A Norman Rockwell Kind of Place

  • Start: Miller Beach-Gary, IN
  • End: Valparaiso, IN
  • Last Modified: 2012-01-31 20:16:30
  • Total Mileage: 91 Miles
  • Number of stops: 10


Less than an hour's drive southeast of Chicago, the boutiques, cafes, historic sites, and beaches around Lowell, Indiana, draw families and day-tripping Chicagoans. They zip across the Skyway bridge to dine gourmet at Miller Bakery Café. Flanking Lake Michigan, the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore offers fresh air, family fun, and beach sun. Park rangers lead interpretive nature hikes. In Porter, Indiana, at Chellberg Farm, rangers conduct tours of the restored farmstead. Kids love to feed the barnyard animals. The 1987 Inn at Aberdeen is on a historic farm is in nearby Valparaiso, Indiana. A short drive southwest promises more family attractions. In Hobart, Indiana, see the operational 1836 gristmill and an old time baseball game. Families dive into fun at Deep River Water Park. For peace and quiet, drive south to Lowell, Indiana, staying at Inn Town Bed and Breakfast at the Spencer House. Small town Lowell offers big shopping at Tish's Antiques and The Davis Store. Buckley Homestead history farm educates youngsters on rural life. Good home cookin' dished at Nellie Jaynes Café.

Stop #1:

Lake Street Gallery
Miller Beach-Gary, IN

Stop #2:

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Porter, IN

Stop #5:

Deep River Water Park
Crown Point, IN

Stop #6:

Tish's Antiques
Lowell, IN

Stop #7:

Buckley Homestead
Lowell, IN

Stop #8:

The Davis Store
Lowell, IN

Stop #9:

Nellie Jaynes Cafe
Lowell, IN

Stop #10:

The Inn at Aberdeen
Valparaiso, IN

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