10 Things to Do in Lake Station That You Shouldn't Miss

December 14, 2017 Nicolette Lion

Lake Station in United States, from Nouth America region, is best know for State Parks. Discover best things to do in Lake Station with beautiful photos and great reviews from traveller around the world here!
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1. Indiana Dunes State Park

1600 N 25 E, Chesterton, IN 46304-1142 +1 219-926-1952
Excellent
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4.5 based on 640 reviews

Indiana Dunes State Park

Indiana Dunes State Park consists of 2,182 acres of primitive, beautiful, historic and unique Hoosier landscape. It lies at the north end of State Road 49 in Porter County, and includes more than three miles of beautiful beach along Lake Michigan’s southern shore. In the early 1900s scientists, recreationists and nature enthusiasts, recognizing the value and potential of the Indiana dunes area, fought to have the region preserved. As a result, in 1925, the state park was established.Large sand dunes, located beyond the entire shoreline, have taken thousands of years to form, and tower nearly 200 feet above Lake Michigan. A wide range of habitats and plant species are found in the park, with vegetation stabilizing some of the sand. These habitats provide homes for many types of plants and animals. The lake also provides habitat for many aquatic species, as well as a constantly changing fishery.Indiana Dunes State Park features a wide variety of habitats, including beach, sand dunes, black oak forest, wooded wetlands, and a button-bush marsh. Together, these areas contain some of the most diverse flora and fauna in the Midwest. Botanists from across the country enjoy studying the unusual collection of plant life. Other interesting features include “tree graveyards” (places where forests have been buried by sand and then, more recently, re-exposed by wind erosion). “Tree graveyards” can be seen in Big Blowout, near Trail 10. The Indiana Dunes area also is renowned throughout the Midwest for its birding. Visit the Nature Center to ask about good birding locations.Indiana Dunes State Park is surrounded by Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, a federally administered park comprising approximately 15,000 acres.

Reviewed By Alexandrea S

Went into the Visitor’s Center because we weren’t sure what would be a good hike. The woman working told us about the 3 Dunes Challenge. We are experienced hikers and it took us about 20 minutes, but I would give yourself 45 minutes to take photos. The hike up to each dune is short but very steep. The views of Lake Michigan at the top are gorgeous! We went in the fall when most the leaves had fallen so we could see the lake perfectly.

If you are passing through you should definitely check it out!

2. Taltree Arboretum and Gardens

450 W 100 N, Valparaiso, IN 46385-9230 +1 219-462-0025
Excellent
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4.5 based on 163 reviews

Taltree Arboretum and Gardens

Taltree Arboretum & Gardens is 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to preserving the environment, educating the public, and conserving a natural space for guests to enjoy. Situated on a beautiful 330-acre oak preserve of formal gardens, and restored woodlands, wetlands, and prairie, Taltree hosts a variety of public classes, exhibits, and events. During visits, guests can explore approximately 6 miles of hiking trails and diverse landscapes, relax in the formal gardens, visit animals in the children's garden, enjoy the intricate Railway Garden, and more.

Reviewed By john b - Valparaiso, Indiana

The place is very nice. A real enjuyable afternoon.
Trains are great!
Animals are fun.
Beautiful surroundings.
Great flowers.
My beef, the cost. I thought at $8 a head it is way overpriced. I think $10 per car would bring them lots more people.
I'm from Chicago. Morton arboretum and the Botanic Gardens are much nicer and I think both free?
We, as a group kept going 3? 4? all afternoon. I could not get over the price, sorry. It is a lovely place and no matter what your age you will have a nice afternoon.

3. Bellaboo's Play and Discovery Center

2800 Colorado St, Three Rivers Co Park, Lake Station, IN 46405-1700 +1 219-963-2070
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4.5 based on 27 reviews

Bellaboo's Play and Discovery Center

Reviewed By Heather H - Hobart, Indiana

My 7 year old loves this place and always has. However, it needs a good scrub down. The amount of dust on the carpeted walls of the slide/ball pit area is disgusting. Each of the areas has great activities. My daughter especially loves the pizzeria/grocery/house area. The water room leaks into the construction room so beware of wet carpet!!

