Visit Lake Michigan beaches and other things to do in Portage, Indiana

The south shore of Lake Michigan, with its inviting beaches, is just one of the many reasons to visit Indiana. When you choose the Country Inn & Suites in Portage as your home away from home, you can explore the natural wonders of nearby Indiana Dunes State Park and Taltree Arboretum & Gardens. Looking for family-friendly things to do in Portage? Don’t miss the waterslide at Deep River Waterpark or biking at Imagination Glen.

If you’re planning on fishing, stop by Bass Pro Shops to gear up before heading out to Portage Lakefront and its fishing pier. For a change of pace, step back in time with a visit to the John Dillinger Museum. Savoring a gorgeous sunset view from the Riverwalk is a great way to end the day before returning to our hotel’s family aquatic center and game room.

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Deep River Waterpark

9.79 mi / 15.76 km from the hotel
Chill in the laid-back BAYOU River Ride, zip down one of the tube slides, or engage in water wars during the summer. The park converts to an ice-skating rink in the winter.

Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest

11.13 mi / 17.91 km from the hotel
Hike along the four-mile trail, go bird-watching, marvel at what's blooming in the Railway Garden, or simply enjoy a family picnic at this 300-acre outdoor facility.

Imagination Glen

1.97 mi / 3.17 km from the hotel
Pack a picnic to enjoy after a morning on the 10-mile Outback Trail at Portage's largest park. Imagination Glen entertains kids with a BMX racetrack in addition to playgrounds, sand volleyball, and a large nature preserve.

Portage 16 IMAX

3.76 mi / 6.06 km from the hotel
See first-run movies come to life on a huge screen at this Goodrich theater.

Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk

1.53 mi / 2.46 km from the hotel
A day of outdoor activities can end with exquisite sunsets over the lake and stunning views of Chicago at this local park.

Porter Beach

14.84 mi / 23.88 km from the hotel
Porter is one of the area's best beaches for summertime lounging on the sand.