Michigan City Travel Guide

  • Warnings and Dangers
    by Toughluck
  • Michigan City
    by Sage49
  • Warnings and Dangers
    by Toughluck

Michigan City Things to Do

  • Mt. Baldy - Climb a dune

    Located just north and west of the Outlet mall is the Mt. Baldy, a part of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. This is a large active dune. Currently, it is moving south and headed towards the parking lot. In a few years, the sand may begin blocking the road in the winter.It's winter when most of the sand moves. The north winds off the lake, push...

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  • Lighthouses

    At the dawn of the third decade of the nineteenth century, Crawfordsville visionary Major Isaac C. Elston visited Indiana's small sliver of frontage on Lake Michigan, and foreseeing the potential the area represented as a shipping point for Indiana's bounty, purchased most of the land and platted the town of Michigan City on the banks of Trail...

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  • Washington Park Zoo

    Once you're parked at Washington Park, head across the street to the zoo. It's small, which means that you'll not be worn out when your done and the kids won't become bored. Plenty of variety in animals, Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh my! plus zebras, birds and others.

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  • Washington Park

    Washington Park is the cities beach and picnic area. There is a parking fee, but other than that, it's wide open sand. It's up current (east) from the marina, which means that all the sand coming down along the lakeshore builds up behind the marina walls. This has created one of the largest beaches in the state. Well, I think it's the largest.

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  • Outlet Shopping

    Lighthouse Place is a large outlet mall. The only larger one that I've seen, it north of Chicago (40 miles) at Gurnee Mills. And it's huge. Lighthouse place is large with over 50 stores, maybe even 100, but I doubt it's that many. Lots of options. It's 60+ miles from Chicago, but it's easy to get to from anywhere in northwest Indiana.

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  • Old Lighthouse Museum

    The Old Lighthouse Museum in Washington Park in Michigan City is where you can see the only lighthouse in Indiana. You can also learn a little about Michigan City's history here. The museum is small and the admission is $2 for adults. It is only open from March thru December and 1pm-4pm Tuesday-Sunday.

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  • Barker Mansion

    The Barker Mansion, a 38 room English Manor style home, is the former residence of local millionaire-industrialist, John H. Barker, who built the Haskell & Barker Railroad Car Company, which later became Pullman-Standard. In 1910, 5 years after the mansion was completed, both Mr. and Mrs. Barker passed away, leaving the mansion to their only child,...

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  • Icy (Lunar) Lakescape

    This was the odd lakescape in March, before the spring "break-up." The smokestacks of Gary are visible in the distance.

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  • Washington Park - Old Lighthouse

    I visited Michigan City as part of my circle tour of Lake Michigan in March. Sam Barnett - a great VTer - tore himself away from his workplace and met me here at Washington Park. He proceeded to give a tremendous personalized tour of the Indiana Dunes, full of the natural history and political history of this fragile yet resilient biota. Sam was...

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Michigan City Hotels

Michigan City Restaurants

  • The Franklin Strip

    South Franklin or (US 421) is the main shopping and dining district in Michigan City. Streatching from the Interstate 94 interchange, northward, you'll find a multitude of places to each and shop.Numbers above 4000 are south of US 20, Numbers lower than 4000 are north of US 20.Ajs Bar & Grill, 2317 Franklin St, Blimpie , 5822 Franklin St, Buffalo...

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  • No Mexican food lover would ever eat...

    Hacienda, never, if you have ever been to a Mexican restaurant in a state that has authentic Mexican food, or even eaten at Toco Bell, you will be satisfied elsewhere. Their food is an insult to Mexican, Tex/Mex, California Mexican food. For reasons only known to people in the Midwest the locals love this place. In my opinion I would go only for...

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  • By the Mall

    One of several in a group of restaurants. The others cater to different interests. This one's family oriented with medium priced meals and large servings. The others:Rodini Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge4125 Franklin St, Michigan City, IN 46360 Dinos Restaurant402 W Us Highway 20, Michigan City, IN 46360

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  • Buffet

    A little bit of everything. If you're group can't decide what type of food you'd like, this is the place to go. A full buffet with steaks sizzling on the grill, Barbeque, pasta salads, lettuce salads, potato salads, oriental, mexican, butter dripping corn and fish. Just about any choice you'd like to make. The price is fixed with lunch time being...

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  • Family Dining

    It's a local place here and in 21 other towns in northern Indiana & Illiniois. Some are silver metal on the exterior like the old diners, many are modern restaurants. On weekend evenings, the high school kids (teenagers) come here to see and be seen. Always a nice place to have a meal. I've not eaten at this location. But I've never been...

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  • Best clam chowder in Chicagoland

    Swingbelly's is a great family place. They have a variety of burgers and sandwiches and dinner specials after 5 p.m. A few salads are available, but items like the chicken pita and the aforementioned burgers and chicken fingers are the standouts. Their soups are excellent. Our favotire dish for many years now is the Friday soup special -- Boston...

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Michigan City Nightlife

  • Community Theater

    Each year, the 4th Street Theater presents five plays, dramas, comedies, and musicals. The 2006-2007 productions have included:GodspellThe Diary of Anne FrankThe Smell of the KillI Love You, You're Perfect, Now ChangeMusical Comedy Murders of 1940This is a small intimate theater. Seats about 80 people and you're right upfront in every...

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  • Good Local Bands, Fun Crowd, Great Food

    Three Sheets has great burgers, steaks. The bartenders are fun and friendly. Good neighborhood spot. Local bands play most Saturdays, karaoke on Fridays and Wednesdays. Pool table, arcade games. Great neighborhood bar!

