Indiana is one of those states that has four seasons, which we think can be both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, it’s almost like no season is long enough (except winter, which can be TOO long more often than not), and on the other, it means new times and a fresh start are never too far ahead. But, sometimes, no matter which season it may be at the time, you crave a little bit of summer, and when that mood strikes, you know what to do. That’s right: read up on the most amazing beaches in Indiana – and maybe visit each one!

Each of the following amazing beaches in Indiana is beautiful all year long, and boy, do they give the Caribbean a run for its money. Read on to see what we mean!

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So, no matter what time of year it is, at least know this, Hoosier friends: there’s always the beach, and there are amazing beaches even in Indiana. Which gorgeous Indiana beach is your go-to favorite? Tell us about it in the following comments section.

Do you know that some Indiana beaches have glass on them too? To learn where to go, take a look at our article about beach glass in Indiana. We suggest checking out AllTrails for hikes near beaches in Indiana too.

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Beaches in Indiana

What are some of the best dog-friendly beaches in Indiana?

Here are some of the best dog-friendly beaches in Indiana:

  • Dunbar Beach: Your furry pal is welcome to join you on this scenic beach as well as other areas that are east of Indiana Dunes National Park. However, they're required to be on a leash that's a maximum of 6 feet.
  • Fox Island County Park: The next time you'd like your pup to run free, head to the designated dog beach in this Fort Wayne Park.
  • Lake View Beach: If you're planning to spend some time in Beverly Shores, feel free to walk your pup along this pristine beach. Afterward, spend time enjoying the nearby dog-friendly shops.

 

What are some of the best hikes in Indiana?

In addition to visiting beaches any time of year, check out these best hikes in Indiana:

  • Trevlac Bluffs Bottomland Loop Trail in Helmsburg: This easy mile-long hike is a popular spot to take your furry pal for a walk in the winter.
  • Trail 8 in Brown County State Park: At 3.9 miles, expect to receive a nice workout when you hike this intermediate-level hike in Indiana.
  • Three Lakes Trail in Morgan Monroe State Forest: Your leashed dog is welcome to join you on this moderate hike that's open throughout the year.
  • Pixley Knob to Deam Lake in Clark State Forest: Since this scenic hike is rated hard, plan to spend at least eight hours to complete the 18-mile trail.