15,000 acres of parkland with 15 miles of Lake Michigan coastline and 50 miles of trails through dunes, prairies, wetlands and forests? Sounds like a good day of exploring to me! And yes, it’s in Indiana, near the small town of Porter and less than an hour’s drive from Chicago. Who knew! And if you’re a winter outdoor enthusiast, the park offers great cross-country skiing and snowshoeing opportunities in the winter months as well. Interested in catching a glimpse of migrating birds of all kinds? Head out on the Great Marsh trail and bring your camera and binoculars to capture great views of heron and other wetland frequenters. This park offers a surprising array of activities in an unexpected location, so be sure you don’t miss out!