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Albanese Candy
(855) 272-3227
5441 East Lincoln Highway
Merrillville, Indiana 46410

Factory Tours, Chocolate Waterfall, Candy, Tons of Gummies, and more!
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Barker Mansion
(219) 873-1520
631 Washington St
Michigan City, IN 46360

The historic Barker Mansion lives as a monument of industry, charity, and turn-of-the-century life in Michigan City, highlighting the legacy of the Barker family through interpretive tours and special programs for kids and adults.
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Bellaboo's
219-963-2070
2800 Colorado St.
Lake Station, IN 46405

The Center, designed by the White Hutchinson Leisure & Learning Group and constructed by the Lake County Parks and Recreation Department in Indiana, is based on the proven concept that there is a positive relationship between the way children play and their cognitive and social development. Many facilities are adopting techniques designed to encourage the natural curiosity of children. The Field Museum in Chicago, for instance, has opened the Crown Family Play Lab, which is all about hands-on experiences. The key, there and at Bellaboo's, is a simple one - children learn through play. Everything is meant to be touched, moved, constructed, and played with. At Bellaboo's, activities will combine fun and entertainment leading to learning and development in a safe and secure environment.
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Broken Wagon Bison
219-759-3523
563 W 450 N
Hobart, IN 46342

Come visit Broken Wagon Bison and have your own personal encounter with North America's largest native land mammal.
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Buckley Homestead
219-696-0769
3606 Belshaw Road
Lowell, IN 46356

The historic traditions, culture and heritage of farming life during the 19th and early 20th centuries are re-created on this living history farm, where visitors learn about our local history or reminisce about their own childhood memories.
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Carmelite Shrine
(219)838-7111
1628 Ridge Road
Munster, IN 46321

Hidden among the trees in the serenity of the garden are statues of saints:
St. Therese of the Child Jesus, St. Raphael Kalinowski, St. Maximilian Kolbe, and St. John Paul II. In order to emphasize the beauty and spiritual significance of the mystery of God, in our grottoes and chapels we have assembled a vast collection of unusual minerals, crystals, and rock formations.
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The Museum at Lassen's Resort
219.390.9423
7408 Constitution Ave
Cedar Lake, IN 46303

The Cedar Lake Historical Association is an indispensable educational entity which operates its Museum to allow visitors physical and intellectual access to exhibits and research materials.
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Century of Progress Homes
219-926-7561
1215 N. State Rd. 49
Porter, IN 46304

The five model homes didn't start out in the dunes. They came over after the 1933 World's Fair in Chicago, titled A Century of Progress. The houses starred in the Homes of Tomorrow exhibit, where nearly 50 million people could gaze upon the future of residential architecture and the stunning home conveniences on the horizon.
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Challenger Learning Center
(219) 989-3250
2300 173rd Street
Hammond, IN 46323

An exciting learning environment that promotes the continued exploration of the Earth and space sciences through innovative programs that challenge how teachers educate, students learn, and businesses operate.
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Community Veterans Memorial
(219) 836-3392
9710 Calumet Ave
Munster, IN 46321

Community Veterans Memorial is a 6.5 acre park featuring bronze and granite sculptures, and life-size monuments to depict the major military conflicts that shaped the 20th Century.
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County Line Orchard
(219) 947-4477
200 S County Line Rd
Hobart, IN 46342

Family Fun at its Finest! Gather your family and come spend a day at County Line Orchard. Featuring U-Pick apples, Antique Tractor Rides, Animal Barnyard, 10-acre Corn Maize, Country Kitchen & Grill, and much much more.
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Cruises on the Lake

Harbor Country Adventures
Wines and steins, kayaks and cruises, and adventure and excitement for everyone. You don't need to go north to Michigan to experience the majestic shores of the Great Lakes, explore the sprawling vineyards or experience nature at its finest. No, you just need to head to the southwest part of the state. Just a short drive from Chicago and the Detroit metropolitan area, the New Buffalo/ Michiana area offers lots in the way of exploration and entertainment. Whether you hop aboard one of our relaxing cruise ships, book an adventure on our rocket boat or choose to explore and sample the numerous wineries or distilleries in the area, the area known as Harbor Country offers a bit of everything for everyone.
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Cedar Lake Cruises
From private parties with cocktails and a nice dinner, to weddings, to kids enjoying a day tubing with friends, Cedar Lake Sunset Cruises is ready to get you started enjoying a beautiful day or evening on the lake.
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Fair Oaks Farm
(877) 536-1194
856 N 600 E
Fair Oaks, IN 47943

