Drive or take public transit to Miller Beach! The seasonal free dune buggy takes you from the South Shore station to the Indiana Dunes National Park’s Douglas Center or the beach in minutes. Or walk to restaurants and shops from the South Shore station.
FIND US…it’s easy! We’re the closest Indiana Dunes National Park location to Chicago and Indianapolis. Just 30 miles from the Chicago Loop.
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DRIVING: Interstate Highways I90 (Chicago Skyway), I94 (Kennedy from Chicago) and I80 (Borman Expressway), and I65 all have exits that lead to highway 12. Highway 12 connects with historic downtown Miller Beach at Lake Street, as well as County Line Road. Both Lake Street and County Line drive directly north to reach Lake Michigan and beaches.
PUBLIC TRANSIT from Chicago via the South Shore Line: The South Shore Miller stop is next to Miller Beach’s historic downtown. Ride the South Shore and meet a friend for dinner or drink in town or bring your bike for the short ride to the beach or national park woods! Check the official South Shore Line website for schedules.
PUBLIC TRANSIT within Northwest Indiana via the GPTC: Bus service from Crown Point, East Chicago, Gary, Hammond, and Merrillville connect to Miller Beach. Check the official Gary Public Transit Corp website for schedules.
DUNE BUGGY BEACH SHUTTLE: The National Park Service operates a free weekend shuttle from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day from the South Shore Miller station to the Douglas Center for Environmental Education and the Miller Woods hiking trails, plus two Lake Michigan Beaches. For the most up-to-date information on the dune buggy shuttle, visit the Indiana Dunes National Park Facebook page.