Cool things to do!

Acorn Theater
107 Generations Drive, Three Oaks MI

The Acorn Theater is a rare and remarkable performing arts venue bringing high-quality, professional, live entertainment to its audience. Built in a historic featherbone factory, the Acorn offers a unique intimate atmosphere, with equally unique programming. Now as a newly formed 501 (c) 3 Non-for-Profit, the Acorn looks to expand it’s reach and cater to the community it serves, and beyond.

269-756-3879
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Deep River Waterpark
9001 E. Lincoln Hwy., Crown Point IN 46307

Deep River Waterpark is the second largest publicly owned waterpark in the USA and largest in the Northern Indiana, Southern Michigan and Chicagoland area. Open the Friday before Memorial Day thru Labor Day 10am-6pm, we feature over 16 waterplay features for all age and activity levels. Additionally there’s a “weather guarantee”, we’re cooler friendly, and there’s always free parking.

219-947-7850
Friendship Botanic Gardens
2055 E US Highway 12

OPEN May through October Wednesday through Sunday from 10am-6pm Central Time. Wednesdays are half-price admission.

Admission: $8. Ages 12 and under are free. Wedding Tours Year-Round.

Members have access to grounds year round from dawn to dusk!

219.878.9885
450 West 100 North, Valparaiso IN

Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest is a 300 acre oak preserve of formal gardens, woodlands, wetlands and prairies. Officially becoming part of Purdue University Northwest in 2018, Gabis Arboretum provides an enriching, natural habitat for public, educational, conservation and recreational use year-round.

Located approximately 25 miles from the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and 60 miles southeast of Chicago in Valparaiso, Indiana, Gabis Arboretum offers beautiful vistas, quiet corners and hiking trails to escape into its diverse landscape.

Hours and cost of admission can be found at https://www.pnw.edu/gabis-arboretum/

219.462.0025
Harbor Country Adventures
1 Washington Street Michigan City, IN 46360

Explore all Lake Michigan can offer with an exciting high-speed ‘Sea Rocket’ boat tour or a relaxing cruise aboard The Emita II. Spend time exploring the best wine tour Michigan has to offer. Enjoy regional vineyards. cellars and wineries. Sample the best wines of the area, and don’t forget to buy a few bottles to bring home.

(269) 231-5867
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Hobgoblin
2 West Dunes Highway, Beverly Shores IN 46301

Hobgoblin Fine Wine and Spirits is a year-round purveyor located on Dunes Highway in historic Beverly Shores, Indiana. Our Mission is to create an inviting down-to-earth wine, spirits, and beer experience.

Hobgoblin.com
773.576.6170
Madeleine Schooley
613 washington park blvd Michigan City, IN 46360

Local Artist selling original work, prints and greeting cards, and local travelling art teacher

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Nelson Algren Museum of Miller Beach
541 S. Lake Street, Miller Beach IN

Nelson Algren is best known for his novel “The Man with the Golden Arm” which was turned into the 1955 film on drug addiction starring Frank Sinatra and Kim Novak, and “Walk on the Wild Side,” the title Lou Reed used for his song, “Take a Walk on the Wild Side.”

Algren lived in Chicago but loved the Indiana Dunes so much he used the first real money he ever earned to buy a small cabin on the shores of the Miller Lagoon.  He rode the South Shore Railroad between Chicago and Miller throughout the 1950’s and 1960’s, bringing friends and lovers such as Simone de Beauvoir, considered the founder of the modern feminist movement, to the dunes.

The Nelson Algren Museum of Miller Beach, open by appointment only, houses the desk, typewriter and chair Algren used to write “The Man with the Golden Arm” as well as 24 photographs of his life by renowned photographer Art Shay.  The Museum maintains significant letters and documents from his life.  A tour of the museum include a street-side view of his cabin.  Please contact suerutsen@comcast.net or 773-914-2574 to arrange a time to tour the Museum.

773.914.2574
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Pedal Power Rentals
1215 IN-49, Porter, IN 46304

Located right next to the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center on IN-49. Pedal Power Rentals has both adult and kid bikes. Adult bikes are $7 per hour or $35 for the day. Kids are $5 per hour or $25 for the day.
This summer we will be offering beach sunset tours, bike and beach yoga and bike, run and hike tours.

Looking to rent for your large party? We can accommodate groups of up to 40 people! Call 219.921.3085 to make your reservation.

219.921.3085
Welcome to Dig the Dunes!

Dig the Dunes uncovers all the secrets of the dunes! From trails and beaches, to people, places, events and even the history and geology. Visit our page frequently for fun facts and new adventures for you to embark upon!

We offer lots of classes like beach glass art, jewelry making, wine and canvas, hikes, comedy shows and more!

Questions or ideas? email us at info@digthedunes.com