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Dune-Acres is located in Porter County, Indiana on the southern tip of Lake Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the population was 213. Less than an hour from Chicago or South Bend, Dune Acres is served by the South Shore Line commuter railroad. Called "a unique community," this lakefront community has a wide range of architecture, including original log homes to newly-built, modern homes. Dune Acres was incorporated in 1923 with a population of 16 people living in five homes. The original investors' purpose was to develop an upscale community on the shores of Lake Michigan akin to those on Chicagos North Shore. The initial step was to lay out Dune Acres first subdivision, which included about 175 acres of the then 587 acres in the town. Since then, eight more subdivisions have been added. Some people live in Dune Acres full-time, but many have second homes used only on the weekends and during the summer months. The terrain features rolling hills and natural sand dunes, with spectacular views of Lake Michigan. The area is considered a "botanist's paradise," with one of the highest levels of plant diversity in the country. The Dunes National Lakeshore surrounds the community and provides a tranquil, private lifestyle. There is even 24-hour security based at the town's entrance. Recreational activities at Dune Acres includes tennis, swimming, hiking, biking, and sledding in the wintertime.

Surrounding areas: Porter, Indiana (2.4 mi), Ogden Dunes, Indiana (5.8 mi), Beverly Shores, Indiana (6.3 mi), Michigan City, Indiana (10.6 mi), Sheridan Beach, Indiana (11.7 mi), Long Beach, Indiana (13.3 mi), Miller Beach, Indiana (13.9 mi)

Dune Acres Vacation Rentals

Dune Acres Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Spring House Inn303 Mineral Springs RdPorter, IN2.6 mi.(219) 929-4600
Econo Lodge713 PLZ DrChesterton, IN2.9 mi.(219) 929-4416
Hilton Garden Inn501 Gateway BlvdChesterton, IN2.9 mi.(219) 983-9500
Indian Oak Inn West BLDG558 Indian BoundryChesterton, IN2.9 mi.(219) 926-2200
Super 8 Motel418 Council DrChesterton, IN3.4 mi.(219) 929-5549
Hampton Inn6353 Melton RdPortage, IN5.6 mi.(219) 764-1919
Best Western PLUS Portage Hotel & Suites6200 Melton RdPortage, IN5.8 mi.(219) 734-6727
Days Inn6161 Melton RdPortage, IN5.9 mi.(219) 762-2136
Holiday Inn6200 Melton RdPortage, IN5.9 mi.(219) 762-5546
Motel 66101 Melton RdPortage, IN6.0 mi.(219) 763-3121
Super 8 Motel6118 Melton RdPortage, IN6.2 mi.(219) 762-8857
Comfort Inn2300 WillowcreekPortage, IN6.6 mi.(219) 763-7177
Sands Inn1630 Maple StMichigan City, IN6.8 mi.(219) 872-0717
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson At The Port1630 Olmsted DrPortage, IN6.9 mi.(219) 764-0021
Holiday Inn Express-portage2323 Willow Creek RdPortage, IN6.9 mi.(219) 762-7777
Black Hawk Motel3651 W Dunes HwyMichigan City, IN7.4 mi.(219) 872-8656
Al And Sally's Motel West3221 W Dunes HwyMichigan City, IN7.7 mi.(219) 872-9131
Red Roof Inn110 West Kieffer RdMichigan City, IN9.5 mi.(219) 874-5251
Comfort Inn3801 N Frontage RdMichigan City, IN10.0 mi.(219) 879-9190
Country Inn & Suites3805 N Frontage RdMichigan City, IN10.0 mi.(219) 879-3600
Days Inn Michigan City3934 North Frontage RdMichigan City, IN10.1 mi.(219) 879-1150
Abc Motel3948 S FranklinMichigan City, IN10.3 mi.(219) 879-0335
City Manor Motel5225 S FranklinMichigan City, IN10.3 mi.(219) 872-9149
Hampton Inn4123 S Franklin StMichigan City, IN10.3 mi.(219) 879-9994
Holiday Inn Of Michigan City5820 S Franklin StMichigan City, IN10.3 mi.(219) 879-0311
Super Eight Motel5724 S Franklin StMichigan City, IN10.3 mi.(219) 879-0411
Travel Inn Motel3944 S Franklin StMichigan City, IN10.3 mi.(219) 872-9441
Creekwood InnRt 30-35 At I-94Michigan City, IN10.6 mi.(219) 872-8357
Golden Sands Motel4411 US 12 EMichigan City, IN10.6 mi.(219) 874-6253
Knights Inn Motel BLDG 30201 W KieffersMichigan City, IN10.6 mi.(219) 874-9500
Norbert Motel45 N SR 421Michigan City, IN10.6 mi.(219) 872-0993
Country Inn & Suites8311 Ohio StMerrillville, IN11.7 mi.(219) 736-1300
Dons Motel5500 Milton RdPortage, IN11.8 mi.(219) 762-3317
Hampton Inn & Suites1451 Silhavy RdValparaiso, IN12.0 mi.(219) 531-6424
Inn At Aberdeen Ltd3158 South State Rd 2Valparaiso, IN12.3 mi.(219) 465-3753
Super 83005 John Howell DrValparaiso, IN12.7 mi.(219) 464-9840
Fairfield Inn-valparaiso2101 Morthland DrValparaiso, IN13.3 mi.(219) 465-6225
Courtyard By Marriott2301 E MorthlandValparaiso, IN13.4 mi.(219) 465-1700
Comfort Inn1915 S Mississippi StHobart, IN15.1 mi.(219) 947-7677
Lee's Inn6201 Opportunity LnMerrillville, IN15.6 mi.(219) 924-8555

