PLAY in Miller Beach

Miller Beach is the perfect get-away for families and groups from Chicagoland and beyond.

National Park Lovers Love Miller: Miller Beach is where the Indiana Dunes National Park begins, and is surrounded on all sides by the national park.  Beach Lovers Love Miller:  With over 5 miles of wide natural beach, there’s room for everyone and shallow walk in waters to play in. Hikers and Bicycle Riders Love Miller:  Over 20 miles of hiking and biking trails link local beaches, hiking trails, downtown shopping and architecture.  Art Lovers Love Miller: Miller Beach has a thriving arts scene, with galleries and street art in its downtown area as well as live performances.

Here are a few ways join in on the fun:

18th St. Brewery
Address: 5725 Miller Ave, Gary, IN 46403
Description: Taproom and craft cocktail bar, and kitchen. The 2nd largest brewery in Northwest Indiana. Craft saisons, double india pale ales, double milk stouts. Sour and brett beers. Mexican American fusion food onsite from Memo's Kitchen.
(219) 939-8802
Calumet Artists Residency
Address: Miller Beach, Gary, Indiana
Description: Working to enhance our community through the arts and the environment, over 25 artists, working in a wide variety of media. Not for profit.
D Performance Comedy Theater
Description: Bringing laughs to Lake Street.Shakespeare productions and other performances, weekly shows. Youth shows, mentoring. Founded by comedian Darryl Mance.
(773) 796-1327
Douglas Center for Environmental Education (Indiana Dunes National Park)
Address: 100 N. Lake St., Gary, IN 46403
Description: The Paul Douglas H. Center for Environmental Education is the westernmost visitor's center at Indiana Dunes National Park. We connect you to the surrounding natural environment through hands-on exhibits, ranger-guided hikes, lectures, live animals, nature-based arts and crafts, and a Nature Play Zone. Seminars and movies.
(219) 395-1821
Dune Buggy Beach Shuttle
Description: Free summer weekend shuttle provided by the National Park Service. Picks up at: South Shore Miller Train Station, Douglas Center, Lake Street Beach, Marquette Park. See official NPS website for most up-to-date service information.
(219) 395-1821
Indiana Landmarks Field Office
Address: 541 South Lake St., Gary, IN 46403
Description: Revitalizes communities, reconnects to our heritage, and saves meaningful places, historic landmarks, neighborhoods and downtowns. Tours and events.
(219) 947-2657
Jet Ski Launch at Lake Street Beach
Address: 860 N Lake St, Gary, IN 46403
(219) 938-7362
Lagoon Outlook Garden and Accessible Launch
Address: 1 N Grand Blvd, Gary, IN 46403
Description: ADA kayak and canoe launch on the Calumet Lagoon lets everyone paddle! Future educational garden on Native Plants. Located in Marquette Park.
Lake Street Beach
Address: 860 N Lake St, Gary, IN 46403
Description: Lake Michigan beach. Parking, jet ski and small craft launch. Paved dune path to Marquette Park. Free beach shuttle on summer weekends.
(219) 938-7362
Marquette Park
Address: 1 North Grand Blvd., Gary, IN 46403
Description: Gary's Marquette park is a sweeping beachfront park with playgrounds, Lake Michigan beaches, a concession stand, hiking, picnic areas, and captivating lagoons. Named after the famous missionary Jacques Marquette, the park offers an ADA Kayak Lagoon Launch and two events venues (Marquette Pavilion and Gary Aquatorium). Free and paid parking available.
(219) 938-7362
Marquette Park Pavilion
Description: Special events and weddings at this stunning venue. Ballroom, Mezzanine, Dance Pavilion. Formal Lounge, Terrace, and Garden. Located on the lagoon. Look no further!
(219) 938-7362
Miller Beach Arts & Creative District
Address: Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts 540 S. Lake Street, Gary, IN 46403
Description: Art exhibits, concerts, charity fundraisers, community meetings, films, dance performances. Close to Miller South Shore stop. Buy unique and original art.
(219) 938-6278
Miller Beach Farmer’s Market
Address: 667 S. Lake Street Gary, IN 46403
Description: Market Open Sundays from 10 am to 3 pm, May through September. Buy something from our vendors. Tell your neighbors, and invite some guests.
Nelson Algren Museum of Miller Beach
Address: 541 South Lake St., Gary, IN 46403
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Description: "The Man with the Golden Arm" writer Nelson Algren lived in Miller Beach in the 1950's. Our Museum keeps his memory/works alive. By appt. only, call or email as shown.
(773) 914-2574
Panthera’s Cocktail Lounge
Address: 5245 East Dunes Highway, Gary, IN, 46403
Description: Sophisticated lounge where you relax and enjoy great music, dancing, food and drinks. Live entertainment booked, check our FB! Inviting atmosphere for a 30+ crowd.
(219) 315-8768
Shops on Lake Street
Address: Lake Street north of Highway 12, Miller Beach, Gary, IN 46403
Description: Charming collection of unique shops, restaurants, and bars in historic Miller Beach downtown. Come Enjoy First Friday events and happenings!
The Breathing Room at Vibrations
Address: 430 South Lake Street, Gary, IN 46403
Description: Enjoy Health and Wellness with Yoga, and Sound Therapy at Vibrations! Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Hot Stone Massage. Co-located with the Juice Bar at Vibrations.
(219) 427-1175
Thumbs Up Tavern
Address: 620 S. Lake St., Gary, IN 46403
Description: Historic bar in downtown Miller Beach with weekly specials like thirsty Thursdays. Billiards. Outdoor patio for the summer months.
(219) 938-0154
Wells Street Beach
Address: 9501 Lake Shore Dr., Gary, Indiana 46403
Description: Beach front parking and concession. Patio serving beer, wine, and food. Summers: Wednesdays at Wells Street with live music til sundown! Open from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
(219) 938-8275
West Beach at Indiana Dunes National Park
Address: 376 North County Line Road, Gary, IN 46403
Description: Hike the West Beach Trail System at Indiana Dunes National Park. Enjoy the sweeping views of Lake Michigan from the top of the Dunes Succession trail stairs. See website for updated information on parking fees, and seasonal bath house and lifeguard hours.
(219) 395-1882
Woodson Library
Address: 501 S. Lake St., Gary IN 46403
Description: Check out some great reading or download an e-book! Computer room and quiet friendly location in downtown Miller Beach.
(219) 938-3941
Miller School Shops
Address: 665 S Lake St, Gary, IN 46403
Description: An old schoolhouse jam-packed with art, fashion, vintage treasures and antiques, staffed by volunteers, offering classes and workshops that promote creativity and entrepreneurism. Come visit, shop, learn, sell, create and teach!