of candy — including 51 kinds of gummies, chocolate, nuts, and everything in between. Deep River Waterpark offers summertime fun with their waterslides and lazy river.
Fair Oaks Farms
Visit Fair Oaks Farms for tours of how modern dairy and pig farms operate. Interactive displays, birthing barn, 3D/4D movies and more encourage learning through their pig, dairy or crop adventures. Buy award winning cheeses in their store, take advantage of seasonal activities such as the orchards, ice skating, and the winter forest of lights. The cafe and farm-to-table restaurant offer a unique dining experience.
Fishing, Boating, Kayaking
A popular destination for fishing, boating, kayaking, or strolling around the lakefront. Catch a live show at Hobart Art Theater and dine in one of the diverse restaurants.
Indoor exhibits, games, shops and outdoor excursions
Meander around the staffed Indiana Welcome Center to find all the area information in addition to exhibits and a gift shop. Cabela’s is another favorite stop, with their museum quality wildlife displays, aquarium, and a vast array of clothing and outdoor gear. Play Vegas style gaming and enjoy award winning dining and entertainment at The Horseshoe Casino.