Top 10 Things to Do That are Ready When You Are

Our Top 15 lists showcase the many unique and eclectic things to do in Indiana's Cool North.  However, in the current COVID-19 world, not everything is open or the safest choice for your situation.  We have searched through our Top 15 lists and pulled together ten things to do that may be right for now or in the very near future.  Most are outdoor, some completely on your own in your car, and others are for smaller groups in safer settings that may be open now or will be soon.  We encourage you to follow current guidelines for face masks, hand washing and social distancing.  We know you are ready to get out and explore, and we have safe, close, and affordable options in northern Indiana.  The original tried and true Top 15 lists will remain for when the time is right!  Things change rapidly, so be sure to check with the individual websites or business before finalizing your plans.

The Indiana Dunes – Immerse Yourself in Nature’s Paradise

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Indiana’s Cool North claims one of the nation’s most unique treasures – The Indiana Dunes National Park. Visitors fall in love with an amazing landscape of towering sand dunes that rise from miles of pristine beaches along the clear, inviting waters of Lake Michigan. Within this 15,000-acre enclave, you’ll also discover peaceful woodlands, meandering rivers, sunny prairies and mysterious wetlands.

Enjoy endless days of sunning and strolling along 15 miles of sandy beaches and diving into cool waters. Or hike among the dunes themselves, where waving beach grass and shifting sands sculpt a sweeping spectacle.  Some hikers tackle the renowned 3 Dune Challenge, climbing some of the tallest sandy peaks. There are 50 miles of hiking trails to choose from in the dunes and farther inland, where walkways cross watery bogs, and pathways lead through deep forests, havens for wildlife. Devout birdwatchers have come to know the area for the more than 350 bird species that live here or migrate through.

You can get information and advice on specific hiking trails, camping, fishing, birding and other outdoor adventures at Indiana Dunes State Park. Rangers lead guided nature hikes and other activities, including a two-hour tour of the Indiana Dunes National Park in one of the park’s heated shuttle buses.

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