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Top Things to Do Near Michigan City, IN

If you're visiting our Camp-Resort this season, you'll probably need a few suggestions for things to do outside of our Barton Lake campground! With all that we have to offer, you won't need to leave our Indiana campground unless you're itching to explore the surrounding area! Michigan City and neighboring towns have plenty of options for family-friendly things to do. Here is a mix of 10 things to do near Michigan City to keep in mind for your next stay at our campground in Northern Indiana!

Family-Friendly Attractions:

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Washington Park Zoo

Touted as a “Northwest Indiana Treasure”, the historic Washington Park Zoo was built in 1928 and is the home to over 90 different species of animals! With ticket prices ranging from FREE - $10, you can’t beat this fun-filled attraction in Michigan City that the whole family will enjoy!

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Friendship Botanic Gardens

Still looking for more things to do in Michigan City, Indiana? Step into nature at the Friendship Botanic Gardens! Enjoy a walk through the accessible trails or join for an upcoming event such as Bug Safari, La Porte County Symphony Orchestra summer concert, Butterfly Bonanza, and more!

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Indiana Dunes State Park

Don’t miss your chance to enjoy the great lakes during your stay at our campground near Michigan City! Bring your swimsuit and beach necessities and head over to Indiana Dunes State Park for a relaxing day! If you’re looking for more of a challenge, there are a few trails ranging in difficulty, all of which can be found on their website!

Top Local Restaurants:

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Shoreline Brewery and Restaurant

Specializing in pub eats and handcrafted beers, Shoreline Brewery and Restaurant might be the perfect place to find something for everyone on the menu! Plus, stop by this attraction in Michigan City on a weekend for their Sunday Summer Music Series

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Dune Billies

Sit back, relax, and enjoy this eclectic restaurant right near that water. Bite into mouth watering flavors during breakfast and lunch with their paninis, french toast, and more! Plus, you might even get the chance to experience live music during your visit! 

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Leeds Public House

There’s even more flavors to experience here in Michigan City during your time camping in Northern Indiana! Head over to Leeds Public House for “fresh food and craft cocktails”. Enjoy lunch, dinner, and weekend brunches right near the water at this restaurant whose walls are covered in murals, making it the perfect place for a photo opportunity. 

Best Nearby Activities:

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Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets

Looking to do a little shopping during your during your stay at our Northern Indiana campground? Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets is the only place you need to find anything and everything you need! Not to mention, they always have plenty of deals for you to get the most bang for your buck!

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Old Lighthouse Museum

Located within the Michigan City Uptown Arts District, the Old Lighthouse Museum is a great destination for all of the history buffs in your life - both young and old! Plus, be on the lookout for fun events and book signings with local authors.


Hesston Steam Museum

The Hesston Steam Museum in Michigan City, offers a nostalgic experience with its collection of steam-powered locomotives and engines set amidst tranquil woodlands. Visitors can enjoy live demonstrations, explore restored vehicles, and take scenic train rides, making it a captivating destination for history enthusiasts and families alike.


City Lanes Bowling Center

For the ultimate family night, check out City Lanes Bowling Center, where you can challenge your loved ones to a game or two of this classic sport. Plus, it’s the perfect place to cool off on any of our hot Indiana days during your camping trip near Michigan City.


Hopefully you're able to add a couple of these stops to your itinerary next time you stay with us! Our Camp-Resort is the perfect homebase if you're traveling to Indiana and interested in camping near Michigan City. While there is plenty to do at our Camp-Resort, we hope you can venture out to the things to do in Michigan City and other nearby towns to see some of our local favorites!