Fair Oaks Farms is an escape to the country with acres of great outdoor fun, food and learning where you can explore family farms and reconnect with nature, animals and our planet.
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Friendship Botanic Gardens
(219) 878-9885
2055 E US Highway 12
Michigan City, IN 46360

Welcome to Friendship Botanic Gardens, where forested woodlands, sprawling open spaces, and cultivated gardens spill over 105 acres of land that have been a tourist destination since 1936! Gardens are tucked throughout the beautiful valley of Trail Creek.
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Gabis Arboretum
(219) 989-2400
2200 169th Street
Hammond, IN 46323

Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest is a 300-acre, oak preserve of formal gardens, woodlands, wetlands, prairies and hiking trails located near Valparaiso, Indiana. Open year round, the Arboretum offers a wide variety of events and classes for all ages. Officially becoming part of Purdue University Northwest in 2018, Gabis Arboretum provides an enriching, natural habitat for public, educational, conservation and recreational use.
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Gibson Woods Nature Preserve
(219) 844-3188
6201 Parrish Ave
Hammond, IN 46323

While owned and operated by the Lake County Parks, Gibson Woods Nature Preserve is a state dedicated preserve due to its rare plants and animals, some listed as endangered.
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Historic Lake County Courthouse
219-663-0660
1 Courthouse Square
Crown Point, Indiana 46307

The Lake County Courthouse, affectionately referred to as the "Grand Old Lady," eloquently displays combined architectural styles: Romanesque and Georgian. Designed by J. C. Cochran of Chicago, Illinois, this ornate building has been a landmark in Lake County since its erection in 1878.
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Hoosier Bat
(219) 531-1006
1556 Lincolnway
Valparaiso, IN 46385

Reserve ahead for a tour of the facility! The Hoosier Bat Company of Valparaiso, Indiana, manufactures the finest wood baseball bats. We've been in business for 26 years, and are now the third oldest company making and selling wooden baseball bats in the United States. We work with all ages and levels of expertise from major league players to little league players and we ship our baseball bats around the world.
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Indiana Dunes
(219) 926-2255
1215 N State Road 49
Porter, Indiana 46304

Located along the southern tip of Lake Michigan, the Indiana Dunes attracts millions of visitors each year. While best known for its world class beaches, the Indiana Dunes and its surrounding areas offer so much more. World class cuisine, breathtaking scenery, eclectic nightlife and exhilarating biking and hiking await you on your next trip to the Dunes.
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Indiana Welcome Center
(219) 989-7979
7770 Corinne Dr
Hammond, IN 46323

The Indiana Welcome Center is a tourism center and known for hosting "A Christmas Story Comes Home" every year during November & December in honor of Jean Shepherd, narrator and co-writer of "A Christmas Story" which is based on his childhood growing up in Hammond. There is even an statue of Flick out front with his tongue stuck to the pole!
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Jak's Warehouse
(219) 322-5257
221 Indianapolis Blvd
Schererville, IN 46375

We are North West Indiana's Premier Indoor Family Fun Center! We have 7 attractions, over 85 arcade games and a full restaurant café! Come check us out! Whether you are looking for family fun or a date night destination, JAK'S Warehouse has something for you. The Warehouse attractions include: arcade games, laser tag, laser maze, go-carts, bumper cars, sky trail, mini-golf, and an indoor playground with foam ball play of all kinds. Enjoy almost 100 of the newest arcade games, like a touch-screen Fruit Ninja or giant Connect Four. Blacklight attractions include bumper cars, go-karts, laser tag, and laser maze.
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Kankakee Sands
(815) 933-9652
3294 N US-41
Morocco, IN 47963

