IU Northwest is surrounded by plenty of unique attractions for the entire family. Nature lovers enjoy three miles of beaches, 11 trails for hiking, and 15,000 acres of dunes, oak savannas, prairies, rivers and forest at the Indiana Dunes State Park. Take a leisurely stroll through Gibson Nature Preserve or watch the bison roam at Broken Wagon Bison or Kankakee Sands Bison. Windsurf on Wolf Lake or take a cruise on Lake Michigan.
Bit of a history enthusiast? Northwest Indiana provides a wealth of history, including Buckley Homestead; the Community Veterans Memorials for WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam and Desert Storm; and the Historic Lake County Courthouse. Learn about the interchange where nearly 180 trains passed through daily at the Griffith Historical Park and Railroad Museum. Spend the day and explore Northwest Indiana!