Recreation & Tourism

Recreation & Tourism

In Portage, vacation starts right in our backyard with a public marina and the Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk providing easy access to beautiful beaches and Lake Michigan. Just a few miles away is the Indiana Dunes, which also provides abundant opportunities for recreation, including swimming, hiking, cycling, paddling, birding, and fishing, to name a few. 

Indiana Dunes Tourism
The Indiana Dunes attract more visitors annually than Everglades National Park in Florida. Indiana Dunes Tourism helps our visitors discover all the dunes have to offer and beyond with plenty of culture and events happening south of the shore. Build a sandcastle, dig your toes in the sand, hike up and down the dunes or explore one of our nearby communities—it all starts at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, just past Portage off Highway 94.

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore entails 15 miles of shoreline on Lake Michigan.You’ll find pristine sand, clear water, and huge sand dunes. Whether you enjoy bird watching, camping, or flying kites, the National Lakeshore will continue to surprise you. Hikers will enjoy rugged trails, wetlands, sunny prairies, meandering rivers, and peaceful forests.

Indiana Dunes State Park
The Indiana Dunes State Park lies within the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore—just think of it as a park within a park. Located at the north end of State Road 49, this state-run park consists of 2,182 acres of primitive, beautiful, historic and unique dune landscape, including the three highest dunes along the southern shore of Lake Michigan.

Other Cultural Activities 
Boundless cultural activities are available in Northwest Indiana or a short commute to Downtown Chicago.

Sporting Events
Enjoy an evening of SouthShore RailCat’s Baseball, Valparaiso University Basketball, or National Sporting Events just minutes away in Chicago. 

SouthShore RailCat’s Baseball
Valparaiso University Sporting Events 
Chicago Sports and Recreation