Hours: 7am to 11pm., swimming from 11am to 6pm.
Fees: $7 for Indiana drivers, $12 for out-of-state drivers.
Lot capacity: Plenty of parking.
Amenities: Concessions, restrooms, lifeguard, picnic areas, campgrounds, wheelchair access
Notes: Indiana Dunes State Park offers 3 miles of beach, with a backdrop of forest and dunes. To see it up close, try one of the state park's 16.5 miles of trails. Several trails traverse Mount Tom.
Directions:Take Interstate 94 to Indiana 49, then head north.