Dune Acres Weather & Climate

Northwest Indiana has a four-season climate typical of most of the Midwest, with a few exceptions due to its proximity to Lake Michigan. Cold air passing over the warmer lake water induces precipitation in the lee of Lake Michigan in autumn and winter. As a result of this phenomena, heavy winter precipitation, especially snowfall, can amount to as much as 76 inches, compared to 14 inches in the south. Lake-related snowfall and cloudiness can extend to central Indiana in winter, driven by strong northwesterly winds. In the spring, daily maximum temperatures decrease northward in northern Indiana because of the cooling effect of the Lake. Average daily minimum temperatures in autumn are higher in northwestern Indiana near the warmer lake surface than farther south.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 30°F 15°F 1.88 in. -
February 34°F 19°F 1.58 in. -
March 45°F 28°F 2.39 in. -
April 56°F 38°F 3.55 in. -
May 68°F 48°F 3.25 in. -
June 77°F 57°F 4.64 in. -
July 81°F 63°F 3.33 in. -
August 79°F 62°F 4.46 in. -
September 73°F 55°F 3.19 in. -
October 62°F 43°F 3.27 in. -
November 47°F 33°F 3.32 in. -
December 35°F 21°F 3.00 in. -

Dune Acres Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Porter County Municipal airport (VPZ) located about 14 miles south of Dune Acres in Valparaiso, Indiana, the Gary Chicago International airport (GYY) located approximately 17 miles west of Dune Acres in Gary, Indiana, the South Bend Regional airport (SBN) located roughly 39 miles east of Dune Acres in South Bend, Indiana, the Chicago Ohare International airport (ORD) located around 47 miles northwest of Dune Acres in Chicago, Illinois, and finally the Du Page airport (DPA) located about 62 miles northwest of Dune Acres in Chicago / West Chicago, Illinois.

