Visit Lake Michigan beaches and other things to do in Portage, 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 the bike track at Imagination Glen.

If you’re planning to fish, 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 your hotel 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
Featuring stunning display gardens, the largest collection of oak trees in Indiana, and the spectacular Railway Garden, this 360-acre nature preserve shouldn’t be missed. You can also hike a four-mile trail, bird-watch, and picnic during your visit.

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.

Wells Street Beach

2.93 mi / 4.71 km from the hotel
This wide, sandy beach is popular for its concession stand and laid-back vibe.

West Beach

2.62 mi / 4.21 km from the hotel
Stretch out on the sandy shores of Lake Michigan or take a lakeside hike on four miles of beach.

Indiana Dunes State Park

6.8 mi / 10.94 km from the hotel
From beach yoga to guided nature hikes, this state park always has activities perfect for family adventures.