4. Albanese Candy Factory

5441 E Lincoln Hwy, Merrillville, IN 46410-5947 +1 219-947-3070
Excellent
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4.5 based on 434 reviews

Albanese Candy Factory

Reviewed By woodjan - Hobart, Indiana

Great outlet for the candy lover in the family. The chocolate lover..the chocolate covered raisins or the chocolate covered pecans. Of course they carry gummy bears.worms etc. Too. Sugar free candy is in ample supply. Friendly staff. Can't go wrong here.

5. County Line Orchard

200 S County Line Rd, Hobart, IN 46342-2603 +1 219-947-4477
Excellent
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4 based on 136 reviews

County Line Orchard

We are currently closed. Our Season will be starting August 30, 2017 and closing October 29, 2017.

Reviewed By Terkamiz - Munster, Indiana

had a fabulous time picking different types of apples. the children learned about different apples and their tastes. took lots of great photo's with the beautiful decorations! Spent a wonderful day at the orchard, had a bite to eat, spent some money in the gift...MoreWe are so happy you had a great time with your family. Thanks so much for taking the time to review, we really appreciate it!

6. Michael Jackson Family Home

2300 Jackson St, Gary, IN 46407-3050
Excellent
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4 based on 109 reviews

Michael Jackson Family Home

Reviewed By MrMikeandCarrie - Hawthorn Woods, Illinois

It's interesting to see the roots. Contrary to what you may read here, the neighborhood is not scary and dangerous. It's only about a mile off the Skyway and well worth a quick detour. There are no guided tours and it is not q museum. Go! If you think this neighborhood is sketchy it's probably best that you stay in your lily white suburbs in your gated community.

7. Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

1215 N State Road 49, Porter, IN 46304-1369 +1 219-395-1882
Excellent
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4.5 based on 251 reviews

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Reviewed By Steve H - Denver, Colorado

The National Park Service brochure says it all -- a true oasis in the Northern Indiana urban/industrial zone. We spent a wonderful afternoon at Kemil Beach, and also saw historic sites (Century of Progress homes), the Mount Baldy dune area, and the Great Marsh -- a beautiful lakeshore!

8. Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk

Riverwalk Dr, Portage, IN 46368 +1 219-762-1675
Excellent
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4.5 based on 82 reviews

Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk

Reviewed By John V

Face it, who expects to see a gem of nature so close to an industrial and rail hub in Indiana but this is surely one.

Hike the trails, enjoy the lake views,and beaches. If you are still able to be,awed by the beauty of nature this place is worth a visit.

9. Edge Adventures NW Indiana - Deep River

9001 E Lincoln Hwy, Crown Point, IN 46307-8825
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5 based on 26 reviews

Edge Adventures NW Indiana - Deep River

Edge Adventures are treetop trails ranging from 16-60 feet in the air. Participants choose their own self guided course and engage in a combination of obstacles and zip lines as they maneuver their way through different trails with a progressive degree of challenges. There are thrills to satisfy all adventure types!

Reviewed By Cassy S - Indianapolis, Indiana

Recently went to Edge Adventures for my birthday with a group of friends. Loved the different course options (we had people who are afraid of heights and people who are more dare-devil like in our group) and that we could go at our pace. We had a very fun experience and it was something different for everyone to try.

10. Deep River Water Park

9001 E Lincoln Hwy, Crown Point, IN 46307-8825 +1 219-947-7850
Excellent
39%
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4 based on 106 reviews

Deep River Water Park

Deep River Waterpark opened in 1995..expanded in 2005...opened the KRAKEN in 2017 and is now Northern Indiana, Southern Michigan and the Chicagoland's Largest! We feature activities and rides for all ages, from toddlers to grandparents! At Deep River Waterpark you'll find family affordable rates, packages, group discounts, lodging packages, Birthday Parties and more...please check our website for all info.

Reviewed By Jessica R - San Jose, California

We spent about 4 hours at Deep River and could have easily spent another two hours. The lines were manageable, and moved quickly. The floats and tubes provided were all in good condition. The restrooms were spotless. The only negatives is that the food selection...MoreTHANKS & appreciated! ?☀️?

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