Dune Acres Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Sauzer's KiddielandScherervilleIN22.4 mi.
House of KicksChicagoIL32.2 mi.
Haunted TrailsBurbankIL36.3 mi.
JeepersHarwood HeightsIL43.2 mi.
KiddielandMelrose ParkIL43.4 mi.
Safari LandVilla ParkIL49.4 mi.
Enchanted CastleLombardIL50.1 mi.
DinorexAddisonIL50.5 mi.
Deer Forest Fun ParkColomaMI54.5 mi.
DinorexArlington HeightsIL55.1 mi.
Indiana BeachMonticelloIN64.7 mi.
Six Flags Great AmericaGurneeIL65.1 mi.
Santa's VillageDundeeIL69.6 mi.
DinorexCrystal LakeIL75.3 mi.
Adventureland Amusement ParkNorth WebsterIN75.3 mi.
Water Parks
Racing Rapids Action ParkEast DundeeIL68.5 mi.
Magic WatersCherry ValleyIL104.0 mi.
Full Blast - Flash Flood/Gully WasherBattle CreekMI108.3 mi.
Splash Family Water ParkGrand RapidsMI116.2 mi.
Michigan's Wild Water Adventure Water ParkMuskegonMI117.5 mi.
Golf Courses
Robbinhurst Golf ClubValparaisoIN6.7 mi.
Michigan City Municipal Golf CourseMichigan CityIN10.7 mi.
Forest Park Golf CourseBrazilIN11.4 mi.
Forest Park Golf CourseNoblesvilleIN11.4 mi.
Cressmoor Country ClubHobartIN11.8 mi.
Course at AberdeenValparaisoIN12.5 mi.
Creekside Golf Course & Training CenterValparaisoIN12.5 mi.
Forest Park Municipal Golf CourseValparaisoIN12.5 mi.
Mink Lake Golf Course & ParkValparaisoIN12.5 mi.
Indian Ridge Country ClubHobartIN12.9 mi.
Calumet Golf CourseGaryIN13.8 mi.
South Gleason Golf CourseGaryIN13.8 mi.
Turkey Creek Golf CourseMerrillvilleIN17.3 mi.
Grand Beach Golf CourseGrand BeachMI17.4 mi.
MacArthur Golf CourseEast ChicagoIN18.9 mi.
Griffith Golf CenterGriffithIN19.4 mi.
Whittaker Woods Golf CourseNew BuffaloMI20.1 mi.
Oak Knoll Golf ClubCrown PointIN21.8 mi.
Summertree Golf CourseCrown PointIN21.8 mi.
White Hawk Country ClubCrown PointIN21.8 mi.
Hammond Youth Golf Academy at Lost MarshHammondIN21.9 mi.
Scherwood GolfScherervilleIN22.6 mi.
Burnham Woods Golf CourseBurnhamIL23.1 mi.
Valley Hills Golf CourseRolling PrairieIN24.6 mi.
Pheasant Valley Country ClubCrown PointIN24.9 mi.
River Oaks Golf CourseCalumet CityIL25.5 mi.
Longwood Country ClubCreteIL26.1 mi.
Cedar Creek Family Golf CenterCedar LakeIN27.1 mi.
Cedar Lake Monastery Golf ClubCedar LakeIN27.1 mi.
South Shore Country ClubCedar LakeIN27.1 mi.
Ski Areas
Swiss ValleyJonesMI68.6 mi.
Timber Ridge Ski AreaGoblesMI79.1 mi.
State Parks
Indiana Dunes State ParkIN3.0 mi. 
Warren Woods State ParkMI27.1 mi. 
Warren Dunes State ParkMI31.3 mi. 
Potato Creek State ParkIN39.1 mi. 
Brauer Museum of ArtValparaisoIN12.3 mi.(Art)
Hesston Steam MuseumLaporteIN19.0 mi.(Technology)
PullmanChicagoIL32.2 mi.(History)
Spertus MuseumChicagoIL32.2 mi.(History)
Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian CultureChicagoIL32.2 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Museum of Online MuseumsChicagoIL32.2 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Peace MuseumChicagoIL32.2 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Spertus MuseumChicagoIL32.2 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Ukrainian Institute of Modern ArtChicagoIL32.2 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Adler Planetarium and Astronomy MuseumChicagoIL32.2 mi.(Science)
Chicago Academy of Sciences Nature MuseumChicagoIL32.2 mi.(Science)
Field Museum of Natural HistoryChicagoIL32.2 mi.(Science)
Museum of Science and IndustryChicagoIL32.2 mi.(Science)
Illinois Railway MuseumChicagoIL32.2 mi.(Technology)
Museum of Broadcast CommunicationsChicagoIL32.2 mi.(Technology)
Art Institute of ChicagoChicagoIL32.2 mi.(Art)
D'Arcy Museum of ArtChicagoIL32.2 mi.(Art)
David and Alfred Smart Museum of ArtChicagoIL32.2 mi.(Art)
Martin D'Arcy Museum of ArtChicagoIL32.2 mi.(Art)
Museum of Contemporary ArtChicagoIL32.2 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
Lincoln Park Zoological GardensChicagoIL32.2 mi.
John G. Shedd AquariumChicagoIL32.2 mi.
Brookfield ZooBrookfieldIL41.3 mi.
Potawatomi ZooSouth BendIN43.2 mi.
Racine Zoological GardensRacineWI82.5 mi.
Milwaukee County Zoological GardensMilwaukeeWI104.8 mi.
Fort Wayne Children's ZooFort WayneIN107.6 mi.
Binder Park ZooBattle CreekMI108.3 mi.

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