Top Fourteen Places You Need to Visit in Michigan City

Uptown Artist District

Food, shopping, and art. All within walking distance. Michigan City’s Uptown Arts District is located between the southern Lakefront and 11th Street. You’ll find unique shops, lively restaurants, galleries, craft beer, museums, and the best beach on Lake Michigan. The U-District is where it’s at.  


Blue Chip Casino, Hotel and Spa

Need a weekend getaway? Grab some friends and relax with them at the spa at Blue Chip Casino. They offer unforgettable dining experiences with five amazing restaurants to choose from. Spa Blue offers a full-service men’s and women’s salon, massage, facial, steam bath, or whirlpool. And then there’s the casino, where you get lucky with 40 table games, 8 poker rooms,1,700+ slots, and live entertainment.


Friendship Botanic Garden

Break from the busyness of life and stroll through Michigan City’s Friendship Botanic Gardens. It’s scenic trails lead you through 105 acres of diverse natural habitats and beautifully cultivated gardens along the banks of Trail Creek. Walk along Lake Lucerne and experience the natural beauty of five different gardens. The Gardens hosts popular events every year including performances by Chicago Lyric Opera, Native American Heritage Day, Bug Safari, Haunted Trails, and more.


Beachwalk Resort Community

Step into a community of colorful houses, open front porches, narrow streets, and picket fences that imbibe the spirit of summer. Offering vacation rentals year-round, Beachwalk is the perfect summer spot. Explore the community’s private Lake Kai, and enjoy a sandy beach and fishing pier, as well as paddle boat, paddle board, and kayak rentals. With access to a private boardwalk, you’ll be steps away from a breathtaking stretch of Lake Michigan’s beach. You might even spot Chicago’s skyline at sunset.


Lubeznik Center For the Arts

Immerse yourself with our region’s art and culture. The Lubeznik Center for the Arts features work from local, national, and international artists. They even have an outdoor sculpture collection. And keep an eye out for new events and unique classes year-round.


Shoreline Brewery & Restaurant

Grab a group of friends to enjoy hand-crafted, award winning brews, and delicious meals at Shoreline Brewery & Restaurant. Its exposed brick walls and speakeasy-era style make for a fun lunch experience.


Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets

Shop, walk, and repeat. With 120 stores to choose from, Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets offers designer fashion, home decor, gifts and specialty items. The best deals and the best styles— find them here.


Barker Mansion

Dive into the history of Barker Mansion and take a tour of the multi-million dollar property. As a non-profit institution for schools, civic and cultural groups, and the public at large, learn about the legacy of the Barker Family.


Washington Park

If you’ve never been to Michigan City, visiting Washington Park is a must. Walk the Lighthouse pier, and enjoy the view of the dunes and coastline. The park itself offers a public beach, playground and splash pad for the kiddos, amphitheatre with frequent outdoor concerts, and tons of spots for the perfect outdoor picnic.


Washington Park Zoo

As one of Northwest Indiana’s only zoos, this is the perfect day trip for the family. The zoo features over 90 species of animals from all around the world. There’s plenty of exhibits as well as cafe’s and a gift shop. Be sure to check out the Observation tower where you climb 220 steps above street level to see beautiful views of the city and Lake Michigan.


Shady Creek Winery

For the winos and non-winos alike: a tasting experience at Shady Creek awaits. They offer beautiful views, outdoor patios, and covered porches for the enjoy-the-weather drinking days. They also have cozy fireplaces and warm tasting rooms for those especially cold, stay-inside type of days.


Burn ‘Em Brewing

Beer lovers unite. Burn ‘Em is a brewery you’ll want to visit. Its weirdly delightful taproom has 10 beers on tap at all times, and it gets its fun vibe from the owners who are pouring your beer. Burn ‘Em strives to craft creative and unique brews for the region.


Old Lighthouse Museum

When you think of Michigan City, oftentimes the iconic lighthouse along the lakefront is what comes to mind. Did you know that this isn’t the original one? The original lighthouse was built in 1837 and was replaced with the lighthouse you see in the picture here. It now serves as a museum, where you can visit the house and the lantern tower that was fueled by whale oil and visible for nearly 15 miles on the lake.


Zorn Brew Works

The legacy began in 1871. Philip Zorn Jr migrated to Michigan City to establish what is now known as Zorn Brew Works. After closing down in 1938, the building has since been renovated into an inviting and comfortable brewery. The decor pays homage to its heritage by utilizing exposed brick and treated lumber. Experience a new sense of excitement by tasting some of Michigan City’s oldest craft beer recipes.




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