Indiana Dunes ~ Summer 2014

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Even though I live in the Midwest and am no where near an ocean, I still am able to enjoy the beach. Chicago has numerous beaches along the lakefront but I prefer to head to Indiana and visit the Indiana Dunes. Only an hour and a half away from my day-to-day life is my sandy escape.

Overall, I’ve found the Dunes to be pretty clean, the water temperature comfortable and the beach area not very crowded. Here are some of my favorite pictures from our day trip earlier this month.

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Valplayso: Best Playground Ever! {Valparaiso, IN}

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While on a day trip to Indiana last month we stopped at a well-known playground called Valplayso. I think there is so much to do at this playground and so many places the imagination could take children while they are playing that my kids could have spent all day there.

The playground is made mostly of wood and some of the pieces have seen better days but it’s still worth a visit. I found an article that was written the day we were there that says the playground is going to get rebuilt next year. The article said that some elements would be kept and built upon. It also said that more would be done to accommodate children with special needs. You can read the article here.

Enough of the text, let’s get to the fun part–the pictures!!

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We had a hard time finding the park since the address we had was wrong. Here is a description of where the park is and a link to the map directly from the Valpo Parks website.

Day Trip To Indiana Dunes

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Over 4th of July weekend we took a day trip to the Indiana Dunes. I thought the beach would be really crowded with everyone off work and the fireworks that evening but it never really got that busy. Here are some of my favorite pictures from the day:

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Headed to the beach soon? My top 3 tips for families headed to the beach are: bring your own food, bring something that will shade you from the sun, and get there early for a spot by the water.