The Washington Park Zoo has set a new record for attendance in 2017, up 2.6% from our last record season which was set in 2016. As of the first week of September 2017, a total of 87,497 guests have visited our furry, feathered and scaly friends (which is 2,273 more guests than at the end of last year!) While many of the zoo attendees came from Michigan City, about 88% were from out of town and their impact on the local economy is estimated at $6 million.
Visitors who enter Michigan City through the Eastern Highway 12 gateway will be greeted by a dazzling new landscape feature along the roadside. The entrance to Friendship Botanic Gardens has been extensively renovated into a spectacular mosaic of garden plots, stonework, and an aluminum sculpture of undulating ribbons created by renowned artist John Searles.
It’s that time of year again: Orchard Season! Northwest Indiana boasts some of the most scenic, variety-packed orchards in the Midwest, and this is the perfect season to take the whole family out for an exciting day of fruit picking. If picking isn’t your thing, these orchards and their markets offer everything from fruit, vegetables, jams, honey, delicious treats and so much!
The Washington Park Zoo founded in 1928, encompasses 15 acres on a hilly sand dune located near the southern shore of beautiful Lake Michigan. The zoo exhibits more than 90 species originating throughout the world. The animals are exhibited in natural settings, surrounded by botanical plantings. Among the exhibits are Bengal tigers, Cotton top tamarins, American alligators, Grizzly bear, Grey Wolves, Ring-tailed lemurs, River otters, Bald eagles, and more.
The City of La Porte Park and Recreation Department has started the process of preparing a master plan to improve parks and recreation opportunities throughout our city. Public input is being sought to provide the framework and set the priorities for those proposed improvements.
If you interact with children at all, odds are you've run into more than one that loves the park. From swings to slides and everything in between, there is something about a trip to the park that brings pure joy into a child’s eyes.
The La Porte Park and Recreation Department’s Night Bicycle Ride will take you on a leisurely starlit bike ride of La Porte. Please note this is NOT a race. All participants must wear a helmet and have a headlight and taillight on their bike. Participants under the age of 10 years old must be accompanied and ride with an adult, either pull behind or tandem and require their own registration.
The Michigan City Parks & Recreation Department announces that beginning the week of Monday, August 14th, 2017, lifeguards will NO LONGER be on duty at Washington Park beach during the weekdays. They WILL continue to be on duty on Saturdays and Sundays through Labor Day weekend from 10am-6pm.
Imagine traveling to the beach without worrying about the drive or hassle of parking! The South Shore Line along the Dunes learning center and the national park service, is helping make this a reality by offering a FREE Dune Buggy Beach Shuttle for the second consecutive year. Worrying about transportation is a thing of the past, as South Shore Line makes traveling through Northwest Indiana even easier. In their efforts to make a day of fun as simple as possible, they’ve added a way to enjoy the beach without driving!
The National Park Service has announced that the beach at Mount Baldy, located in Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, will reopen on July 14th at noon. The Mount Baldy area has been closed since the summer of 2013 when holes began opening up on the dune’s surface from decaying trees. Safe access to the beach was also destroyed by beach erosion.