The Efroymson Restoration at Kankakee Sands in Newton County is a birder and wildflower enthusiast's paradise. The 7,000+ acres are home to an amazing array of birds, wildflowers, plants, and animals that fills the prairie with song and sights to behold. As the Conservancy continues its restoration work here, Kankakee Sands will only get richer and more diverse for generations to come.
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Marquette Park
(219) 938-7362
1 N Grand Blvd
Gary, IN 46403

With plenty of recreation opportunities at Marquette Park, it's a great way to spend your day! Fishing, kayaking, trails, playground, swimming beach, and of course a beautiful view of Lake Michigan!
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Mascott Hall of Fame
(219)354-8814
1851 Front Street
Whiting, IN 46394

The National Mascot Hall of Fame (MHOF) is located at 1851 Front Street in Whiting, Indiana. The 25,000 square foot, multi-million dollar facility is a state-of-the-art, interactive, family fun zone, with a wide range of exhibits, activities and events that celebrate mascot fun. Original and memorable mascot interactions and performances will entertain, teach and enthuse children and their families year-round.
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Pierogi Fest
(219) 659-0292
119th St
Whiting, IN 46394

Pierogi Fest is organized annually by the Whiting-Robertsdale Chamber of Commerce and is the pride of Whiting. Drawing almost 300,000 visitors each year, it is the third largest festival in the state of Indiana. Each year, the fest features long running favorites, including the wacky Polka Parade, Mr. Pierogi and friends, more food vendors than the Taste, specialty and arts and crafts vendors, beer and wine gardens, games, daily entertainment and fun for all ages!
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Sky Zone Trampoline Park
(219) 227-3777
1035 Eagle Ridge Dr
Schererville, IN 46375

Sky Zone Trampoline Park+ is the world's first all-walled trampoline playing court! Fun for kids or just kids at heart! Open Jump, parties, SkyFit, park rentals, corp. events, toddler & special needs times, field trips & fundraisers & birthday parties! This indoor trampoline park provides an environment for families to jump, laugh, and burn off some pent up energy! They are taking their park cleaning procedures and frequency to the next level, including daily disinfectant spraying or fogging of the entire park using products that meet the EPA criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. They are also implementing new standards to reduce capacity, enable social distancing, and promote good hygiene practices within the park.
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The Shrine Of Christ's Passion
(219) 365-6010
10630 Wicker Ave
St John, IN 46373

When you step onto the Prayer Trail at The Shrine of Christ's Passion it is as though you have been transported back 2000 years. The Shrine is a multimedia destination, located just 35 miles from Chicago and is set on 30 acres; it is the culmination of a 10 year project with a total cost of ten million dollars to create. 40 life size bronze figures are artfully placed in dramatically landscaped gardens that look and feel like the Holy Land. As one newscaster stated, it's Jerusalem in your own back yard!
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Up Your Alley
(219) 440-7657
1048 Indianapolis Blvd.
Schererville, IN 46375

Up Your Alley is a new approach on entertainment. Focused on offering an activity for ALL AGES. We have bowling lanes, food, a full bar, live entertainment, cyber sport, laser tag, axe throwing, an entire arcade, and the opportunity to finally have something to do with friends, loved ones, and family any time during the week in Northwest Indiana.
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Vintage Baseball Games & Deep River County Park
219-769-7275
9410 Old Lincoln Highway
Hobart, IN 46342

What is so special about this game? That's easy. It's the gentlemanly behavior of the players and the rules they play by. The men portray players of the mid-1800s, when courtesy prevailed on and off the playing field. There is no swearing, no spitting and no ungentlemanly behavior anywhere during the games.
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WhoaZone at Whihala Beach
866-946-2966
1561 Park Road
Whiting, IN 46394

WhoaZone is an inflatable on-water obstacle course that provides hours of high-energy fun for persons of all ages.
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Wolf Lake
219.659.7678
2324 Calumet Ave
Hammond, IN 46394

Wolf Lake Memorial Park is home to boating, kayaking, fishing, windsurfing and a full host of outdoor recreational activities. Visitors can enjoy the Pavilion at Wolf Lake and the Wolf Lake Aquatic Play Center, which are linked to the Hammond Marina and area amenities by way of a pedestrian trail. Wolf Lake Memorial Park is open daily from dawn to dusk.
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August 18, 2022

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