Top 10 Winter Events in Indiana’s Cool North
Posted on December 23, 2022 by Dina Miller
The holidays are nearly over, but there is still plenty to do in northern Indiana. There are some wonderful winter activities that you need to do as soon as the weather is right (because it might change tomorrow!). There are also traditional events that happen, and we want to make sure you get them on your calendar. Here's our Top 10 list of winter activities, everything from ice to the warm theatre.
The Indiana Dunes – Immerse Yourself in Nature’s Paradise
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.