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Michigan City Transportation

  • South Shore Line

    Michigan City is easily accessible by the South Shore Line which runs from Chicago's Randolph station to South Bend's regional airport. It has 2 stops in Michigan City. One is 11th street and the other is Carroll Ave. 11th Street is downtown Michigan City and is within walking distance to the Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets.

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  • South Shore line

    There are two South Shore line stops in Michigan City: a downtown stop at 114 East 11th Street and another on the east side of town at Carroll Avenue.

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Michigan City Shopping

  • Shop til you drop!!!

    This place has everything you need. I like the Coach, Movado, Crate and Barrel, J Crew and Timberland outets. But they have many more. coach bagstimberland bagsmovado watchesclothes I spent about $400.00

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  • Outlet Shopping

    Really, the only reason I ever go to Michigan City is to visit this mall. It's about 45 minutes from Hammond, 1 1/4 hours from Chicago.One of the stores with the best "bargains" is the Coach outlet. The purses and accessories are still expensive but are about 1/2 of what you'd pay at a department store. You can find a listing of the stores at the...

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  • Great shopping opportunities

    The outdoor outlet has 120 stores. Some of the stores include Gap, Reebok, Pepperidge Farm, all at great prices. clothes, shoes, cooking utensils, food, gifts, etc.

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Michigan City Warnings and Dangers

  • Think before you enter the water.

    Natural lakes and streams offer a variety of recreational opportunties. But they all come with a risk Surface waters like Lake Michigan are the home of many varities of fish. It's a great place (apparently) to go fishing. But it's also the place where the fish leave their body waste, including dead bodies when they die. But the visible stuff is not...

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  • Shelf Ice

    It looks so inviting, hills of crushed ice, mounded high. Peaks to conquer and crevasses to plunge down into. What a place for kids to play. DON't Let THEM. While it looks inviting and the peaks are only a few feet up and the crevasses look to be a foot or two deep. This is a treacherous landscape.Hidden beneath the frozen surface are caves and...

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  • Rip Currents

    Each summer there is one or more deaths along the shores of Lake Michigan. These drownings usually occur when there is a strong rip current. STAY OUT OF THE WATER when rip currents might be present.What is a RIP CURRENT? A rip current is a strong rush of water from the shore, directly out into the lake. It can be running at only 2 or 3 miles...

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Michigan City Tourist Traps

  • Top 10 attractions I avoid in Michigan...

    10. Parking at Washington Park $$$ entry / parking fee , snotty boat people, gestapo guards, police..9. Washinton Park zoo $$ very sad looking animals in a very bad environment + have to park at Washingotn park parking ripoff $$8. Blue Chip $$$ nothing like watching old folks gamble away their soc. sucurity checks huh?)7. Downtown. (is there...

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  • Top 10 attractions I avoid in Michigan...

    10. Parking at Washington Park $$$ entry / parking fee , snotty boat people, gestapo guards, police..9. Washinton Park zoo $$ very sad looking animals in a very bad environment + have to park at Washingotn park parking ripoff $$8. Blue Chip $$$ nothing like watching old folks gamble away their soc. sucurity checks huh?)7. Downtown. (is there...

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  • No it's not in Michigan

    it wanted to be, but Michigan would not have it.. Lock your doors, stick your head between your knees and kiss your A$$ good by Keep driving 10 more miles east you'll be in MIchigan!

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Michigan City Off The Beaten Path

  • The Heron Rookery

    South of Michigan City is the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Heron Rookery. Here in the spring, nesting pairs of herons raise their young. The dense tree tops hids their nest and it takes time and a trained eye to see them. Don't let the lack of finding birds send you away, there are acres of spring wild flowers to enjoy.The Rokkery is west of...

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  • Wanatah

    Wanatah is a crossing on US 30 and US 421. It grew out of a crossing of the Monon Railroad and the Pennsylvania Central Railroad. While it is not particularly famous, it is one of the locations that the Lincoln Funeral train stopped for a brief moment on it's way from Washington, D.C. to Springfield, IL.Wanatah Chamber of CommerceWanatah Scarecrow...

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  • New Carlisle's Christmas Shop

    New Carlisle lies east of Michigan City on U.S. 20. Don't be fooled into taking U.S. 12, at the junction 5 miles outside of town. US 12 becomes the bigger road as continues east towards South Bend. U.S. 20 turns north (left) and narrows to 2 lanes that wind eastward. It's worth the trip. In New Carlisle, you'll find the Village Shops, a collection...

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Michigan City Favorites

  • Don't miss the neighboring towns

    Michigan City can be an excellent base of operations to see northwest Indiana and southwest Michigan. Beaches and dunes spread north and west from Michigan City along the shores of Lake Michigan. Orchards and vineyards are within an hour or two of town. Festivals proliferate throughout the fall in this area. For details, try some of the neighboring...

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  • Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets

    The Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets mall located in downtown Michigan City (601 Wabash Street) has 120 stores. Some of the stores include Gap, Reebok, Pepperidge Farm, all at great prices. This outlet mall is probably the best attraction in town. In the picture notice the huge cooling tower of the NIPSCO power plant. The plant can be seen...

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  • Michigan City, Indiana

    Where the state of Indiana meets Lake Michigan is where you will find Michigan City. This town, located just minutes off Interstate 94 and the Indiana Toll Road east of Chicago, is a typical American town. There is a nice outlet shopping mall here, restaurants, hotels, a few museums, a marina, a lighthouse, a small downtown, etc., but the most...

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