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Discover Top Park Picks

Discover Top Park Picks
In LaPorte County

Parks abound in Northern Indiana’s LaPorte County – ideal stops for fresh air and sunshine, with plenty of activity just made for outdoor enthusiasts. Vacationers and day-trippers, as well as anyone looking for a respite on a day off from work or school, will find their perfect match in this popular getaway area.

Beachgoers head for the Lake Michigan shore in Michigan City or sandy stretches along clear inland lakes a few miles south in the community of LaPorte. City and county parks draw hikers, bicyclists, and rollerbladers while featuring great playgrounds that are every kid’s dream. Just a few miles west of Michigan City, one of the nation’s newest national parks reigns as a United States treasure, with lofty sand dunes towering high above Lake Michigan and miles of inland trails.

Whatever the season, the outdoors is calling. With autumn just around the corner, parks in LaPorte County provide a primo place to soak in Nature’s best color show.

National Park

Indiana Dunes National Park and State Park – These adjoining parks just a few miles west of Michigan City feature miles of Lake Michigan beaches set against towering sand dunes. Numerous trails weave through and over rugged dunes and head farther inland across watery bogs and through deep forests. A host of naturalist-led programs are available.

City Parks

All city parks offer picnic tables, shelters, grills, and restrooms.

Washington Park, Michigan City – Two miles of pristine sand beach along Lake Michigan dominate this gem of a park, which includes acres of shady grounds perfect for picnicking, a fitness trail, concessions, etc. Visitors can walk the long pier for up-close views of the community’s iconic 1904 lighthouse. Washington Park Zoo , Michigan City Marina, Old Lighthouse Museum, Sunset Grille and Fish Camp adjoins the grounds.

Soldiers Memorial Park, LaPorte – Swimmers, boaters, and anglers head for the shore at this city park along Stone Lake, known for its sandy public beach and clear waters. Playgrounds, volleyball courts, mountain biking trails, plus cross-country skiing trails for winter, make this a go-to recreational spot. You can now rent kayaks at the park. Park trails through woodlands filled with old-growth forests lead to nearby Pine Lake, another popular recreation lake. The park’s bike trail passes both lakes.

Kesling Park, LaPorte – Year-round family fun is in store at this park on the south side of town. Kids have a blast on the great playground equipment at Fort LaPlay Porte. The park features a walking and nature trail, tennis courts, a pickleball court, a fitness trail, and a wintertime sledding hill. A fitness court is currently under construction.

County Parks

All county parks offer picnic tables, shelters, and restrooms.

Bluhm County Park, Westville – If you have a passion for wildflowers, this is your place. Nature trails lead through the spring display on the east side of the park, known for some of the area’s best wildflower viewing. The park includes multiple-use trails, many paved, for hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, and horseback riding.

Creek Ridge County Park, Michigan City – Lovely Trail Creek runs through this park, where a series of boardwalks allows visitors to access the entire trail system through prairies, wetlands, and forests. Enjoy playground equipment and a disc golf course.

Luhr County Park, LaPorte – Visitors can bring a pole or rent one at the nature center to fish in the stocked pond at this park, which also features paved trails through forests and wetlands, and an observation tower. Kids will love the new playground equipment and the displays in the Nature Center of animals and giant insects, plus hands-on activities.

Red Mill County Park, LaPorte – The headwaters of the Little Calumet River burble over large rocks at this woodland park, with 23 acres of wetlands and open waters. Both hiking and mountain bike trails traverse the park, which includes a 108-acre State Dedicated Nature Preserve. New playground equipment is on tap in the near future.

Specialty Parks

Michigan City Skate Park, Michigan City – One of the Midwest’s largest skate parks, this venue in Pullman Park features banks, jump boxes, half-pipes, quarter-pipes and more thrills for skateboarders and bikers alike.

Thrills and Spills Skate Park, LaPorte – Both skateboarders and bikers will find loads of twists and turns at this site located in Fox Memorial Park. The skate park features numerous ramps and rails.

La Park Splash Pad, LaPorte – Kids love the summertime cool-offs under spraying fountains shaped like flowers, showering buckets, and even a giant frog that spews water at this city facility.

Plaza 618 Splash Pad, LaPorte – This welcoming downtown plaza where locals enjoy relaxing, also offers an at-grade water feature in the summer, with sprays coming right out of the pavement where the kids can cool off.

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