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Travel & Tourism - Parks
Washington Park

Washington Park & Zoo

On The Lake in Washington Park
115 Lakeshore Dr., Michigan City, IN
phone: (219) 873-1510

Points of Interest

  • Beaches and Swimming
  • Bird Watching
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Ice Skating
  • Playgrounds
  • Picnics and Shelters
  • Volleyball
  • Year-round Festivals and Events
  • North Point Pavilion - beautiful views of the beach on upper level observation deck plus a dining facility
Millennium Plaza, Washington Park

Points of Interest
  • Original site of Smith Brothers Cough Drop Factory
  • Sits near historic Trail Creek at the entrance to Heismann Harbor on beautiful Lake Michigan
  • Old Lighthouse Museum looks down on a new fountain in the plaza, encircled by memoial bricks and benches placed for perfect views of sunsets over the lake
Patriot Park

2224 N. 950 W.
Michigan City, IN

Points of Interest
  • Recipient of National Softball Association's 2001 Outstanding Park Award
  • $1.94 million park on 120 acres
  • Four lighted ball fields
  • Concession building with restrooms
  • Regulation size soccer field
  • Three shelters
  • Parking for 100 cars
Creek Ridge County Park

Points of Interest
  • 77 acres
  • Bird watching
  • Nature trails; hard surface trails for people with disabilities
  • Boardwalk to Trail Creek
  • Fishing for salmon and trout
  • Picnic tables, grills, restrooms, volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, and playgrounds

Picnic Shelters Available for Rent

Novak Memorial Shelter

  • Gazebo for weddings
  • 25 tables-seats 150
  • Electricity/Serving counters
  • 2 large grills

Prairie Shelter

  • Close to playground/parking/restrooms
  • 12 tables-seats 78
  • Electricity/Serving counters
  • 1 large grill

Lion's Shelter

  • Close to playground
  • 10 tables-seats 60
  • Electricity/Serving counter
  • 1 large grill

7943 W. 400 N. Michigan City
219-325-8315 or 219-873-7014 (ext 223)

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Points of Interest

  • Dorothy Buell Memorial Visitor Center
    Kemil Road at U. S. 12, 3 miles east of Indiana 49 Munson Road at
    Indiana 49, 1/2 mile south of U.S 20
    Open daily except January 1, Thanksgiving Day, and December 25
  • Swimming-There are several beaches located along the lakeshore including West Beach, Porter Beach, Kemil Beach, Lake View, Central Beach, and Mt. Baldy.
  • Dune climbing, hiking and walking trails
  • Accommodations and camping
  • Fishing and boating
  • Picnicking
  • Horseback riding
  • Winter activities including hiking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing
  • Protected ecosystems which provide shelter and breeding sites for threatened and endangered species
  • Environmental Education
    1. The Douglas Center presents day-use environmental education programs. For information call 219.926.7561.
    2. The Indiana Dunes Environmental Learning Center operates a residential facility for schools and other organizations. Call 219.395.9555 for program information.
  • Special Activities
    1. March's Maple Sugar Time Festival
    2. September's Duneland Harvest Festival

For more information, write Superintendent, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore:
1100 North Mineral Springs Road
Porter, IN 46304-1299
Visitor Info: 219-926-7561 (ext 225)

Beach Closing Info: 219-926-7561 (ext 668)
Fax: 219-926-7561

International Friendship Gardens
Gardens, Statuary, Reflecting Pools
PO Box 8834
2055 E. Hwy 12, Michigan City, IN
Open Seasonally Wed-Sun

Michigan City Campground
1601 N. Hwy. 421
Michigan City, IN
or 800-813-2267

Michigan City Port Authority
Water sports
Washington Park Basin

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